The Nightingale

“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…” 

How do you write a review for a book that broke your heart and put it back together but caused you to have a different perspective of the world? 

The Nightingale is a book that I have seen all of the book community. If someone isn’t talking about how they plan to read this book soon then they are talking about how incredible this book was. In all honesty, I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t live up to the hype that I had seen surrounding it. However, I made it my goal to read the Nightingale during August. I figured it might take me a few days to read, simply due to the size of the book (500+ pages), and the heavy nature of the book. 

No.. I finished The Nightingale in 24 hours. 

I couldn’t put it down. I would sit down to read a few pages and then before I knew it, I had read 150 pages. I’ve not encountered a book of this nature in a long time. It completely swept me off my feet. It made me cry. It made me sick to my stomach. It was a history lesson. It was a lesson on love, friendship, and family. But, most of all, it was a lesson on not giving up. It was a lesson on not losing hope when there is no hope to be had. 

The Nightingale wrecked me. 

I don’t think I will ever forget Isabel and Vianne’s story because while their stories are pieced together from multiple other stories during WWII. They are true. The women depicted in this book endured the cruelest side to humanity that this world has ever seen. I hope to God that no one ever forgets what happened during WWII. Thanks to Kristan Hannah, the women who fought to keep their families and themselves alive, will be remembered. 

If you haven’t read this book. Just do it already. I wish I had read it when it was released 4 years ago. I plan to read other books from Kristan Hannah because she is a truly remarkable writer. 

“…Today’s young people want to know everything about everyone. They think talking about a problem will solve it. I come from a quieter generation. We understand the value of forgetting, the lure of reinvention.”

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