Friday Find: Book Review
We made it to Friday, and hopefully this Spring weather will return this weekend. We get to spend a weekend at home, and I am very excited! I love to travel and see people I love, but sometimes a weekend at home is exactly what the doctor ordered! Today is #unplugday, a day focusing on enjoying something other than our smart devices (finish reading the post before you #unplug!) so I thought for our Friday Find I would review a book I just finished, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah.
Here is the description from Kristen Hannah's Website:
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."
How fitting is it that I review this book after International Women's Day! These two women define what we celebrated yesterday. I could not set this book down, I was fascinated and inspired by these characters. I have always loved World War II history, but rarely have had the opportunity to study the "women's war". While this is fiction, you are given real events that took place, and see the impact this war had on the French People.
In this novel, one sister helps downed airmen escape out behind enemy lines, and I felt drawn to learning more through the personal connection my family has. My grandmother's brother was a downed airman in Italy during this war, and was hidden by an Italian family. For some time my grandmother, her parents, and siblings thought the worse, but because of this Italian's family bravery, he was able to recover and come home. Reading this story really emphasized the bravery and inspiration of all those who did their part.
So for #unplug day, head to your local bookstore or Kindle (permission to use this particular smart device), and check this novel out! I will definitely be keeping this one and recommending it to friends. I intend to check out more on this topic and this particular author.
Do you have any favorites by Kristen Hannah? Or do you have any favorites from World War II?