The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a deeply emotional moving story of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, set in France during World War II. The story is being retold to us by a mystery person who seems to be one of the two sisters.
Vianne, the older sister, is married when her husband goes off to war and leaves her alone with her young daughter. Isabelle, the younger rebellious sister, lives in a boarding school. Not one to be confined nor take orders, Isabelle leaves the boarding school and escapes to live with her father and help run his bookstore. The sisters could not be more different from each other and are separated by their age, views, and personalities.
When the Nazis invade France, Vianne and Isabelle must fight for survival, each doing their part in the war. “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”
An unforgettable story of love, war, and the lengths two sisters will go through to stand up for what they believe in. This book explores the part of war we rarely see, that of a women’s perspective.
About the Discussion:
The Nightingale was September’s BookLite book choice. This book was a hit! All ten members of the book group enjoyed the book and agreed the story was a tear jerker. It was also a personal favorite of mine and is a very memorable moving story. This book was a bit on the heavy side so a lighter read is coming up for October’s book choice.