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I’m not gonna lie. The past couple of weeks have been tiring and stressful. I’ve been hustling and hustling in order to reach my career and financial goals as a full-time blogger. I love my job. It’s fun. No doubt about that. But when you have a set goal, things get serious (#AdultingIsHard). So if I can escape – whether to a weekend getaway or a few hours just to myself, I’ll take it. But even then, my mind is still thinking about deadlines and setups, recipes or outfits that need to be blogged about. So how can I focus on my downtime and get my mind off work? Distract myself with a book! The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah was my book companion over the last couple of days.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Most of the books I read are either Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, or Humorous Fiction. So reading a historic novel is fresh to me. The Nightingale comes from the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristin Hannah. It’s an emotional novel about two sisters set in France during World War II. I wasn’t expecting to like this book. But only after a few paragraphs, I found myself soaked in and not wanting to put it down. It’s a heart-pounding story that made me teary-eyed (only because I had to contain the tears in public) a couple of times. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there were several points in the story that I wanted to ugly-cry. One involves a horrible experience Vianne, one of the sisters, had to muster, and another one has something to do with Ari towards the end of this epic novel. Other times, I was shocked and horrified, feeling the pain that Isabelle (the younger sister) had to go through. It’s a truly compelling and powerful story that makes you think about life during World War II.
Christina Baker Kline, also a #1 New York Times bestselling author (Orphan Train) also describes The Nightingale as “haunting, action-packed, and compelling“. I’ve heard several other great reviews of this book and I have to agree. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, grab a copy and get lost in this book. I would have to give it 5 out of 5 stars!
The Nightingale Book Giveaway
Want to win a hardback copy of The Nightingale? I’m picking two winners. All you have to do is enter below. The contest is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. Good luck!