St. Martin's Griffin
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||208 x 140 x 40mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 | Review by: Sue @ Crushingcinders
I am drawn to WWII books, in particular, those set in occupied France. I donít know why Ė they are almost always sad and I tend to question what I would have done in the same situationÖ I know I courage would have failed me and that doesnít lead to happy thoughts. But it is why I found myself drawn to Vianne whose courage didnít come easy.
Although the Goodreads abstract suggests the sisters were always close this isnít how I interpreted their relationship which had been negatively influenced by the loss of their mother, subsequent absent father, and very different personalities. Their tenuous bond fluctuated over the course of the war and brought additional tension and emotion to the story.
While the novel is written in the third person, the intermittent glimpse to the future (1995) is narrated by one of the sisters (it is not clear for the majority of the book which sister this is) in the first person. This glimpse forward with its unmistakable hindsight adds an element of mystery to the story which I loved.
Full review on my book blog: http://crushingcinders.com/the-nightingale-by-kristin-hannah
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