When the Nazi's arrive, a soldier is assigned to live with Isabelle, Vienne, and Vienne's daughter Sophie. The sisters handle the Nazi occupation in different ways. Vienne is quiet and prefers to stay under the radar and out of Nazi gaze. Isabelle is defiant and restless, not content hiding out in the countryside while Fascism has taken over her homeland.
This book tells a story about the home front. The unsung heroes of wartime; wives, mothers, and children that risk their lives every day living in an occupied country, where every moment can be a matter of life or death. Despite the differences between Isabelle and Vienne, each finds their way to rebel and fight for France and the victims of the Nazi regime.
Hannah's writing style is so light and delicate. When used to write about a subject that is bleak, solemn, and depressing, it creates a juxtaposition that can only be described as beautiful. My heart will stay with this book for a very long time. The plot is well written and thoughtful with characters of extraordinary depth and realness. There were times I cried and times I trembled in anticipation.
If I have peaked your interest, this book is available through the Monroe County Library System as a paper book, ebook, audiobook, or eaudiobook. This is our book group selection for February 22, 2018.
There is also a film adaptation, which is set to release in January 2019.