author, Kristin Hannahnarrator, Polly Stone,
setting, France, 1940s
Book Rating: 5/5 “In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” This book has a presence. A heartbreaking yet inspirational novel, The Nightingale was such an emotional read for me. I listened to the audio during my daily walks and I remember sobbing while walking past fields of cows, their big cow eyes following me down the road. I carried this book around in my heart for weeks. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I related to it throughout different aspects of my daily life. Even a year later, I feel an emotional tug when revisiting the story. If you haven’t read this book yet- what are you waiting for?!? If you have read it, chances are you are in the majority of those who loved it; come see my book inspired food!
Audiobook Performance: 4/5 Polly Stone did an amazing job narrating such an evoking book. She had spot on timing and her accents just intensified all the characters. It was lovely to hear the often used French pronounced aloud.
Food Rating: 5/5 The Nightingale was filled with lovely food descriptions which evokes emotion as well as my hunger for all things French. Of course, there are macarons and fresh baguettes and charcuterie mentioned. But I also discovered quince and canelés from reading this book and my life will forever be enriched because of it! There were so many descriptive and evoking edibles that I had to narrow my inspired recipes down to only 9!!
I am so very excited about The Nightingale movie! Sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning will portray Isabelle and Vianne. I’m still not-so-patiently awaiting a release date!
Andrée de Jongh aka “The Postman” helped Allied airmen and soldiers escape from Nazi occupied Belgium. Kristin Hannah was fascinated with her story and it inspired her character Isabelle in The Nightingale. “My name is Andrée…but I would like you to call me by my code name, which is Dédée, which means little mother. From here on I will be your little mother, and you will be my little children. It will be my job to get my children to Spain and freedom.” Andrée de Jongh to downed airmen. “Our lives are going to depend on a schoolgirl.” A downed airman.
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Madame Babineau’s Lavender Honey
Vianne’s Potato and Lardon Soup
German Potato Dumplings
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Very chocolatey 😁
Oh my! Chocolatey 😋
Thank you!!! 😁
I love this!