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Book Club: The Nightingale

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

From Amazon: FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
What I Didn't Like:
I really don't have much to say in this column! I'd really have to nitpick to find something I don't like. Isabelle really irritated me at first, but not for long. 

What I Liked: 
The character development in this book is outstanding. There are some really strong women in this story. I love these sisters and their dynamic is so realistic to family that has had a strained past. Their relationship story is great, and I also love Vianne and her daughter's relationship, as well as Vianne and her best friend Rachel's relationship. All very moving and easily to relate to! I liked reading about how two people can have very different responses to the same tough situations, and you can completely understand both points of view. 
The flashforward chapters completely threw me and I was not excepting how emotional I got during that last one! It's hard to believe how awful humans can be and that WWII wasn't that long ago. 

Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5 Stars (1: hated it, 2: didn't like it, 3: liked it, 4:liked it, 5: loved it)
Another 5/5 for you! I really enjoyed this book. It's not a difficult read, but it takes you on quite a journey. 

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