Obtained: Simon & Schuster Canada, ARC
Publish date: May 3, 2016
I was offered a chance to read this book by Simon & Schuster, and decided to take it once reading the captivating summary of the short-but-sweet novel.
Nightfall tells the story of James, a retired university professor, who after a life of sorrow in losing his wife and daughter, decides to track down a lost love he once had and try to rekindle the flame. The story also follows, Odette, the woman from Quebec with whom he’d fallen in love with; and Raoul, the man who was once supposed to marry Odette, and in his old age, believes that he is in fact married to her.
Without really knowing what to expect from this book, I have to say there were a lot of aspects that I really enjoyed. I loved the descriptions of James’s summer in Quebec and all of the beautiful Canadian backdrops to the story. I also really enjoyed the realism in the characters’ personalities. That being said, this book only gets three stars from me because of a lot of the dialogue in the novel that wasn’t very realistic at all. There were a lot of grand speeches and stories told by the characters, in language that felt more fitting for writing than someone actually speaking. Maybe if this was only one specific character, I would have accepted it, but all of the characters seemed to have this same voice, which took away from how much I loved them as individuals.
Overall, I think Nightfall is a lovely, short read that tells a unique, interesting story about characters who I’m not forced to read about all the time. As I read, I wanted to know more about how James and Odette met, their pasts, and why he wanted to find her so badly – and the story I got was definitely worth the read.