Kristin Hannah is pretty high up there on my favorite author list and her newest novel, The Nightingale, moved her up a little bit higher. Hannah’s writing is beautiful, descriptive, and full of feeling.
The Nightingale takes place in Nazi-occupied France in the midst of World War II. The novel follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, whose lives during the war dramatically differ. Vianne’s husband goes off to fight in the war, living Vianne to care for their young daughter. When the Nazis take over Vianne’s town, a soldier boards at Vianne’s house, forcing Vianne to align with the enemy in order to protect herself and her daughter from harm. Isabelle, on the other hand, cannot sit idly by. Isabelle searches for a way to play an active role in the war and joins the French Resistance. She continues to risk her life time and time again to protect the lives of Allied soldiers.
Weaving between the sisters’ perspectives, The Nightingale shows what life during wartime truly is: filled with pain and love but also full of love. I loved reading this novel – the characters were wonderfully developed, the story intriguing and the ending heartbreakingly beautiful. Definitely worth a read.