Praise for the tale of “The Nightingale”

Praise for the tale of The Nightingale

Haeleigh Bayle, Reporter

One of my all-time absolute favorite books is “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah. Kristin Hannah is the author of many famous and award-winning books. My favorite of hers, however, is “The Nightingale.” When reading this book, you have to realize that you won’t be putting it down until the last page has been read. This book plays with your emotions so much, that you’ll find yourself laughing, crying, angry, and smiling right along with the characters.

The book takes place in France during World War II, where the Germans have invaded. Though sisters Vianne and Isabelle chose for many years to not acknowledge each other, they grow closer during the war when their father sends Isabelle to Vianne’s house to stay. Though the women part ways, they are able to see bits of each other throughout the final chapters of the book. Both Vianne and Isabelle perform numerous acts of bravery in the many situations they are faced with. However, they also make many choices that result in negative consequences.

Some things that I absolutely loved about the book was the overall message it portrayed: never give up. It showed how perseverance in difficult times will make you stronger than you ever realized. I also loved the characters themselves because I became very attached to them as I read. Their personality traits would often remind me of people I knew, so I would picture them the whole time I was reading, which also lead to it being very emotional for me. Some things that I did not like, however, were the vivid descriptions and other small things that I felt were a bit too mature for young readers.

Overall, I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, as the way it is written is one of a kind. It is definitely a must-read. I suggest that an older audience reads this book because of the intensity that is portrayed throughout the novel. To conclude, this book will always be one that I treasure because of the amount of strength and immense willpower portrayed throughout the book.