A World War II novel depicting the woman's war, this is the story of estranged sisters Vianne and Isabelle. Vianne leads a quiet life in rural France with her family when her husband is forced to enlist and the Germans occupy her town. Isabelle, younger and rebellious, finds her home in the Resistance. I found myself entirely diverted by the quality narration, solid character development, and just-right amount of physical detail in spite of the stock nature of the plot. An almost-familiar tale, very well told.