THE NIGHTINGALE by KRISTIN HANNAH was a thought-provoking, well written, memorable read. This book took me a little while to get into it but by page 200 I was hooked. I know that was about half way into the book, I was interested in this story from the beginning but that is when it really caught my attention. For me it was a beautifully told historical fiction that was very moving. I would highly recommend this unforgettable story. I don’t read many historical fiction books and sometimes I don’t remember a book that I have previously read as I tend to read in the moment. But this book I am sure I will remember always!!!
Whew! That was 879 pages with a good balance of horror and human survival, that drew me in right from the start. The Passage has a large cast of well-developed characters. Characters that are loyal and courageous that I connected with and had me caring about their struggles, sacrifices, and their survival.
The Passage had just the right balance of horror along with the excellent plot, that left me feeling comfortable while reading it. I am looking forward to starting The Twelve very soon.
From Goodreads: Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.