The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.  While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely.  But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war.   The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.  It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


  • Please read this book!

    By Squirewillard
    I have never written a book review but want to encourage everyone to take a chance on reading this one. It is one of the most powerful and memerizing books that I have ever read. It is difficult subject matter i know but the artistry and beauty of this story will linger and uplift you long after you have finished reading it. Please do take a chance and read this book! You will thank me later!
  • I didn't want it to end

    By ANikkidd
    This book was amazing, one that has resonated with me. She dives deep into the characters and their lives in WWII. Such wonderful perspective. It was heart wrenching. Worth the read!
  • The Nightingale

    By coyotespirit2
    One of. The best books I have read. I didn’t want it to end. I am ordering a new book today.
  • The Nightingale

    By BeetHoneyB
    I am not easily impressed, however this book moved me. Excellently written. When I had first read the description months ago I wasnt that intrigued, so I waited until a family member wanted to read it with me.. and just wow. Not a book to pass up.
  • Enjoyable despite cliches galore

    By Marysl88
    The story was engrossing, but I have to admit to rolling my eyes at some of the narrative cliches and overwrought descriptions of everything French. With that said, I enjoyed the read and cried buckets.
  • The Nightingale

    By mrgoin
    My favorite book since I turned the first page. I learn so much about the War,families, people who fight even in fear and starvation. The human spirit will always survive when good over evil is the battle song. Sally Goin
  • Best book ever

    By Bland Pam
    By far the best book I’ve read in a while. I don’t like any of her other books though. Don’t over look this one. You can’t put it down.
  • Touching Story

    By Kleighg
    Such an incredible story of survival and loss and heroism. I loved everything about this novel.
  • Empowering

    By Cat Palmer
    Not just for women. This is a story of human resilience. Beautifully curated, immaculate design. I will remember it forever, the realism, the characters, and the humanity it exemplifies. Highly recommend for women of all ages, men should read this too.
  • Great story!!!!

    By LostGirlNeverland
    I COULD NOT put it down. This is a must read for anyone who loves WWII fiction. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a little too descriptive with a rape scene, but it’s worth reading definitely!!!!