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During World War II, two very different French sisters deal with the Nazi occupation in two very different ways. One becomes a reluctant collaborator while the other becomes an aggressive rebel. The core story is highly exaggerated and overly melodramatic, but the writing flows briskly and keeps you entertained. Still, I read this novel with a great sense of dread, because we all know what happens to brave women in these dramatic World War II novels.
A book that I will never forget..the characters and their story stay with you. I have read other WW2 stories before but this author has such a way of making you really see and feel what the characters were going through. I had to stop reading a few times because I felt so emotional and sad. An engaging read for sure.
This is certainly one of my favorite novels regarding WW2. It was an excellent read and plot line was very interesting for both the characters. It would definitely be worth reading again.
I had high hopes of reading what so many deemed a fantastic story, what a let down. This was bad from the get go but I kept with it thinking it could only get better. It didn't. This is terribly written with very little to no character building and scenes that do not meld but instead become choppy losing the flow of this story. Many parts felt like the writer came home too tired to write but punched out a few paragraphs just to get anything on the page.🤷♀️
I read this amazing historical novel twice....not often does that happen. The indepth research by the author and contributions by Tatiana de Rosnay , also a favourite writer clearly defined the human suffering and sacrifices of those who gave us our freedom and hope for future mankind....A very profound , educational and heart rendering story.
There are not enough superlatives to fully cature this work of fiction.
Exceptional writing, heartbreaking story, and richly fleshed-out characters. This one is not for the faint of heart. Over the course of the story, you will be placed in the tumult of WWII but will see the events through the eyes of two exceptional human beings.
The audio version of this book rises to the level of the storyline. The voice acting, including the accents and emotions of the characters, helps to make the story come alive.
Voilà. The Nightingale. It is as good as they say.
This was a wonderful, well written book. The author draws you into the story, the characters and the scenery. I am usually not a fan of books written about war, but loved this one.
When 2018 was coming to a close I saw a few of my friends mentioning some of their favorite reads of the previous year. A couple of them mentioned the same author multiple times - Kristin Hannah. Folks were repeating the titles The Nightingale and The Great Alone, and luck was on my side because both titles were available at my library so I snagged them both. As per usual, I didn't know much about the book before I opened it, other than friends were raving about it, but that has never stopped me before. This novel revolved around two sisters during World War II and their stories of love, strength and bravery. I don't want to give anything away, but let me just say one word... WOW! I flew through this one (and at over 400 pages that isn't an easy feat) and had to do my fair share of reading through tears. I know this was "just" a novel, but it really struck me that there were so many people who actually lived through stories similar to the one in the book. I still have to shake my head at the atrocities that occurred and pray daily that we never let similar travesties repeat themselves. I would give it a 10 out of 10.
A page turner...WW2 history intertwined into a fiction story about love, family and the sacrifices that come with war.
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.
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