Updated: Sep 1, 2020
I have read three of Kristin Hannah’s books so far and this was by far my favorite. To begin, it is set during World War Two, a period that evokes such enthralling emotions that it is hard not to greedily speed through every book about it. My sister for one, is a fiend for World War Two books. Though the books overflow with tragedy, she enjoys the hopeful endings and lessons of human resilience- most do. Secondly, it is a thick book around 570 pages which I always love. I am a very fast reader as I can never put a good book down, and while it’s a blessing to have the ability, it's also a curse because I only get to spend a limited amount of time with the characters I come to know so well. With a book this size, though, I get to spend a few days with them and truly feel fulfilled when I finish. It is a story of two sisters and how their paths cross and uncross during the war. One must face a nazi quartered in her home with her and her daughter while her husband is off fighting, while the other leads a secret reconnaissance mission helping soldiers. The anecdotes about their daily lives never failed to interest me, but what I enjoyed the most were the lessons about strength and family. I may or may not have shed a few tears at the end. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction!