Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Posted August 25, 2016 by Merelyn Reads in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Nightingale by Kristin HannahThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 449
Format: eBook
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5 Stars

Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.


So where do I start with this book… Oh I know! I really didn’t like this book! Now wait just a minute before you throw a shoe at the screen. I’ll tell you why I didn’t like this book and why I gave it the rating I did. First let’s start with the rating. I rate my books on how well they are written, originality of the story line, character development, pacing of the story, among other things. This book had all these attributes by the bucket load. Exceptional writing, unique story line, complex characters. Which is why I gave it five stars.
Now to the fun part. Why I didn’t like this book. The honest answer is it made me feel too much. Now you’re are probably wondering how can I not like a book like that? This book made me feel happy, sad, scared, grateful and a bit guilty as well. I was born to a generation and a country that didn’t have to face the horrors of war. I hear about the destruction that wars bring in the news and I change the channel. Why? Because it makes me sad. This book teaches us how fragile life can be. One day you might be enjoying a beautiful day in the sun and the next something unimaginable might happen to you and the people you love.
I didn’t t like this book because it made me face my own inadequacies head on. How I should show the people that I love how much I love them more often. How I should treasure every minute that I am blessed to have them in my life. How I should endeavor to be brave and face the challenges that life throws my way. So be brave, love more, take chances but above all enjoy every minute of this fickle life because each and everyone of them is precious.
5 Stars

About Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter GardenNight Road,and Firefly Lane.

Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in over 39 languages and is currently in movie development at Tri Star Pictures. Her novel, Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to direct.

Kristin is a former-lawyer-turned writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband. She began her writing career as a young mother and has never looked back. Her novel, Firefly Lane, became a runaway bestseller in 2009, a touchstone novel that brought women together, and The Nightingale, in 2015 was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, iTunes, Library Journal, Paste,The Wall Street Journal and The Week.  Additionally, the novel won the coveted Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards. The audiobook of The Nightingale won the Audiobook of the Year Award in the fiction category.

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