The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is historical fiction. The story begins with two sisters living in France around 1940, just before the beginning of WWII. The character of Isabelle is inspired by the actions of a real-life woman who helped downed Allied pilots escape the Nazi’s during WWII.

Each sister has a different personality, they each see the world differently and go their separate ways, but both are strong female characters who become heroes through the course of the story. You won’t get a clear understanding of who is telling the story until closer to the end. And at least one of the characters at the beginning in the framing story is not revealed until the end, although at some point you can make an educated guess. The plot is enthralling, it was a book that was hard to put down, especially if you like history, this had some real-life events happening and gave me a better understanding of how France was affected by German occupation.

This book did very well with our book club readers and I highly recommend it. If you like historical fiction and strong female characters and action that you can’t put down, then this book is for you. Go to your quiet place and start reading or listening.

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