Title: The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre/Themes: Historical Fiction, World War II, Occupied France, Sisters, Family
Blurb from Goodreads
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne 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 Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne 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.
The Nightingale is certainly an engrossing story. It captures the reader from the start so desperate are they to know who the old lady is? Which of the Rossignol sisters she is… Btw. I called it early on….
And following the story of the Rossignol sisters in France during WWII was certainly intriguing… But it never felt truly real to me. There was something in the writing and the story that felt overdone.
A little too non-French.
Emotionally manipulative even…
I keep comparing this to ‘Suite Française‘ in my mind and for me that is a much better book about occupied France.
While I did enjoy this book… It somehow feels a little too disposable to me and historical WWII set fiction shouldn’t feel like that I don’t think….
An entertaining read but sadly not quite the experience I had built this up to be in my mind. I much preferred Kristin Hannah’s ‘The Great Alone‘ and feel that is much better written book
But at least it was a well crafted story that at times tugged on the heartstrings.