Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Author: Kristin Hannah
My sister bought me this book for my birthday so that I could read it on the beach during my honeymoon. I wouldn't really call it a "beach read," as it was heavy and complex, but it was definitely worthy of being read.
As one might expect from a WWII story, this book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. But it also taught me a lot about what happened in France during the war, as it is not a country that receives a great deal of focus when you learn about WWII in school. And having this information presented from the perspective of two women—one of whom was on the front lines of action and one of whom had to keep life together for her family while her husband was away—was unique and extremely impactful. In fact, I find it extraordinary that this is a work of fiction.
This book will break you in half, but I don't think you'll regret picking it up.