The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah

Read it. I think that’s the most important thing I can say in this review. Read it bc you want something real. Something beautiful. Bc you want to learn and remember. Read it bc it will change you a little.
Vianne and Isabelle are French sisters in 1941. They’re 10 years apart, and it would seem, vastly different people. When war comes Vianne and Isabelle react in their own way. Isabelle is rebellious and angry. Vianne is terrified – mostly for her children.
This is world war 2 as told to us through the stories of 2 exceptional women. Terrible things happen – parts are difficult to read. I read 3 other books during the 5 days this book took – simply so I could breathe. I cried twice and sobbed at the end. This was a story of suffering told with a light hand. Never manipulative. Never over the top. But mostly this was a story of bravery. Immense bravery that is absolutely inspiring. Even with the pain – the atrocities – the sadness – I finished the book inspired and happy by the bravery and kindness in Kristin Hannah’s world. I was afraid to read this book – but I’m so thankful that I did.

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