I cautiously approached reading The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, due to its length and content. The story takes place during WWII, and I typically enjoy learning about the bravery of the men and women who fought hard for freedom in Europe and the US. However, Hannah delves into the cruel repression and treatment that people received in Nazi occupied France and in the concentration camps. Because Hannah is a skilled writer, I didn’t want to put this novel down but at the same time, my heart broke knowing how Allied soldiers and their families suffered.
Nightingale is based on real actions taken by average citizens to help the Allies through resistance efforts and to save Jewish children from certain death. Extraordinary people who put their lives at risk for freedom. Let’s never forget how precious our freedom is.
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