Paperback, 438 Pages
WWII/ Historical Fiction/ Romance
By: Kristin Hannah
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“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.”
🌟 Leslie Picked this up for my 10 Bloggers, 10 Recommendations challenge! If I am going to be honest, I was hesitant when I got this recommendation because I have a not so good history with historical fictions. On the other hand, from the 10 bloggers, Leslie probably is the blogger who has the closest taste to mine and so I trusted her and I am glad I did! This was a so spot on choice and thanks a ton for choosing a book I would not have otherwise picked up!
🌟 The book open with the above quote and opening lines are a very important thing to me as a reader. I usually check them when I buy any book and this was a good indication of what’s to come in the book.
🌟 I loved the writing, there were a lot of quotes that I liked and highlighted! The other thing that made this a beautiful read is the emotional roller-coaster it put me on. I felt sad, felt desperate, anger, hope, happiness. It has been a while since a book made me feel so much! It may have been sappy at some places but I did not mind that! I even added it to my tear-worthy list on GR (I did not cry but I know many readers will).
“Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.”
🌟 The characters were three dimensional and I loved the contrast between them. Two completely different sisters and how war changes them. The idea is just very intriguing! The secondary characters were all well written too, from the kids, to the neighbors to Vianne and Isabelle’s father! They acted their age and did what real people do. One of the characters arcs end in an anti-climactic way and I think if it was done better, I would have gone for 5 stars!
🌟 The pacing was kind of slow -Which I am okay with now after reading more epic adult fantasy stories- and the story can be a heavy one. I think that is why I saw some DNFs among my friend reviews. The book is a book about WW2 so TW for death and rape and ugly war things! The plot focuses on romance to a certain degree which helps balance things! I don’t think this should be approached as a history book but I have some new facts I am adding to all the things I keep learning about those wars! I also hate the fact that innocent civilians were the ones to suffer most, a fact that this book shed the lights on.
“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.”
🌟 Summary: This was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I read it! With a great prose and fleshed out characters, this was such an emotional book! If you love historical-fiction books then you should read this one!