Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Two sisters each went down a different road during World War II and along their journey, they discovered who they are as an individual and also what the other meant to them. A war story but is more that just the typical hiding and fighting, this one opens up the eyes to what it means to survive...and thrive when it is all said and done. Not only a war story but what it means to love and be loved, and what sacrifices we will make to keep loved ones safe. And not only what we do to save ourselves, but what it means to take care of others and especially family.

I have intentionally avoided this book as I knew it would be an emotional read. This book has lived up to the hype in my opinion and yes, I am also correct as it did break me in a few parts. I have read some criticisms against this book because of some inaccuracies in representation and historical interpretation, but as I was reading it, I did not get those impressions. Should I look deeper into it, perhaps I could find them but I do not want to. To me, where the beauty in this book lies is in the relationships—the blatant and subtle—not the historical accounts of resistance. If you can let that go, then read this book...but proceed with caution because your heart might just break.

Trigger warnings for abuse, violence, and rape

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