This is the best book I’ve read in a really long time.
In this novel, we are immersed into the lives of two sisters during World War II in occupied France. Isabelle is young and rebellious while Vianne is the conservative rule-follower who lives an unassuming life in the French countryside with her husband and daughter. As the war grows more intense, the sisters’ rocky relationship is put to the test and they both demonstrate their bravery and fight against the enemy to survive.
I LOVED this book. I was a little worried I wouldn’t like it because a lot of people online compare it to All the Light We Cannot See, which I did not like when I read it last year. It’s not often that I read historical fiction novels, but I feel that this book told a story of a side of World War II (or war in general) that I hadn’t read much of before. Kristin Hannah tells a descriptive tale of what was like for women during World War II and how the war and Nazi occupation of France infiltrated and impacted every single part of their lives. In different ways, both sisters demonstrate their bravery by secretly resisting the Nazis even though they knew they would pay the ultimate price if caught. The two main characters were likable, relatable and had great depth to them. I truly felt like I went on an incredible journey with Vivian and Isabelle and was happy that we saw a glimpse into their lives after the war. There is also a surprise ending that had me in tears as I was reading it. This book is remarkable and one that I will recommend to those looking for a great read for a long time to come.
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