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The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah X
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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    Feb 2015, 448 pages
    Apr 2017, 592 pages

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Excellent book
If you love history (WW2) and fiction this book is for you. This books describes how war can tear apart families but ultimately love wins. You will cry tears of sadness and joy. I could not put the book down.
Sarah A

This story puts the reader in the middle of events as they happen. This is real story telling, effective when reflecting actual history and experiences. The depth and breath of the emotional relationships of the characters is nothing less than phenomenal. making the reader not only an eye witness but also feeling what the characters are feeling. I could not put this book down and reads at bedtime until my eyes crossed. Having lived through WWII and having visited France made this story all the more relative. What a read!
Anna Marie Virgint

The Nightingale
Riveting, well researched, illuminating on the topic of the Holocaust atrocities. I agree with another reviewer. I felt an empty spot in the story on how V ended up in America, and Antoine just dropped off the radar. Great, great book. Human depravity at its worst.

The Nightingale
Best book of 2015. Be ready to finish it in one setting!

Great book
I describe this as a great book and I really did like it, but I thought it dragged in parts. The dialog was well written and the French terms and words were translated well, though I do speak French. Very apt descriptions of wartime Europe.
Chari in Maine

Great - Loved it
Kristin Hannah is great at writing this kind of book. She is a great writer and storyteller. This book is set in the WWII era in France. It's about the hardships, terror, brutality of the period, but also the bravery, kindness and humanity. I couldn't put it down, and you won't be able to either. The story stayed with me long after finishing and I still would like to go back and be with the characters again.
Chari Burdick

Hannah at her best
I loved this book. It is Hannah at her best. If you read Winter Garden you will love this one as well. I found myself wanting to go back to the characters lives long after I had finished the book. If you enjoy stories from the war and all the struggles that entailed...the bravery of the innocent. you will enjoy this book!
Power Reviewer

Well researched and well written
Do not be put off by the “women’s fiction” classification of this book. THE NIGHTINGALE is a well- researched, well written discussion of the realities, cruelties and decisions that face an ordinary family in Vichy France. The book, beginning in 1938 as war approaches, is told from the viewpoint of the surviving sister many years later. The family, father and two sisters, is torn apart by their individual decisions when one sister and her children are forced to house a German officer in the family home in a small village after her husband joins the Allied Forces. The father, remaining in Paris, attempts to continue the family’s bookstore, while the second daughter chooses to join the resistance.
Village life under occupation and the dangers of resistance are clearly shown. The characters and situations are well developed and realistic. The supporting characters are shown to be humans acting under extreme duress – the good are not always good and the bad are not always bad.
I would have preferred to learn more about Rachel and her plight after she is forced from her job early in the occupation. We never quite learn how she is able to survive and seemingly thrive with no money and no way to get any.
Book groups will have a plethora of topics to discuss, including what decisions they would make concerning “outing” Jews, lying to friends and family, fraternizing with the enemy, murder, resistance, and many others.
5 of 5 stars

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