#TheNightingale Makes A Great Gift Or Summer Read – With Giveaway

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Great Gift Or Summer Read - #TheNightingale

I have always loved to read. As a child my Mom always encouraged me to read. When I get my hands on a book that I enjoy I can get lost in it. I haven’t always had as much time as I’d like to allow me to read as much as I’d like. As a teen I used to bring a book with me when I went out on my bike to deliver the papers on my newspaper route. I had to work but I really wanted to read. So I’d stop somewhere partway through the route and read. Now that I’m older I don’t have to sneak. The hardest thing I have to do is find the time, which is sometimes easier than it sounds.

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Recently I received an advance copy of a new book called The Nightingale, a novel by Kristin Hannah. Having had a rough couple of weeks I knew I could really benefit from some downtime. So, I grabbed a cup of tea and the book and headed to the living room. I love to read in the chair in front of the picture window because I can get some nice sunlight over there. Plus, I can reach the coffee table and be near the cat if he’s in his little cat post. I put my feet up and settled in.

Great Gift Or Summer Read - #TheNightingale

“In this epic novel, set in France in World War II, two sisters who live in a small village find themselves estranged when they disagree about the imminent threat of occupation. Separated by principles and temperament, each must find her own way forward as she faces moral questions and life-or-death choices. Haunting, action-packed, and compelling.” ― Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train.

Some folks might be worried that a story set in World War II might not be timely or exciting enough for them. The Nightingale does not disappoint here. This book has more than one surprise waiting hidden up its sleeve for the reader. This novel, set in France during World War II, is the story of two sisters Vianne and Isabelle.

I always wanted a sister. I have always sort of romanticized the thought of having one, thinking if I had had one she and I might have shared stories and secrets and been really close. The reality is, we never know who we will be close with. We are, after all, unique and individual people with our own points of view. Take my two baby brothers for example. I love them dearly. I enjoy their company and we share some common interests. But, I don’t necessarily share all of their beliefs and they don’t necessarily share all of mine. Vianne and Isabelle have some major differences, the kind you know in your gut could be very hard to deal with.

Vianne is married with a child. When her husband goes off to fight in the war, she is left at home with their child and her much younger sister Isabelle, the “wild child” of the family. Vianne finds her home taken over by German forces. Being sensible and wanting to protect her daughter, Vianne endures abuse by the soldiers in order to keep herself and her child alive. Along the way her need to help her own child helps spark something else – a passion for helping children.

Meanwhile, Isabelle finds herself out in the world in the midst of all of the chaos. As a rebellious young woman, it seems rather fitting that she winds up joining the Resistance. Somehow in the midst of all of the chaos and even a little bit of what seemed like romance, Isabelle finds purpose. She risks her life to help get downed Allied pilots across the Pyrenese mountains to safety in nearby Spain.

The story pulls you in, giving you an insight into that period of time, and into the minds of two sisters that are as much alike as they are drastically different. The story moves forward fairly effortlessly, driven in part by the narrator. And that narration is one of the surprises that I mentioned. You may be certain you know who is narrating it. Don’t be surprised if you find out you are mistaken!

One particular quote from the book really spoke to me. “In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are.” This is so true! As a teen and later young adult I always knew what kind of person I wanted to be, and had clear visions of the type of relationships and family life I hoped to have one day. I have been married for many years. I believe that marriage and other relationships including that of mother and child are not always easy, and that they require dedication, work and effort amongst other characteristics. While I have never had to actually go to war, over the years I have had to fight for certain things for my children. Having my children and fighting those fights has helped me discover who I am.

Do you have a brother or sister? Do you agree on most major issues?

The Nightingale is now available for purchase at retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For more information about The Nightingale, please visit KristinHannah.com. You can keep up with the author on social media, on Facebook. You can keep up with the publisher St Martin’s Press on social media as well, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Great Gift Or Summer Read - #TheNightingale


Two (2) winners will each receive a hardback copy of The Nightingale.


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Alli Smith May 2, 2017 - 6:48 am

I do have a sister and we are very close. She’s 18 months younger than me and always share secrets even though we live over a thousand miles away from each other. I love to read and look forward to reading The Nightingale.

RObin Rue May 2, 2017 - 7:02 am

I am always looking for books to read at the beach in the summer time. I am adding this to my list.

