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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Author of The Nightingale is an American writer. This is the first historical novel by this writer inspired by the story of a nineteen-year-old from Belgium. This is a teenager who helped Allied troops cross the Pyrenees to Spain.

Don’t know if there are light books on war? Are there stories with a happy ending? Can War Survivors be happy?

The book describes the Second World War in France. German-occupied cities, towns; food shortage, fear of not saying or doing something. All this is not as scary as the treacherous flicker of those sewn yellow stars.

I never understood this solution – to kill all the Jews, to cleanse humanity from the “bad” nation. Some kind of dehumanization! Total nonsense! However, it was happening. And very recently…

The book describes the lives of the two sisters Viana and Isabella: their challenges, their choices in a time of war, their fear, their love, their bereavement, their grief, their hate…

I have no idea how difficult it is to make a choice at such a time. And how difficult it is to live after all the war’s challenges. It should be unimaginably difficult.

A very memorable, engaging, and exciting story.

© Fortune, 2009

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