The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Blurb: It tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nightingale for its storytelling and twists that kept me gripped to the novel, overwhelming me with emotions. All characters were dimensional out of which, Isabella the younger sister has now become my favourite fictional character. Her adventurous, charming, complex and yet dynamic character could allure anyone who looks for women empowerment in a novel. Apart from the characters, the conversations and scene settings were very engaging, fanciful and intense. Hannah’s crisp storytelling and method of delivering themes were very empathetic. The touch of patriotism mixed with romance amidst war makes the book even more interesting.

Although I was a little wishful that the author could have included a page of glossary for the French terms used in the novel, I would still recommend this book for any fiction lovers who expect an easy-to-read, emotional, complex, evolving and heart-wrenching novel.

This book is not for sensitive readers who cannot read through dark, emotional stories and for those who lack basic understanding of World History because it would make the novel a little ennui and over-complicated for you.



Nuha Faiz

BA undergraduate. Teacher by profession, reader by birth and a writer by choice. I bond over anything well-written, aesthetics, food and cats.


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