Sarah Bailey May 2, 2017 - 7:02 am

There is nothing like getting involved in a good book is there, The Nightingale sounds really interesting I’ll have to check it out for myself.

Ali Rost May 2, 2017 - 7:09 am

I listened to the audio version of The Nightingale last summer. It was so good I couldn’t stop. WW2 stories have always captured my attention. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live the stories of some of the characters.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy May 2, 2017 - 8:38 am

I am an only child, but I always wanted a sister. This sounds like a great book and I would love to check it out!

DEBIJOT May 2, 2017 - 9:17 am

Yes, I have a sibling and we often agree to disagree.

shirley emitt May 2, 2017 - 10:43 am

We agree half of the time and disagree half of the time, but we just agree to disagree.

Franc Ramon May 2, 2017 - 10:43 am

Nightingale has a really nice story. I’ll check this out if its available in our local bookstore.

pat.navymom May 2, 2017 - 10:46 am

Just the shade of a brother I never knew. Siblings add a dynamic to living.

Jaime Nicole May 2, 2017 - 10:50 am

I keep seeing this book everywhere! I’m definitely going to have to pick it up as an early Mother’s Day present to myself!

Pam May 2, 2017 - 2:26 pm

This sounds like a really emotional book. I love historical fiction of all kinds so I am sure I would enjoy this book as well.

Jennifer Heintz May 2, 2017 - 2:59 pm

My sister is deceased. We did agree on most issues that were important.

Emily May 2, 2017 - 3:31 pm

This books sounds so good! I love to carve out some time to read a good book. This is a new one to add to my list, thank you!

Katie Kinsley May 2, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Thank you for the review. I am just starting to build my summer reading list so this will come in handy!

Julie May 2, 2017 - 6:24 pm

Yes I have several siblings, and we don’t have a ton of disagreements.

Betty May 2, 2017 - 7:06 pm

I love the love and war quote! So true! I have a younger brother who lives too far away for my liking!

Keely hostetter May 2, 2017 - 7:11 pm

Yes I have siblings and I am not sure how to feel about this. Sounds like a good but emotional read.

Maurene Cab May 2, 2017 - 9:09 pm

This sounds like a great book! I also love the quote you shared. Love and war teaches us valuable lessons.

Heather R May 2, 2017 - 10:58 pm

Yes, I have a sister and I don’t think we agree on anything!

Danik May 3, 2017 - 3:50 am

Not my sort of book (and I do love reading books), but this looks like it can make the ideal gift for someone. 🙂

Annemarie LeBlanc May 3, 2017 - 4:04 am

I am the eldest child and I have two sisters and a brother, each of us 4 years apart. Growing up was tough, especially when me and my sister were both in our teenage years. We disagreed and argued a lot, but we still had fun comparing our crushes. 🙂 I think this book, The Nightingale is a very good read. Thanks for the review.

My Teen Guide May 3, 2017 - 5:46 am

I have one sister and we are 3 years apart. When we were growing up, she was slightly OC and I was the one who lived with mess. Despite our differences, we still get along pretty well. I would love to get my hands on this novel. Looks like a great read. Thank you for the book review.

Toni May 3, 2017 - 8:31 am

I have both brothers and sisters. This sounds like a great read. I am going to have to add it to my wish list on amazon.

Tammy Catterton May 3, 2017 - 1:06 pm

I have 4 sisters one I hear from other rarely hear from. This book looks like a wonderful one to read indeed

Roch May 3, 2017 - 11:50 pm

Is having a war with the self included? 🙂 I think there are times when I run a continuous negative voice in my mind that tells me that I am not good enough. This is when I’m challenged to also prove it wrong.

rika May 4, 2017 - 1:22 pm

This is a great book. I have one at home 🙂 I think this is a great book to read in the summer time!

Nancy Loring May 4, 2017 - 3:52 pm

I have a brother and a sister. I am the baby. My brother and I agree on most major issues but my sister and I ague like we did when we were kids.

Andrea v May 5, 2017 - 8:41 pm

I don’t have any siblings but i know my kids frequently don’t agree.

Bohemian Babushka May 6, 2017 - 10:39 pm

BB is the eldest of 3, and though we haven’t always been in accordance, we have always been there for each other. Hopefully this is true in the book too. Sound interesting and intriguing; gracias for the intro. BB2U


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