By Kristin Hannah
“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.” The entire time I was reading I kept thinking about the underlying question in the novel
Thoughts: This review took me a few days to digest because I had such a reading hangover from this book, it was a heavy turn-pager. A book about ordinary women who became heroes and stories of women to impossible to ignore.
The entire time I was reading I kept thinking about the underlying question in the novel; "At what point would you rescue a stranger's life when you are knowingly putting your life and families lives at risk?". Hannah does a very good job going back and forth to create new ways to relate and sympathize with both Vianne and Isabelle, even though they are very different (more so at the beginning). The reason I didn't give it a full rating is the Narrator structure at the beginning and end. I found that this part was easy to identify so the essential twist of the ending fell flat.