It can be said, that it is the darkest times in our lives that will often force us to do things that we may never have previously considered doing.
Earlier this year, best selling author Kristin Hannah published The Nightingale. The novel starts in France in 1939. Vianne and Isabelle are sisters, but they are different as night and day. Vianne, the elder by ten years, is the practical, reliable sister. Married with a young daughter, she is content to live as she is. Isabelle, at eighteen, is hotheaded and often thinks before she speaks.
When war breaks out and the Nazis invade France, Vianne watches her husband join the other men to fight for their country. But the French are no match for the Germans and Vianne, like many women, is forced to house a German soldier. Isabelle falls in love with a man who will ultimately betray her. Both Isabelle and Vianne will join the fight against the Germans as they both can, risking their lives and the lives of the ones they love.
This book is nothing short of amazing. I could not put it down. The details are tangible. The story is compelling. The relationship between the sisters is vivid.
It is so far, one of the best books that I have read this year.
I highly recommend this book.