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The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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    Feb 2015, 448 pages

    Apr 2017, 592 pages


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  • Lucy B. (Urbana, OH)
    The Nightingale
    The book begins in 1995 and then jumps back to 1939 to tell of happenings in France prior to and during World War II. Sisters Isabelle and Viann have many anxious moments, problems, etc. and the author keeps the reader engaged as their stories unfold and other characters are brought into the novel. The book tells of feelings and situations, such as despair, ugliness, survival, death, pain, loss, fear, anger, love, shame, horror, secrets, murder, hopelessness, bravery, hunger, tragedy, endurance, memories, heroism, miracles, joy, regret, grief, heartache, sadness. I'm amazed at how much a person can endure and still survive Good read.
  • Esther L. (Newtown, PA)
    France Under The German Occupation
    This book falls under what I call "Holocaust Light", but the more involved I got in the story the more I enjoyed it. Taking place in France under Germany's occupation it was a different view of the time during World War 2. Bravery, daring as well as desolation were all a part of the story. The character development was generally good except that it was frustrating to have part of the story narrated by one of the key protagonists 50 years later now living in America but to never be told how she had ended up there and what had happened in the intervening years. Over all, well done.
  • Julia E. (Atlanta, GA)
    WWII France Frames This Classy Chick Lit Tale
    As with most of her best-selling novels, Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale focuses on the intricacies of family relationships. Here, she has set her fast paced tale during the very bleak years of the Nazi Occupation of France (1940-45). Little surprise then that the plucky, head-strong sister joins the Resistance, while the conservative one takes longer to find her niche in the fight. Conforming to genre norms, the plucky one is fearless, her love interest has gray-green eyes, and eventually all family misunderstandings are are exposed and forgiven. Well-researched and smoothly written, Nightingale is a great companion for a rainy mid-winter afternoon.

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