“In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.”
A beautifully written novel, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, captures an element of World War II that we do not often see — women in war. We travel across France between two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, as they struggle to live in a war-torn France. The sisters have stark-different world views and circumstances as they fight survive, but each women’s journey shows readers there is more than one way to be a hero.
The historical background in this novel is impressive. Hannah’s research was able to capture the reality of war, while bringing alive fascinating and complex fictional characters. Her writing is captivating and has you hooked from the first page and weeks after the last.
This historical fiction novel is wonderful and heart-wrenching. I loved every second of it. It’s an interesting portrayal into the complexities of women; what women will do for the ones they love; and what they’re willing to do for what is right.
“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
Hope everyone is having a wonderful and restful weekend! Have you been reading anything good?