Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


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!

Rating: 5/5

If you wanna read: iTunes $9.99

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

  1. “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.”
    Good hook. I’ll add this to my Goodreads list.

    1. I promise you won’t regret it. Also for writers, you’ll notice she has a unique style and structure. I definitely took notes.

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