The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; published 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
I love World War II fiction—especially when I can learn about a piece of WWII that I’ve never explored before. The Nightingale takes us into occupied France, both in Paris and the small country village of Carriveau. The Book Trail provides a great overview of all of the locations mentioned in the book, and it’s a lot of fun to explore the site to find the settings of your favorite books!
The story follows sisters Vianne and Isabelle, who are constantly at odds but have more in common than they think. When their mother died, their father fell apart, essentially abandoning them both. Vianne, the eldest, handled the desertion by getting married and settling into family life in Carriveau. The younger sister, Isabelle, channeled her anger and hurt into aiding the resistance in Paris. Continue Reading