OMG!! I highly recommend this book for anyway looking for their next book to read!! Just finished and had the ugliest cry ever! It is amazing! At times the emotions surprise you. Sometimes you can see it coming but the way the author puts it, the emotions smack you harder than you expected. Love, hate, strength, bravery, sorrow, tragedy, it has it all!
I found this book tedious, repetitive and most insulting to my time, it was poorly written. Achingly overreaching for prose, flowery similes & metaphors, and not additive to the story. Yet ANOTHER book where flipping between the (near) present and mostly the past is a tiresome construction that authors seem to use lately that adds nothing. I wanted to stop by the 5-10 chapter (of 39!) but finished this 600+ page "tome", as it's a book club assignment. Yes, this story is supposed to highlight the female viewpoint of the war experience, but the sisters seemed so incredibly stupid. When it came to reacting/behaving to the increasing horrors of the war and repeatedly putting themselves at risk, their characters were not believable nor sympathetic. I was more interested in the secondary characters: the other woman in the resistance or the father's backstory. The love story just seemed thrown in for the benefit of a potential screenplay deal. And the younger sister who's so compelled to do something "important" and not be interested in silly boys, in the end all she can say is, "I used to be pretty" - wow, negates the whole feminist rationale for this book.
This book captivated me from the first chapter. It's beautifully written with excellent character development and historical description. I learned details about occupied France that I'd not considered or imagined before. Highly recommend!
Decent book but not one if you are looking for a detailed description of life during the German occupation of France. This book represents a very detailed story, but too detailed to have any regard to the entire war and how its progression changed life in France. There are two sisters, Isabelle, and Vianne Rossignol. The two sisters have two different mindsets about the war. Vianne is naive and thinks the government will protect them from the dangers of war, but Isabelle thinks not. She joins the "Resistance" and begins by spreading anti-german propaganda papers. I think escapes in this book are too narrow and it focuses too much on doubts of the abilities of women that it appears that the German interrogators are robots programmed to think women cannot do anything heroic and brave. Vianne soon realizes the reality of the situation and begins helping Jewish children. In the end, she saves 19 Jewish children and earns herself a righteous title of a war hero. I rated this 6/10 because this book is too tunnel-visioned that it is a book about assumptions, not facts.
Some good history here, especially for readers without much knowledge of WWII in Europe as it can serve as an introduction to the war in France. However, the storyline itself becomes rather predictable for those who are well-versed regarding the Nazi invasion, the French Resistance and the horrors of the Holocaust.
Such a beautiful, moving story. A must read for fans of historical fiction. It’s also a being made into a movie in 2019.
Amazing book - outstanding portrait of people who are in impossible position - a picture of what the effect of war is on everyone who just happens to be in its way.
Historical Fiction has never been done so beautifully. Based during WWII, tells a story of two sisters and their struggle to survive German occupation of France. You become so immersed in their story, you become part of it.
The narrator does an exceptional job, she makes the novel come alive!
Holocaust and a young woman's efforts to rescue prisoners. Powerful story
Well written, fast-paced, and so interesting. It was hard to read about the atrocities committed during WW2, but Kristin Hannah is able to describe them without sensationalism. Definitely a good quick read.
The characters were well developed and the plot captures interesting historical events however the book is 10 chapters too long and drags on.
An incredibly moving story of two sisters and how each responds to the horrors of WWII in very different but equally heroic ways.
Excellent - Kept me reading all 438 pages. The atrocities of the Second World War and how it changed the lives in particular of the French people. Set in France in World War II, two sisters who live in a small village find themselves estranged when they disagree about the imminent threat of occupation. Separated by principles and temperament, each must find her own way forward as she faces moral questions and life or death choices. Beautifully written and will have a lasting hold on me.
This is an amazing book! The second you read the first sentence of the book you'll never want to put it down until your finished. I read this in about a day without stopping. The story is heart wrenching and filled with grief, heroism, and love. I 100% recommend this book to you
Great book, highly recommended!
Omg, after an 8 year reading hiatus (since becoming a mom) this book sucked me right back into my reading addict self. Next stop, more Kristin Hannah books!
Long after this audiobook ended, the characters, the horrors, losses and sacrifices of WWII and the illumination of the overwhelming vitality of love in life stayed with me! I have not read such a good book in a long time! I rooted for and cried with these characters and gasped as the twists and surprises encountered! Highly recommended!
Absolutely adored this book. I read Kristin Hannah’s firefly lane and this book blew it out of the water. Well done and kept my attention. The reader for the audiobook held my attention as well.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction, particularly stories that occur around World Wars.
The Nightingale takes us all the way from 1939 to the end of the World War II. This is an in-depth tale that describes the War, the Resistance in Paris, and the many choices that people had to make in order to survive. This book tore me apart emotionally, put me back together again with a feeling of hope, and tore me apart again. Highly recommended.