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.
“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.”
… So really there are NO words that can do this book justice, but i will try my best. I’m sitting here in a daze as i finished this book on my morning commute and i physically hurt from finishing it. This book was absolutely brilliant. A tale centering on two sisters who couldn’t be more different, there comes a time when France begins to become occupied by Nazi’s in war time 1940. Vianne, the older sibling is settled in country France with her husband and daughter. Isabelle has just been let go from another school and at 19 years old, is lost and just wanting to find her passion and place in the world.
When the war arises and Vianne’s husband is sent off to fight as a soldier, she is left alone with her daughter and the rising Jew/Nazi crisis in down and furthermore has to let a Nazi soldier billet at her house. Isabelle’s father has sent her off to go live with Vianne, but after a chance meeting, Isabelle wants nothing more than to join the cause and fight for freedom in France. Tensions are high at Vianne’s house, especially between Isabelle and the Nazi.
“But now it is time to look ahead, not behind.”
This book is a real journey through the eyes of girls in the war, one fighting just to survive and one fighting for everyone else. ‘The Nightingale’ was about love, strength and everything in between, showcasing the horrors of the war, along with a desperate need to survive and protect the ones we love. The characters were so well developed and i was glued to every page.
Absolutely brilliant and i highly recommend. The ending will leave you reeling. No, these are not tears in my eyes, i have allergies.. NOT!
“I always thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I’d like to be known.”