Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3.0 out of 5 stars - "Memories. Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain."
Two sisters face the horrors of German-occupied France during WWII and find courage and unbelievable resilience in the face of constant danger.
Vianne Mauriac sends her husband off to the front while she maintains their home and cares for their daughter in quiet Carriveau. Her world is torn apart when a German soldier commandeers her home and when she has some difficult decisions to make in order to survive. Things get even worse when the Germans begin to arrest the Jews and take away homes and businesses.
Eighteen-year-old Isabelle has been willful, impetuous, and wild most of her life. She felt unwelcome with both her sister and her father and joins the French Resistance after Gaetan, a man she loves, abandons her. The choices she makes in a world gone mad surprise her most of all.
I've read almost all of Hannah's previous books and this is not my favorite. Although the last few chapters of the book were the most interesting to me as an old woman prepares for an award ceremony in Paris and the dangling ends tie up as we learn the outcome of the sisters' lives, much of the book was repetitive and it seemed to drag on as the point of view shifted from sister to sister in the recounting of the war years. I'm sure Hannah's fans, as well as those who are interested in WWII historical fiction, will not want to miss this.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.