The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

8/10
(8/10)

438 pages

What’s it about?
This is an epic novel that showcases the important role that women played in World War II.  The novel takes place in France and centers around two sisters and the different paths they choose during the conflict.   This story is told in retrospect and that perspective adds another layer to the novel.

What did I think?
This was just a great read.  Fully drawn characters and France in 1939 is a setting fraught with so much drama.   What we choose to share about our younger selves as we age was also interesting facet of the book.

Should you read it?
It is a good story with interesting characters.  It would be a great book to read on vacation, as it is easy to pick up and put down again.

Quote-
“I can’t help smiling at that.  He is such an American, this son of mine.  He thinks one’s life can be distilled to a narrative that has a beginning and an end.  He knows nothing about the kind of sacrifice that, once made, can never be fully forgotten or fully borne.  And how could he?  I have protected him from all of that.”

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