The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 1/3

When I started the Nightingale, I expected it to be a “heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women,” as it says in the description.  While it is true that the novel focuses on the “resilience” and “durability” of Vianne and Isabelle, the two main characters, I have found the book so far to be lacking the “heartbreakingly beautiful” aspect that the cover flap promises.

Although I was always at least mildly engrossed while reading the first third of the book, I often found myself tiring of the unnecessary amount of descriptions.  The author, Kristen Hannah, packs many of her descriptions chock-full of adjectives–so many adjectives, sometimes, that the sentences feel long and a bit bland.  One example of this is when Vianne describes the Rossignol living room:

“[It had] golden stucco walls, the color of freshly baked brioche, gray stone floors covered by ancient Aubusson rugs, heavily carved wooden furniture upholstered in mohair and tapestry fabric, lamps made of porcelain, curtains of gold and red toile, antiques and treasures left over from the years when the Rossignols had been wealthy tradesmen.” (pg. 158 iBook version)

Though very descriptive when it comes to physicality, I found that this description and the abundance of others like it did not evoke emotions as well as other novels I have read.  For example, in The Book Thief, Markus Zusak describes the Hubermann home as “one of the small, boxlike houses on Himmel Street.  A few rooms, a kitchen, and a shared outhouse with neighbors.  The roof was flat and there was a shallow basement for storage.  It was supposedly not a basement of adequate depth.” (pg. 32)  Not only is Zusak’s writing more concise, but in these three sentences he also gives the reader a sense of the rest of Leisel’s neighborhood and the war-time struggles of World War II.

Like the sentences, the plot of The Nightingale is sometimes drawn out and unclear.  Often it seems as though Vianne’s and Isabelle’s lives are being described minutely, while the book’s overall picture is hard to glimpse.  Some parts of the story move at an unrealistic pace, as well.  For example, less than a week after meeting Gaëtan, Isabelle tells him that she loves  him–and though some people may believe in love at first sight, I felt that Isabelle did not know nearly enough about the man to have fallen for him in a matter of days.

Although I am not a huge fan of Hannah’s writing style, I do find her characters likable.  Isabelle is brash and rebellious, and though some might argue that she is a somewhat flat character, it is hard not to love her feminist personality.  Vianne balances her sister nicely with a more reserved and rule-abiding personality. The chapters flap between their viewpoints often enough that I did not grow tired of either sister.

Overall, I found the first third of The Nightingale to be interesting but not particularly exciting.  In my opinion, it pales in comparison to other books like The Book Thief.  I look forward, however, to reading the rest of the novel and hope that the pace begins to pick up.

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  1. maddiethompson0

    When I started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, I was under the impression that it would be the “novel for a lifetime,” based off of the book’s description and praise. Though this may be true for other readers, I personally wasn’t truly captivated by the first third of the novel. I thought it had too much of certain aspects and too little of others. To specify, I believed it had too much description which distracted me from the events occurring in the story. Even though the description was beautiful, I thought a lot of it was unnecessary. Also, I thought that the story was a little slow paced, except for the part when Isabelle declares her love for Gaëtan. That part seemed rushed in terms of how long it take for one to fall in love. They barely knew each other, but yet Isabelle still believed she loved him. Isabelle’s feelings are probably based off of the fact that Gaëtan thought of her as strong and capable to fight in the war. Since Isabelle has never been thought of that way, she had a false sense of love for him.

    Though this story had an abundance of description, I feel that it lacked an emotional response that should have been present. At the beginning of the story, an event occurred where I couldn’t feel sorry for Vianne because I wasn’t familiar with her character and I didn’t know how that event would affect her life on an emotional level. This may be because it was so early in the story, but I think the event would have been better if placed a few more chapters in.

    Even though I don’t personally enjoy Kristin Hannah’s writing style, I do enjoy the plot of the novel. The events that occur are fascinating and I think Hannah did a good job of planning the novel. There are also some themes that reappear that are thought provoking and interesting. For example, gender inequality is a major theme in this book.

    Overall, I found that even though the first third of the novel was not particularly captivating, I still thought it was quite interesting. Despite my opinions, I’m still interested in finding out what will happen in the next third of the novel.

