The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah, 2015

(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)

My favorite quote: “Once you’re ready to die, the plan gets easy.” (Certainly not the most uplifting line in the book, but it’s the one that stood out to me the most)

Most interesting characters: Isabelle, code name: The Nightingale; Vianne, her older sister; Gaëtan, the man Isabelle falls in love with; Wolfgang Beck, the Nazi who occupies Vianne’s home

Opening scene: It’s 1995 and an elderly terminally-ill woman wants to tell you an extraordinary story about the part she played in World War II 

The gist: Two sisters struggle to survive World War II in France. That’s the GIST of it, but it’s actually a lot better than I’m making it sound, trust me. It’s good stuff

Greatest strengths: Kristin Hannah writes some seriously fine characters — and I always love authors who know how to do that. That, more than anything else, will keep me going back to an author — and I’ll definitely go back for more Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale brims with folks I’ll never forget

Standout achievements: In The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah merges horror and romance in a way few authors are capable of. In that respect, I think The Nightingale could serve as a reminder that no matter what the external conditions are, human nature stays true to itself — and, cheesy though it may sound, love prevails (it’s not cheesy the way Kristin Hannah does it, trust me)

Fun Facts: In 2015, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale was the Amazon Spotlight pick for the month of February 

Other media: N/A 

Additional thoughts: This is the first book by Kristin Hannah that I’ve read, and usually, I shy away from war stories, but I don’t know … something about The Nightingale spoke (ahem, sang) to me. It’s about a lot more than the war — although that’s front and center. I’ve heard it described as a story about the spirit and strength of women, and while that’s certainly true as well, I’d say The Nightingale is more encompassing than that — it’s about the HUMAN spirit. While it puts its main focus on the role of women during the war, The Nightingale isn’t a book I’d limit to any one gender — it’s about survival and the strength of humanity. I loved every word of it and if I ever meet Kristin Hannah, I’ll thank her for writing it

Hit or Miss: It’s a hit

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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