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#amreading – What, Why, While : The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading the historical fiction novel The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah    My paperback version was published in 2017 by Pan Macmillan.  This has been on my TBR pile for some time, but the small size of the print has put me off.

Book Blurb (taken from http://www.goodreads.com )

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939


In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaëtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. 

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

Because I love this author’s novels.  The first one I read was  The Great Alone, then I listened to Winter Garden – both wonderful books.    Living “overseas” I am not sure how to  ascertain the size of the print before buying remotely.  My version of The Nightingale has very small print which was disappointing.   I don’t want Large Print, just not tiny print.  Any ideas how I check the size of the print before buying? Apart from reading via Kindle. Please let me know in the Comments below. 

While (I  am reading it) 

Its been very hot and dry this week, so Hedgie has returned for a bit of help with food (there is always water available for him and the birds etc).  Here he is enjoying a meal of beef cat food (I understand fish cat food, and milk must never been given to hedgehogs).   Watching him is wonderful.

All the best, Emma

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  1. Lovely to see you have a hedgehog friend! We’ve a regular visitor to our garden too 😊🦔 I’ve seen many a Kristin Hannah book but never looked further than the fact they’re big books with very small writing! Quite a commitment to start, but this sounds pretty good! 👍🏻😊

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  2. I have The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah on my TBR too. I will read it on my Kindle where I can adjust the size of the font! I just don’t enjoy reading small print anymore.

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