  2. alexandrastearns2124

    Alexandra Stearns,

    When I first read the summary on the back of The Nightingale, I knew that I would be captivated by the plot and time setting of the novel. The topics of WWII and how women have made their impact on the world interest me greatly. Walking in, I had very high expectations for the novel, but like Julia said, the book has started off at somewhat of a slow pace. However, I believe that the pace will pick up soon and the novel will transform into “an unforgettable portrait of love and war”.

    The author, Kristin Hannah, focuses much of her writing on developing the two main characters, Vianne and Isabelle. These two sisters are so different in nature that it almost bothers me. For example, on page 105, when Beck, a Nazi billeting at Vianne’s house, compliments Isabelle’s hair, she, “walked into the kitchen and came back with a pair of scissors”. She then cut off her hair to show her displeasure of a Nazi staying in their home. Beck turns to the much more behaved Vianne and warns her that, “Such…theatrics in the wrong place could be most dangerous”. This exchange between Isabelle and Beck was extremely tense, and in many cases, a Nazi would just kill Isabelle on the spot. I found myself wanting Isabelle to think before she speaks, like Vianne, so that the family would be in less danger.

    However, in some parts of the novel, Vianne’s tendency to not do anything about their dire situation of France being Nazi occupied is hard to read. This is when I love Isabelle’s personality of always fighting for what she believes in. The two drastically different sisters give the reader two different stories and opinions of the war, and I like this part of Hannah’s writing style. However, like Maddie, I think that there are not enough emotional reactions in the book when there is dialogue. A story that takes place during WWII should have a lot more emotion that should be the driving force of the plot.

    The main message of the novel is made known in the first sentence, when Vianne narrates as an old woman, “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”. I think that the author is trying to convey to the reader that war will change you, and to also not take anything for granted, for it could be taken away from you in an instant. This is definitely a case of foreshadowing.

    Overall, I am very excited to see what is going to happen next in this novel, and hopefully it is more captivating. I bet that at some point, I will enjoy the book so much that I won’t be able to put it down.

    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah has so far been a truly captivating story for me. The book opens with the statement, “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”. At first, I was not very sure what the narrator meant by this statement. The narrator was very mysterious him or herself in my opinion as well. Why did Hannah decide to construct the narrative structure in this way? Was their a reason she kept the narrator’s identity secret? This also added onto the fact that the other characters had begun to contruct their own secret identites. The way the characters reacted to the war was very realistic and I found that it made the book a better read. Isabelle reacted with defiance while Vianne wanted to keep her head low to protect her daughter, Sophie. The beginning of this novel captured many of the era’s attitudes about men and women. For instance, Gaëtan had seen Isabelle as another fragile woman. The way Isabelle fell in love with him seemed a bit rushed and not really adding to the plot yet. In this area, I thought Hannah focused too much on Isabelle and Gaëtan as I was distracted from the main story to focus on their budding relationship. I believe that Hannah should not have focused so much on the two.

      Though I was thoroughly into the book, I found many of the smaller details distracting as there was just an abundance of them. I also found it difficult to connect with the storyline in an emotional way. I believe that so far, it is lacking in sympathy or human empathy maybe just because of the fact this is a novel about war. Even then I believe there should be and hopefully will be some more written about the humanity in the war and the way people connect or separate because of it.

      The plot itself, as you said, was something I have been able to enjoy so far. But, I find that I actually have very much enjoyed Hannah’s writing style up to this point. I have seen references towards gender inequality and I believe some of those references relate to your statement about foreshadowing.

      Overall, I am mostly pleased with how this story as unfolded so far and I am thrilled to read what comes next.

  3. juliayazhari

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 2/3

    Julia Yazhari,

    In my previous post, I commented on the sometimes rather slow pace of The Nightingale. However, in the next third of the book, the story of Isabelle and Vianne has begun to speed up, and I have started to enjoy the novel more.

    The biggest factor contributing to this, I think, is the fact that Isabelle has become even more involved with the Rebels. Her original job of scattering papers around Carriveau is not particularly exciting. Now that she is in Paris, however, she has moved on to saving wounded and trapped soldiers that have come from Britain and the U.S. Earlier in the story, Isabelle often complains about the need to do something to stop the Nazis, and now she is adding some bite to compliment her bark.

    I have found that the parts that excite me the most are the scenes of Isabelle traveling through treacherous mountains to guide the Rebel soldiers to safety. The descriptions of her travels are especially riveting: “Eduardo’s pace was punishing. He climbed up the twisting path without pause, seemingly unaware of the biting, burning cold that turned every breath into a fire that exploded in the lungs.” (pg. 411 iBook version) Hannah’s descriptions here are exciting and realistic. You can almost feel the cold of the giant, snowy mountains and taste the chilly air “that turned every breath into a fire that exploded in the lungs.”

    I was also impressed by how strong Isabelle is during these painful journeys. Not only must she make it across the mountains, she must keep the men she is guiding motivated and–even more importantly–alive:

    “When darkness fell again, she redoubled her efforts to keep morale up. Even though she felt sick to her stomach with fatigue and parched with thirst, she kept going. If any one of them got more than a few feet away from the person in front of him, he could be lost forever in this frozen darkness. To leave the path for a few feet was to die.” (pg. 412 iBook version)

    As for Vianne and her experiences back in Carriveau, her life throughout most of the second third stays relatively unchanged. I found myself a little bored whenever the story changed to her point of view, though there were a few interesting developments–the first of which was her developing relationship with Beck, the Nazi staying in her home. Hannah does a good job making the tension between the two palpable whenever they are together in a room, and I was often eager to see if they would end up together.

    Towards the end of the second third of The Nightingale, however, things take a very dramatic turn. Not only is Sarah (Sophie’s best friend) killed by Germans, her mother Rachel–who is Vianne’s best friend–is sent to a concentration camp. Finally, I was more than a little shocked when soon after these events, Vianne whacks Beck in the head with a shovel in order to protect Isabelle from him. He is killed, of course, but it happens almost too quickly to comprehend.

    Although these are definitely engrossing scenes, I was once again a little struck by the lack of emotion from the characters. Each time one of the characters dies or is lost, hardly any time is spent mourning him or her. Instead, there are a few paragraphs on how tragic the situation is, and the story moves on. It almost seemed as if Hannah did not want to make the effort to make the grief realistic. Instead, it felt as though she wanted to get back to the action.

    The Nightingale is definitely becoming more interesting each new chapter. The characters are developing, and the plot is advancing at a good pace; and, though I am still not a huge fan of Hannah’s writing style, I am definitely curious to see what will happen next in this novel.

    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 2/3

      The story of these two sisters has certainly become more exciting than I anticipated. I agree that because Isabelle joined forces with the Rebels, the plot has taken a large jump forward.

      To be honest, I did not think that Isabelle would of ever gotten this involved with the Rebels. Her initial given job of handing out papers in protest of what the Germans were supporting and doing was a bit of a disappointment for me. I ended up thinking that she would not take a larger role in the future nor get more involved for Vianne and Sophie’s safety. Of course, I was proven wrong when Isabelle began to involve herself with stranded foreign soldiers from Britain, Canada and the United States.

      What was really shocking for me was when Isabelle decided to leave Carriveau to go to Paris to further aid the rebellion. Yes, she came off as a very strong character at first but, I never imagined her going this far. I believed that this was a selfish and careless action for Isabelle to take though I found it admirable that she was able to finally take action to support her beliefs. As Julia said, “adding some bite to compliment her bark”.

      When Isabelle started transporting men across the mountains, I began to see her as less selfish because of the risk she was taking for people she barely knew. It was a honorable fact that she was able to keep the majority of these men alive with her words and assistance. “Isabelle’s legs were on fire, aching painfully, and even with her espadrilles, blisters formed. Every step became an agony and a test of will” (272). As the group made their way through the mountain, Isabelle was struggling because of the harsh conditions yet found the strength to go, “…down beside him…” (275) and motivate him to get back up from the ground for the sake of his family. Yet again, I found this truly admirable.

      Of course I was also focused on Vianne. The beginning tension between her and the German billeted at her home, Beck, had started to fade. I truly believed that they would end up in a romantic relationship despite the two of them already having a spouse and their own children. If not that, I felt that the pair started to create an unusual friendship at the least. I really enjoyed the relationship they shared though it also gave me a vaguely disappointing feeling.

      Another relationship I hoped would stay intact was the one between Vianne and her long time best friend, Rachel. Previously, Vianne had given Rachel’s name to Beck because they were collecting the names of all the Jews. Though it gave me a fright, nothing particularly terrible happened. I hoped it would stay that way but of course it did not. I was deeply saddened when Rachel’s daughter and Sophie’s best friend, Sarah, was shot to death as they made a run to freedom. Shortly after, Rachel was taken to a concentration camp and Vianne had adopted her son. I was surprised when Vianne began to show her own signs of resistance against the Germans because I saw her as a more passive character.

