St. Martin's Press, 1/2015
When I initially looked at Nightingale
by Kristen Hannah, I thought two things; 1) Oh no, ANOTHER World War
II novel and 2) Holy crap! Kristen Hannah wrote a WWII novel?!
Because of those two things, I picked it up thinking I'd give it the
old college try, and I am SO glad that I did. Hannah's writing style
is not her normal beach reading type, but rather a completely
captivating and mysterious type that left me wanting to do nothing
but continue reading.
story focuses on France during the Nazi invasion in the 1940's and
two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who did not have such a great
upringing because of the first world war. When Vianne's husband is
called to war she is left with their daughter, Sophie, and eventually
the strong-willed and extremely independent Isabelle. As to be
expected, the sisters go through trial after trial and tribulation
after tribulation whilst trying to navigate through the Nazi
invasion. The reader experiences everything alongside Vianne and
Isabelle from the cold winters to a Nazi commander taking up
residence with them.
Hannah has written an absolute historic and magical gem that I could
not peel myself away from. I have read many world war novels and
non-fiction works alike, but I have not been as drawn in quite as
much as I was to Nightingale