• Rachel Penate

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Updated: Apr 10, 2020




As World War II rears its ugly head in France, this is a story of two sisters whose courage and resilience fight to overcome adversity in a time of fear and change. Deeply feminine and heartfelt, this was, hands-down, one of my favorite books of 2019.


It's no secret that Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. From a very young age, I found myself completely fascinated by the stories of our ancestors. Yes, I was that kid who LOVED the museum. So, it's no surprise that this genre has followed me over the years and is also one that I am highly critical of.

While it's definitely written for the modern reader, The Nightingale felt authentic to the time period and struggle of a woman on the Home Front. Left to their own strength and devices Vianne and Isabelle show off all the layers of pain, loss, and sacrifice that a war can draw out — how it changes and molds anyone it touches ... yet, the deep and profound quality of life that can still exist when actively attempting to preserve a perspective of faith and hope.

I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy-to-read and deeply relatable book. For more on my personal journey with this story, see my post in which I actually pour out my heart to Kristin Hannah (the author): https://www.bookmamareviews.com/post/a-letter-to-kristin-hannah

Overall, an absolute winner.


Yes! If you love historical fiction and strong female protagonists, I'd absolutely recommend picking this one up! Please check out my IGTV on Ever Eden's Instagram for more details on why I'm recommending this book for December!


War, death, one (non-detailed) account of rape.

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