I have always been fascinated with the history of World War II. This fascination was spurred by the love of history and by the mere fact that many of my relatives fought bravely during the war. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah definitely brings to light another side of the war that you don't typically hear about. You see the war through the eyes of 2 women who were living in France at the time. Though The Nightingale is a work of fiction you really feel like you are there with them as they struggle to live in the most trying of times. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 on GoodReads because though this book is beautifully written and really dives you into the lives of the 2 characters, I felt like there was something missing in the story at the end, like there was more of a story to tell. 

GoodReads Synopsis: 

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 

As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never though possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. 

Thoughts After Reading This Book (spoiler alert): 

What really blew my mind about this novel was that I thought the narrative from the old lady was from Isabelle not Vianne until the end. I was brought to this conclusion by the fact that Vianne (who I thought was Isabelle) had Isabelle's forged documents that she used while she was smuggling pilots over the Spanish-French border. It never really occurred to me that Vianne had could have kept these in her possession after all of these years. I loved how at the end Vianne went to Paris to honor her sister and she all the people they both helped during the war. It definitely left you with a warm and fuzzy feeling after reading this book. 

Though the ending was spectacular, I am still left with a lot of unanswered questions. 

1. How did Vianne and her family end up in America? Also, what I found was odd is that they ended up in the same town that one of the pilots Isabelle helped escape German Occupied France was from. The odds of that happening is really slim to none. 

2. What happened to Gaetan after Isabelle died? I don't believe he was at the banquet honoring The Nightingale like many of the other key characters were and if he was he didn't play an integral part in the reception. 

3. Does Vianne's son know the truth about his parentage? And if not, will Vianne tell him now that she has let him see a big part of her life. The book never really reveals if Julien knows the truth. 

4. Finally, where is Antoine throughout the book? It was revealed that Vianne's daughter Sophie died of cancer years before this book takes place but it never reveals what happened to Antoine. You don't even know if he came over to America with Vianne and the children. 

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