The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, 2015

My third place historical fiction pick of 2016…

This is the one that started me on a historical turn this year. I grabbed it along for spring break road trip and it ruined every other book I brought with me. The rest simply couldn’t compare. It is adult fiction, not young adult, with a bit of language and some sexuality (not inappropriately done, though it contains abuse). Suitable for upper teens interested in WWII.

I’m borrowing the “official” blurb:

nightingalehannahIn the quiet village of Carriveau, France, 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.

Superb storytelling. Beautiful story. Grimly nostalgia. Historical fiction at its best.

Grab it from Amazon.

4 thoughts on “The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, 2015

  1. I am a huge Kristin Hannah fan and have read the Nightingale. I am so glad you enjoyed the book. It’s being made into a movie and I know the screenplay is/was being written. The strong female protagonists in WWII, contributed to the movie appeal. This was an exciting read for me. Have you read “Winter Garden?” I think you’d enjoy that book just as much — it’s my favorite of all her historical fiction books. So happy to see your review today! Kristin has written a new book, but don’t know if it will be released in 2017.

    1. Oops, I was in Savannah all last week and missed this in my scores of emails when I got back. 🙂 Yes, this one is so beautifully written. I wasn’t aware of the movie. I’d love to see it when it comes out. I’ve tried several other Kristin Hannah novels since but didn’t care for them nearly as much. I think she just got the mix of history just right for me in this one. I’ll check out Winter Garden. I’m always up for historical fiction. Thanks, Pat!

    1. Lol, yeah, same thing happened with my recent trip to Savannah. There was that One Book that made all the others read like work by a high schooler. And, yup, it was historical fiction again. I hope you enjoy this one!

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