The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
First sentence: "If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are."
Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, a historical fiction novel which left me misty eyed at the end encompasses two timelines. The story started out in 1995 and takes the reader back into France during WWII and the French resistance from 1939 to 1941. Two sisters, separated by distance and estranged from their father, get involved in the French Underground. One sister in the present is sick with cancer and finds an old truck in her attic containing mementos of her life during WWII. Memories takes the reader back during the days of the German takeover of France, resistance, fear, strength, and survival. The story is both haunting and beautiful and well worth reading.
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