      Though I am not quite happy with Hannah’s pacing as I find it a bit too fast for my liking, I still find this story very captivating and look forward to reading the next section of the book.

  4. alexandrastearns2124

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 2/3

    Alexandra Stearns,

    Although the story is supposed to be one of love as well as one of war, this second part of The Nightingale is definitely focused on the war. Specifically it is about how Isabelle is helping her country while it is being Nazi-occupied. I personally love her point of view of how she defies the Germans. However, defying everyone in her life will push people she cares about away from her. It becomes known to the reader that Isabelle really just wants to be loved, when Kristin Hannah writes, “She almost reached out for him, almost stroked the gray hair that obscured his face, a small, oval-shaped bald spot revealed by repose. She wanted to be able to touch him that way, in comfort, in love, in companionship” (322).

    I have a feeling that Isabelle’s recklessness will get her into trouble. The Nazis are already searching for Isabelle (code name the Nightingale) when she crosses the Pyrenees again, which makes the novel very suspenseful. Many times, Isabelle is stopped to show her fake identification, and every time I wonder if she is going to get caught.

    Vianne’s part of view is sometimes boring in comparison to Isabelle’s high risk behavior. She just focuses on surviving and caring for Sophie, and keeps her anger under control. I understand that she just wants to live and see her family together again, with the city back to normal. However, when her best friend Rachel is killed, she realizes that the war has effected Le Jardin too much for the people to just forget this suffering. Perhaps it is this realization that causes her to lash out and to help kill Captain Beck. Isabelle definitely wants to be involved in fighting the Nazis, while Vianne just wants to pretend it doesn’t exist. Now, Vianne is in danger as well, hiding Ari as well as killing a Nazi officer.

    The third part of the book may come to a dramatic conclusion at the end of WWII, as well as a meeting with all of the different characters in the view of Vianne as an old woman. I am very excited to see what else will happen.

  5. juliayazhari

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 3/3

    Julia Yazhari,

    I am incredibly surprised by the conclusion of The Nightingale. The first two thirds were interesting but nothing to rave about in my opinion. In the final third of the book, however, Hannah really steps it up several notches. Really, the word that continues to stick in my mind when I think about the ending of this book is: “Wow.”

    Things really become interesting when Vianne is left with another Jewish child whose mother is forced to a concentration camp. Because she does not have the option of caring for another child, she gives the boy to Mother Superior to be taken care of by the church. She soon begins saving more and more Jewish children, bringing them to the church to hide as “orphans”. Her new role in the war is exciting and dangerous, and I have actually found myself beginning to respect her.

    Because of her perilous new job, each scene from her point of view is very tense. She must keep her job secret, unable to tell even her father, though it tears her up inside to think that he will never know her bravery. In this scene and many others in the final third of the novel, Hannah demonstrates her ability to write heartbreaking paragraphs: “It was all Vianne could do not to say, ‘I’m different now, Papa. I am helping to hide Jewish children.’ She wanted to see herself reflected in his gaze, wanted just once to make him proud of her.” (pg. 700 iBook version)

    While busy saving the Jewish children, Vianne is also tormented by the new Nazi billeting in her home, Von Richter. Hannah makes the man so disgusting and lecherous that is impossible not to hate the man. When Vianne was forced to let him rape her in order to protect her children, I was horrified.

    At the same time, Isabelle is captured by Nazis and tortured for awhile until her father sacrifices himself to save her. Then, she is sent to a concentration camp where the descriptions of her experiences are so gruesome and tragic that it is impossible to put the book down:

    “Isabelle couldn’t think of anything… Not the cold, not her hunger or thirst, not the flea and lice bites that covered her body. And not real life. That was the worst of all. The thing that would get her to miss a step, to draw attention to herself, to be hit or whipped or worse.” (pg. 794 iBook version)

    As if all this is not enough, Kristen soon adds in the factor of Antoine coming home and the pain Vianne feels when she realizes she is pregnant with a child that is not his. This is hardly bearable, but the biggest sadness comes when Daniel is taken away from them to be sent to his family in America. I actually felt myself tearing up a bit in that scene.

