The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Book Review

The NightingaleThe tale of The Nightingale focuses on  the relationship of two sisters who live in a small village in France during WWII. That sentence does not do justice to the book since it is oh so much more than the  two sisters relationship. Both have lived a difficult life, especially the younger sister Isabelle.Their mother died and their father who returns broken from WWI( the great war) turns to alcohol.Both girls are left at an orphanage. The father and his story does return later in the book.  Isabelle is feisty and impulsive and  eventually joins the French Resistance. Her older sister Viann( who stays at home waiting for her husband to return from the war and to care for her child) tends to see things through rose colored glasses thinking that the Germans will never occupy France. The story is told through the eyes of one sister who is now in America dying from cancer. You do not know until near the  end which sister is telling the tale.(although you can guess) It is a story of strength and perseverance as both sisters face the most horrendous time in history.I don’t think I have read anything by this author previously but this is a powerful read. Her descriptive writing style scoops you up into the setting and the characters. The story caught me off guard and I shed more then a few tears.One of the  best quotes from the book(from Viann to daughter Sophie) “But love has to be stronger then hate or there is no future for us” That pretty much sums it up. A definite 5 star book.

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6 Responses to The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Book Review

  1. Oh this book seems rather interesting. Another book added to my long list of books to read. -sigh-


  2. Thank you for following me, I assume you are in America although your writing would suggest not as you seem to spell most words correctly. It may be an awful cheek to ask but as you reviewed this book set in WW2, I was wondering if you would be interested in my book, The Battle of Barking Creek, which is a short play. It tells the true story of a friendly fire incident which happened on the third day of World War Two resulting in the death of one of our airmen, which was hushed up at the time and still probably under Official Secrets, one day it will be a feature film! I have put the link here for the American version on but it is also available on, unfortunately if you want a kindle version it is available in another book The Plays Wot I Wrote by Joe Wells. I shall attempt to find the follow button for your blog, best wishes. Joe.


    • mcarnes811 says:

      I am in America.. Loved your thoughts on spelling No one can spell anymore due to all the abbreviations used in texting. Very sad indeed. I am going to order your book today from This sounds like a interesting true story. I like WW2 stories(the greatest generation for sure) I especially like historical fiction (not romance novels but true historical fiction!) Am always wanting to learn something new. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of your book.
      All the best,

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