Title: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: WWII Fiction
Story: Told from the viewpoint of two sisters, the reader follows them through the fight against the Nazi’s in France. Vianne, the older more sensible sister just wants to survive, and for her husband who is fighting in the war to return safely. Isabelle, the younger sister, is full of resistance and will stop at nothing to save her country.
What Worked: Everything. Think you’ve read and know all there is to know about WWII? Tired of this line of writing? This one will seriously blow your socks off. I’m still hungover from it. Hannah’s style of writing is so touching, but not smothered in prose and lyrical filler. The story itself is believable, and the amount of research this must have taken her is incredible. It reads with severe intimacy. I haven’t read one bad review of this novel, which is telling.
What Needed Work: I am pretty sure I am not alone when I say that this book was just marvelous and I wouldn’t change a thing. You can tell this book has been mulled over by MANY readers, editors, agents, etc. and has been crafted within an inch of its life. There is not a stone left unturned in regards to editing through and through.
Overall: After seeing literally everyone I know (who reads) post about this book, I had to jump on the Kristin Hannah train. No regrets and I can’t wait to dig into more of her previous pieces. I’m hoping they are just as satisfying!
If you wanna read: iTunes $9.99
Follow the author: Facebook