The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Holy shit.

I don’t even know where to start other than it’s going to take a long time to recover from this book.

I do not read books on war. I’m not a history buff. I’m fairly certain I am not “smarter than a 5th grader” in the history category. Other categories are up for debate but not the point.

That being said this story about two women and their amazing strength during WWII should be a must read for every girl in high school or college.

From the first sentence I was hooked!  That sounds dramatic but there’s something about this book and author that hooks you and makes you feel like you are really there living through this with the characters. Something I hope to be able to do one day.

Literally haven’t been this emotionally attached to a book since Harry Potter! Yup that’s how good it is!

I loved Isabelle’s strength and determination. I love that she didn’t let everyone pushing her away stray her from going after something she wanted and truly believed in. I hope that there’s a little of that in my daughter. Maybe not as much as Isabelle cause she can be dangerous but overall she had amazing qualities that are to be praised and admired.

Vianne is the definition of a strong and loving mother who would do anything for her children. I love that she even surprises herself with her strength. You never know what lengths and what risks you are willing to take for those you love until you are put in that situation.

The things that these women went through and maintained hope through is inspirational and astounding. I would have given up 1/4 of the way through the book. I mean I hope not but its a likely scenario that I would have been shot very early on!

This book has truly changed the way I look at life and even the way I look at the world we live in right now. I can’t say if its changed for the better or not but its for sure opened my eyes and given me so much to think about.

I’m extremely grateful for my family and the world we are living in today. Yes the world is crazy right now and falling apart at the seams. But I’m blessed beyond measure to be living in a small po-dunk town in the mountains of California where we feel safe.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers so if anyone wants to chat about this amazing story I’m all for it!