    Around the same time, Isabelle, mentally and physically pushed to her limits, is saved from the concentration camp and is brought back to Carriveau. It is quite a blow when after all she has been through, she does not survive and dies in her childhood home.

    Finally, Hannah ends the novel by revealing the identity of the mysterious woman whose point of view the novel changes to every now and then: it is Vianne (and not Isabelle like I first expected). Kristen throws the final poignant punch by having Vianne’s son Julienne and Daniel meet for the first time as adults. The book ends right after, and it has left me thoroughly stunned.

    I did not expect a conclusion so tragic and so gripping. The emotion that was missing in the first parts of the book is definitely present in the final third. I am definitely pleased with how this story turned out.

  6. alexandrastearns2124

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 3/3

    Alexandra Stearns,

    In my previous posts, I have said multiple times that the plot of the book is sometimes boring, but the third part of the book definitely contradicts my opinions. Hannah spills out all of her emotions and gives it 110%. I wouldn’t say my reaction is shock at the end, but I was definitely surprised. I knew that there would be a dramatic conclusion due to the foreshadowing hints throughout the novel, but I hadn’t expected it to be so heart-wrenching.

    Vianne has finally gotten into the action, when she chooses to hide Jewish children within the orphanage, which makes me like her character much more. Previously, only Isabelle’s side of the story was extremely dangerous and her life was at risk, but now that Vianne is risking it all, each page is exhilarating. It seems that both sisters are safe, for the time being, until they both get caught in their own ways. Vianne is raped by the new Nazi billeting in her home, Von Richter, and Isabelle is put on a train to a concentration camp.

    Now, the details of Hannah’s writing are even more powerful and act as a message. She writes, “She was almost entirely bald — only tufts of hair grew here and there — and she had no eyebrows. The skin at ther neck and along her arms was riddled with oozing, open sores” (540). These details show the reader how cruel war is, and how it destroys a person from the inside-out.

    The final blow of overwhelming sadness and loss of hope comes when Vianne’s husband, Antoine, comes home to find an ashamed wife, forever changed. Vianne is forced to sell the lie of a lifetime. The variety of emotions and their intensity somehow make the novel impossible to put down.

    The ending scene has the newly revealed Vianne going to the dreaded 50 year anniversary celebration of the end of WWII, and having her two sons meet for the first time. This scene made me tear up a little bit because of how separated families became. However, it is the love between the characters that keeps them bonded together, throughout the war as well as after.

  7. juliayazhari

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 5/10

    Let me preface this review by saying that I did enjoy this book at certain points. There were some very engrossing scenes, and at times it was hard to put this novel down. However, despite the fact that this is a huge best seller, despite the fact that it has amazing reviews, and despite the fact that many people will disagree with me, I cannot say I was delighted with The Nightingale.

    One of the main reasons for this was that I could never fully connect with Hannah’s characters. The two heroines are simply too one-sided. The younger sister, Isabelle, is a brave, beautiful, and misunderstood girl who seems like the perfect female lead for a World War II novel. Yet, despite her incredible courage and boldness, she remains a bland character. It may be her lack of complexity: never does she stray from her reckless personality. She does not have any dark secrets, underlying guilt, or clear aspirations besides wanting to be a hero in the War.

    Although she is portrayed as Isabelle’s polar opposite, Vianne is not much different. I preferred her to Isabelle in the end only because she showed some growth. In the beginning, she is meek and dependent on her husband, but when he leaves, she taps into the bravery that has been hiding within her. Still, although I always knew what she was thinking, I could not, for the most part, feel the emotions she was feeling. There were a few exceptions to this, of course. In the scene where Vianne is taken advantage of by Von Richter, for example, I was truly able to feel her fear and horror.

    Another reason why I could not quite take pleasure in reading this book was that the dialogue was very stilted. For example, when Isabelle speaks with her friend Christophe, their word choice is odd, and the way they speak does not seem like it belongs to two young teenagers:

    “‘I could be a war hero, Christophe.’ He laughed. ‘A girl? A hero? Absurd… Don’t be mad,’ he said grinning up at her. ‘I’m just tired of the war talk. And it’s a fact that women are useless in war. Your job is to wait for our return.'” (80 iBook version)

    Hannah writes her characters’ dialogue as though living in the 1940s meant that people used “proper” words–like “absurd,” in Christophe’s case.

