The Nightingale is a poignant, unforgettable novel, magnificently crafted and impossible to put down. The story takes place during WWII in France.
The story is about two brave sisters and what they had to do in order to survive the horrors in occupied France. Vianne was the rule keeper; the responsible older sister. Isabelle, on the other hand, was the younger sister, the rebel, the one with spirit and passion. Both of the sisters were broken from being abandoned by their parents, but the two of them were forever changed by the atrocities they had encountered during the French resistance, in their home, and in German concentration camps.
While Isabelle lead pilots who were shot down into Spain, Vianne was busy saving Jewish children; one in her billeted home, right under the nose of a German officer.
Every page of this engrossing soul-wrenching novel, pulled me in, until I no longer read the words, but experienced them. This is not only a story about the hardships and suffering of WWII but of the risks that brave men and women took in order to save others. In the end, the only thing that mattered was the love that they held for one another.
I highly recommend this superbly written and remarkable book.
5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover