Book Review: The Nightingale
I’m delighted to recommend Kristin Hannah’s 2015 novel The Nightingale
for your reading enjoyment!
This riveting book was recommended by a sweet walking friend that knew I’d
been devouring books related to French food, culture, and enigmatic French
The Nightingale was the first book I read in the Pre to Post WWII genera,
depicting the hardships of the French people during the Nazi occupation of
France. After reading this richly satisfying story, I was hooked and have been reading this category almost exclusively for many months now.
The Nightingale has captured the imagination and heart of many and Tri-Star
pictures is making the screen adaptation of this captivating story. The full-featured film is set for release in December of 2022 and will feature Dakota and Elle Fanning as the Mauriac sisters. The esteemed director, Melanie Laurent also directed Inglorious Bastards.
This book is a historical fiction depicting the story of 2 French sisters,
Vianne and Isabelle that struggle to survive and resist the Nazi occupation of
France after losing their mother to an untimely death. Their impossibly
hardened WWI veteran father ships them off to Carriveau, a fictional town set
in the Loire Valley as youngsters and this becomes the setting for this
The characters are well-written and relatable in this epic panorama of WWII.
The story features the “women’s war” as its overarching theme and we
see the sisters, very different in personality and temperament, wage their personal wars against the Germans. These parallel stores are woven together seamlessly
to create a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the human spirit
and that goodness can prevail even in the harshest circumstances.
Have you read The Nightingale? Are you currently reading a book that you think my readers would enjoy? If you answered yes to either of these questions, join the conversation below by making a comment, we’d love to know what you think.
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