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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a spectacular piece of historical fiction. Not only does she explore an often-ignored aspect of World War II, she does so by using characters that are deeply flawed but for whom readers soon become highly empathetic. Her careful attention to detail along with a gorgeous turn of phrase creates a gut-wrenching story that haunts readers long after the last sentence. In other words, this is exactly what a historical novel should do.
While both sisters were incredibly well-written characters, Isabelle was my favourite because she had me the most worried I’ve ever been for a character in a novel. At times my heart broke for her, and I have no words to explain the courage she displayed. The action and the tension had my anxiety sky high. That’s not to say my heart wasn’t with Vianne too, because it was, it just took me longer to warm to her character – read this novel for yourself and you’ll see there’s no way you cannot fall in love with both women.
This is a story of survival, rebellion, and redemption that recreates the time, place and horrors. Kristin Hannah does ultimately deliver a big emotional moment at the end when the story is wrapped up and the identity of the surviving sister revealed.
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Reading Progress

August 28, 2018 – Shelved
August 28, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 24, 2018 – Started Reading
September 24, 2018 – Shelved as: bookclub
September 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Rawan I read it and thought the exact same!! This novel is and will stay one of my absolute favourites. I remember, it was so difficult for me to put the book down from how good it is!


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ChopinFC Liked ur review! Have this on my radar...love WW2 books and historical fiction.


Dana Ilie Rawan wrote: "I read it and thought the exact same!! This novel is and will stay one of my absolute favourites. I remember, it was so difficult for me to put the book down from how good it is!"

Yes, when a book is so good you can't put it down.


Dana Ilie ChopinFC wrote: "Liked ur review! Have this on my radar...love WW2 books and historical fiction."

Thank you, Chopin
Glad you'll check this.


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Deanna Awesome review!!


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Joe Krakovsky This sounds like a great read, Dana. That was a bad time to be a teenage know-it-all. I can just imagine, "Stay away from that boy, he's trouble... Don't stay out past curfew... What do you mean you were arrested for blowing up a train?"


Karina I cried snot boogers and all. Glad it memorable for you!


Dana Ilie Nicola wrote: "Wonderful review Dana! :)"

Thank you, love!


Dana Ilie Deanna wrote: "Awesome review!!"

Thanks babe!


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Dana Ilie Joe wrote: "This sounds like a great read, Dana. That was a bad time to be a teenage know-it-all. I can just imagine, "Stay away from that boy, he's trouble... Don't stay out past curfew... What do you mean yo..."

😂😂😂😂😂
Only you can come up with that.... 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 You make me lought so hard....


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Dana Ilie Karina wrote: "I cried snot boogers and all. Glad it memorable for you!"

Yeah, this is the efect of a exceptional book!
😙😙😙😙


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Kim Love your review Dana 😊


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Dana Ilie Kim wrote: "Love your review Dana 😊"

Thanks babe! 😙😙😙


Heather Excellent review!


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D.p. Hmmmm. I've debated back and forth about reading this book....this subject is always so gut wrenching. If you liked it that much, I'll have to check it out. Have you read 'the storyteller' by Jodi picoult? Excellent also!!!


LaMesha Your Review is FLAWLESS!!! My feelings from the begining to the end. I Loved this book so much...


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Dana Ilie D.p. wrote: "Hmmmm. I've debated back and forth about reading this book....this subject is always so gut wrenching. If you liked it that much, I'll have to check it out. Have you read 'the storyteller' by Jodi ..."

Hey D. P.
Please read thw book. It's worth your time.
I did not read eny book by Jodi Picoul. I'll check her out, thanks!


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Dana Ilie LaMesha wrote: "Your Review is FLAWLESS!!! My feelings from the begining to the end. I Loved this book so much..."

Hey LaMesha, a very good book did this to us....


LaMesha Dana wrote: "LaMesha wrote: "Your Review is FLAWLESS!!! My feelings from the begining to the end. I Loved this book so much..."

Hey LaMesha, a very good book did this to us...."


Yes Dana, I agree. A very good book indeed....


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