This best-selling novel by Kristin Hannah is set in France during the Holocaust. This different setting gave readers a different point of view of the war, as opposed to Elie Wiesel's memoir Night. While Wiesel's point of view is from a survivor of the Holocaust in Auschwitz, Hannah's novel demonstrates the perspective of the French people, who incurred a lot of violence, discrimination, and persecution during the war.
This novel also gives a glimpse of the German soldiers' uncertainty about some of the orders given to them. The one soldier was shown as a human being who missed his wife and children.
Additionally, the female heroine of the novel Isabelle has readers disliking her at first, as she comes across as just a spoiled teenager. However, her rebellious nature pushes her to lead a revolution. Her amazing feat of climbing mountains over and over again in order to save strangers had readers weeping for her in the end.
It is unfortunate that this novel sparked the idea that "we don't learn from history" for the readers. Society as a whole continues to bread prejudice, racism, persecution, and hatred. Something as horrific and heinous as the Holocaust should serve as a reminder to all of the atrocities that man creates against man.