The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This cover image released by St. Martins Press shows "The Nightingale," a novel by Kristin Hannah. (AP Photo/St. Martins Press)

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This book was just wow and I can’t think of a better one to christen this page with. I love Kristin Hannah and I’d read most of her books before this I picked up this one, but this is just one of those books that stays with you long after you finish reading it. 5 out of 5 stars. 

The story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who live in war-torn, German-occupied France in WWII. Vianne has a husband and a daughter and is older and quieter, while Isabelle is younger and more rebellious. Each sister deals with her own struggles during the war and the novel explores the strength of the women back at home. Although there are love stories within the book it isn’t the main focus and that’s refreshing. It focuses on the strength of these two sisters and the war they’re fighting too, not just on the front. The chapters go back and forth between present day and during the war and Hannah keeps the narrator of present day a secret until the very end.

This book is poignant, beautiful, and heartbreaking. I’m not going to lie, I was crying my eyes out at the end and I don’t normally do that. If you’re not into history-related books then this isn’t for you, and if you want something upbeat this certainly isn’t for you, but this book was so incredibly well-written and so moving it was hard to not love it.

To be honest, this book has easily made it into my top five, if it’s not actually number one now, that’s how much I loved it. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. If you’ve read it leave your thoughts in comments!

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