“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
It’s rare to find a book I know I have to share, one which has a combination of story and words and character which pulls me in so deeply that it’s impossible to stop reading until the last page is turned. Some books I enjoy are more artistic and don’t draw a large readership, but the rare gems are the ones which are complex and have depth and are accessible and enjoyable for many readers. My book recommendation this time is widely read (thousands of reviews on major book sites), fairly new (still in hardcover), and topping the bestseller lists, and there’s a good reason why—the book is fantastic from every angle, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
When I first heard of The Nightingale, I thought I’d read similar World War II based books and grown weary of them, but a few weeks later, I bought it because I heard it is about these three words: the women’s war.
That, I love.
The Nightingale is the most sweeping account I’ve read of World War II France, and Hannah’s focus on two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, is what makes the novel unforgettable.
To read more about why I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, visit my post at GreatNewBooks.org, a book recommendation site I lead and run with 9 other writing and book-loving friends.
After you read it, please share your thoughts — I’d love to hear what you think, too!