Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. It gives a good representation of French women during WW2, the ones that fought the Germans, the ones that hid in fear for their lives and the ones that simply tried to survive. The main characters are two sisters who are very different in personality and goals. One wants to fight and one wants to protect her child and await her husband's return. Neither has an easy way of it during the war.
There are amazing chapters of immense bravery and horrific chapters of German degradation, torture and murder.
I was gripped to the very end... especially as I waited to find out if the elderly lady that popped into present time chapters now and again was Vianne or Isabelle - who survived and who didn't?
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (February 3, 2015)
In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.