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“This story is vivid and real in the most heart breaking sense.” ~ Under the Covers

I’ve been seeing this book around the blogosphere a lot lately and I have a soft spot for the WWII period.  I mean, probably one of my favorite movies of the nineties was Life is Beautiful and to this day I can probably quote parts of it.  I guess I have a thing for having my heart ripped out.

So I decided to take the dive into this world, having never read anything by Kristin Hannah before, but also hearing she’s a wonderful author.  And let me tell you…. this book. THIS. BOOK!  THE NIGHTINGALE was an all consuming read from start to finish.  It hits you right in the feelings!  I got lost in its pages and its words as if I was transported to the world Ms. Hannah was narrating.  And it felt as real to me as if I was watching a movie or the real thing unfold in front of my eyes.  This story is vivid and real in the most heart breaking sense.

utc-top-pickWe all know how the story goes in a way, the horrors and devastation brought on by WWII, and going in you know to be prepared for some heart break.  I just wasn’t prepared for the range of emotions this book brought out in me.  What a life and what a story!  I had ups and I had downs.  My heart broke a little each time something was revealed.  Something about the past, something about the present.  I was probably a sobbing  mess towards the end when we face the present and the reunion.

The story of these two French sisters will probably go sit right along Life is Beautiful as one of my favorite fiction works about the period.  If you are up for a powerful book that will move you to the core and stay with you, then THE NIGHTINGALE is that book!

Favorite Quotes:

(Too many to list them all here!)

But when he looked at her—and she looked at him—they both knew that there was something worse than kissing the wrong person. It was wanting to.

You are my sunlight in the dark and the ground beneath my feet.

Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.

Love. It was the beginning and end of everything, the foundation and the ceiling and the air in between.


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  1. Thanks for the review, I’ve read Night Road by this author and it was such an emotional roller coaster.