The 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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