I am so late in reviewing this book!!! It was so good. I feel like this would be a hard one to not love. Going to share what I thought but I don’t want to give away anything about the storyline because I think you guys should still read it if you haven’t – so forgive me for being vague! But I want to hear what you guys thought too so leave comments and feel free to be detailed .. a warning to those who want to read it not to read comments 😉
This is a fictional novel based in France during the German invasion — it is so well written that you can see yourself in every scene .. walking down the street, picturing every facial expression and feeling all the emotions. I realize it was (mostly) fiction (not sure that is made clear or not?), but I know there are true stories that aren’t far off from this exact one. I couldn’t help but think what an empowering book it is for women to remember the lives of those women who were so incredibly brave. In the beginning she says “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.” .. and I kept wondering who I would be. The women in this book are so fearless it gives me chills. I love how Isabelle said “they can hurt my body but they can’t hurt my soul”… even to have that mentality during everything that was going on is just incredible. I loved her character.
I am not going to lie, after finishing it I had a few days with waves of sadness.. I just felt sad. Knowing all of that horrible stuff happened just gives you a pit in the stomach. And remember that day that I said I was feeling so overwhelmed? I think a part of it was because we as a society have it so easy in comparison that it made me feel sick and ungrateful that I ever get stressed or annoyed about anything. I know you can’t compare but just reminded me not to take this freedom we have for granted, because we are so fortunate to have that. Definitely ended this book in tears and feeling so grateful for all of the soldiers who fight for our freedoms.
April’s book I am late to announcing of course ha, but I have started to read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I wanted to start it to make sure I love it before I suggest it.. but I love it! I am listening on audible and his voice is kind of quiet and lacks energy so I do have to listen very intently but I get so captivated in what he is saying – sometimes I have to turn it off just to think about it for a minute because I don’t want to forget. I am not too far in but already think about the things he talks about in my daily life. It has already made me feel like I can control my feelings and thoughts more.. like I have more power over both. I can’t wait to keep listening so if you want to as well PLEASE DO!