    Another example of forced language is when the Nazi Beck gives Vianne a fish and urges her to take it: “I have neither stolen nor demanded it. No frenchman has more of a right to it than I. There can be no dishonor in your taking it.” (427 iBook version)

    Despite the fact that Vianne has commented many times on Beck’s terrible French, in this moment he speaks like a king. He uses perfect grammar and sounds more like a lord than a young German man.

    As for the plot, The Nightingale was an interesting combination of drawn out scenes and lightning-fast moments. Only in the final third of the book did I really enjoy what was taking place. There were a few interesting developments towards the end but not enough to merit reading the long book.

    I, personally, would not recommend this book to anyone (hence the 5/10 score). There are so many amazing World War II books to choose from that I do not think it is necessary to read this one. However, saying that, The Nightingale is still better than many novels out there, and I know many people who really loved this book.

  8. alexandrastearns2124

    Alexandra Stearns,

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 7/10

    Overall, this novel was definitely great quality, with a captivating plot and developed characters. These are some of the qualities that I look for in a novel. I loved the setting and time period of the novel, since it interests me greatly. Earlier in my blog posts, I mentioned that the story got off to a slow start. Usually I do not have the patience for a novel’s plot to slowly become more intriguing, but this wait was worth it. Action and adventure is my favorite genre for a novel. However, The Nightingale was a mix of many genres, which a number of people could love. This is probably one of the reasons that it is a bestseller. Balancing the different genres is a difficult task to accomplish, but Kristin Hannah did it fantastically.

    One of the other parts of the novel that I loved was the details of everything. Sure it sometimes got old, but it transported me into the time period and made me really understand how terrible the conditions were during WWII.

    However, sometimes parts of the novel are so boring and hard to read, especially during long dialogues that only discuss a single topic. At other times, I could not put down the book. In order to achieve a higher rating, I think a novel must always be intriguing. Also, the emotions that the characters show are somewhat hard to understand, due to the fact that I haven’t been in a dire situation, such as war.

    This book is built on rebelling against the things the characters thought were unjust, and this attracts teenagers to read the novel. I admit, I was drawn to the book for this very reason. The Nightingale isn’t on my favorites list, but it was definitely one to remember.

  9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 3/3

    The ending did not surprise me as it surprised others. Though it was not a very predictable ending, you could somehow guess how it would end if you thought about it for a while.

    I was glad when Vianne really stepped up and saved the Jewish children while suffering but trying to stay strong throughout the violation she experienced. The cruel actions of Von Richter were truly unforgivable. Vianne proved how much she would risk to survive and keep her family safe from harm. Bearing the harsh conditions and treatment, she kept moving forward with only her willpower.

    Vianne was not the only one risking herself as Isabelle was in a dire situation as well. Being tortured by the Nazis and detained in a concentration camp, she truly suffered. After the loss of her father and possibly her sister, Isabelle struggled to stay strong. Enduring all the pain and finally making it home, weak and just a shell of the strong woman she was before. This part of the book brought a tear or two. Thinking of the unbearable pain these two sisters lived through is truly heartbreaking, even if it was just a novel.

    I was shocked when Antoine came home, Vianne did not tell him about being raped. I figured that was the first thing she would of told him about her experiences without him. It was a heartwarming scene to see them finally live a somewhat normal life after the war. I felt it was long awaited and that they deserved it after everything they went through.

    I really enjoyed this novel and hope to find more like it. I am also pleased with the ending of this tale of two sisters struggling to live through a war.

  10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: 8/10

    I found this novel very hard to put down as I read. I agree that this was a book of great quality. I found the character development especially enjoyable. For example, how Vianne started out very meek and wary to someone who risked herself for others (saving the Jewish children). Though this book had started off slow, the overall outcome was certainly not disappointing.

    When reading, I was so engrossed it was like I was a spectator of their lives. It was like I was really transported back in time. Hannah’s writing is very vivid and evocative. Her character’s emotions were so strongly conveyed and I could imagine what was happening so clearly in my mind. This particular story was something you could think in depth about and really try to emotionally connect with the characters.

    I enjoyed how much detail was put into the writing but I found some sections to be too full of dialogue and left me a bit bored as well. Though the style of this book is good, I believe that it would of been more interesting with less back and forth conversations between the characters.

    I would recommend this book to those who love a detailed story with characters you can really feel. Though the pacing and details were a bit iffy, the overall book itself was wonderful and I would read another story like this one.

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