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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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it was amazing

I rarely give a book 5 stars, but when you find yourself thinking about the characters days after you've finished the novel, it's deserving of the rating.

Set in France during WWII, The Nightingale is the tale of two sisters--each resisting the Nazi occupation in their own way. Impulsive Isabelle finally finds a cause that gives meaning to her young life--stealing downed pilots over the Pyrenes to safety. Vianne, the older, more reserved remains seemingly safely ensconced in the family home finds an inner strength she did not know she possessed.

The narrative travels between wartime France and modern-day Oregon, but the identity of the narrator came as a bit of a surprise to me--albeit a good one. Hannah skillfully weaves the themes of love and war, abandonment and reconciliation throughout. I'm happy to see the movie rights have been sold; I'll look forward to seeing it and hope it does Hannah's work justice.

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Reading Progress

April 20, 2018 – Started Reading
May 9, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 15, 2018 – Shelved

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