This is a MUST-read!
Vianne and Isabelle, sisters living in France during the late 1930’s, could not be more different from each other. Vianne is calm, very settled and contented; while Isabelle is impulsive, daring and always desperately seeking attention and love. Both, however, had their lives completely disrupted by the German invasion into France during the advent of the second world war. And both resisted the Germans each in her own very brave way. Through their miserable experiences during the war, they each came to understand each other and respect each other for who they really were and who they each became.
This book, while extremely emotionally difficult to read, was outstanding. The writing was clear and fluid and just explicit enough to get the sordid details across. The characters are beautifully drawn; both sisters became real people for whom I felt a powerful empathy. It also was descriptive but still kept the action moving so that there was never a lull, never a single sentence I wanted to skim over. It is a story that keeps your heart beating at high speed until the very last page.
Once again – a MUST-READ!