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The Nightingale: A Novel

byKristin Hannah

Paperback | April 25, 2017

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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II 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.

Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year . People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner . #1 Indie Next Selection . A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year

Praise for The Nightingale:

"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." -Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." -Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute

"Beautifully written and richly evocative." -Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival-and the essence of what makes us human." -Family Circle

"A heart-pounding story." -USA Today

"An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." -Anne Rice

"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." -Kirkus Reviews

"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." -Jewish Book Council

"Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." -Shelf Awareness

"I loved The Nightingale." -Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." -People

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the The Nightingale, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Michelle MacLaren. Her latest novel is The Great Alone, set in Alaska. Hannah is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Firefly Lane, Winter Garden, Night Road, Fly Away, and Home Front, which has ...
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Title:The Nightingale: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.29 × 5.49 × 1.62 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Beautiful I was blown away by this book. The plot line kept me surprised and engaged and the characters were incredibly well-developed. I cared for all the characters in the end - even the ones I didn't like! I am about to look for more novels by Kristin Hannah.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I couldn't put this down! A total tearjerker though. This was my 1st Kristin Hannah novel and I will be picking up more by her!!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I could not put this book down, which is usually not the case for me. It had a great balance between history and character development. This was the first book I read by Kristin Hannah and I plan on reading many more!
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've read ever! I read this book a when it first came out and I'm still recommending it to everyone I know, even those who don't typically read or read fiction. This is one of the best stories I've read, and I read at least 2 books a week. This one I read in under 24 hours. The story takes you in and keeps you there until its over. It is one of those books where you don't want it to end, and there are very few of those. All of my relatives who read (we are in different parts of Canada) all recommended this book to each other without knowing we had already read the book!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tearjerker I finished this book in one day - it was absolutely beautiful. I loved both Vianne and Isabelle and I can't wait for the movie adaptation.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story The story captures you from the beginning. One of the best war time novels.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... just... wow. This was incredible. I read it in three days--you cannot put it down! Following sisters Vianne and Isabelle (and an assortment of other vitally important and equally well developed characters) through WWII in Nazi-occupied France. And I mean through the war--the author takes you from the early days and rumours of war, to the depths of the characters' opposite, yet parallel, experiences and struggles for survival. This highlights the role of women as heroines and examples of absurd bravery. I fell in love with these people. This is a tear-jerker, but will simultaneously make you laugh. These characters haunted me; I think they will be with me a long time.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever My Favourite book!! I loved everything about this book...the characters, the story, the writing.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of My Favourites It took me a little bit to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend reading it. It left me thinking for months.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Quite possibly one of the best books I've read-ever. The story sticks with you all day while you are going about your life and is riveting. Definitely not one to start at 10pm! The characters are believable and you find yourself rooting for them throughout the book.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book This is an incredible story of survival by 2 sisters during WWII. I was drawn in right form the start & have actually read it twice!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend! Beautiful story about friendship and perseverance. Absolutely loved this book! Every evening I would rush to curl up and read this book. When the story ended, I genuinely missed the characters.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book so much! A beautifully written, heart-wrenching story of two sisters during WWII. I put off reading this one because it was a bit daunting at +600 pages but I could barely put it down. Read it in a week!
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing. Such an beautiful story highlighting the side of the war that often goes unmentioned. This novel shows the power women had, and their drive to succeed and overcome all hardships.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read The story was captivating from the beginning. Highlighting the lives of two sisters during WWII- their hardship, loss, love and strength. Highly recommended read.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This was a wonderful book. A must read! I loved it and highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was so hard to put down...fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soo good!! Loved this book, I found myself losing a bit of interest at first but it gets better and so intense. I was so invested in these characters and could not put this book down.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved this story of two sisters. Was a little slow to start but I have to say one of the best books I've read.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Emotional Heartbreaking and triumphant tale of two sisters, it is very emotional and you feel very connected to the characters.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and profound I fell in love with this story from the first page. It was a beautiful story of love and the struggle for survival. There were many parts that were raw and had me on the verge of tears. It’s a story that had a profound effect on me.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I read this book a couple of weeks ago and haven't been able to get it out of my mind. So well written. - Lovely!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of those books that will stay with me for a long time. I was so sad to finish this book. At 500+ pages, it's a long read but it left me wanting more. This is one of those amazing books that will stay with me for a long time. I love WWII fiction so I knew I would like this one. I had previously read the Alice Network by Kate Quinn and enjoyed it but this was an extra special book. I've recommended it to many people since. Wonderfully written, great historical detail, and a page-turning plot.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” This is the kind of story I could not get enough of. I would have read it in one sitting if time had permitted. As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to read it all over again. Vianne and Isabelle's story is filled with emotion. It is realistic and raw, beautiful and powerful. Kristin Hannah did a wonderful job of merging fiction and history into an unforgettable tale that make readers think and feel. And her story-telling sucked me in at the very first line. The Nightingale is book everyone needs to read. The story and the characters will stay for me for a long time.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites One of my favorites. I have recommended it to several others who enjoyed it as well. Don't miss this one!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! Just finished reading this and I'm in awe at what a beautiful story it was. Filled with adventure and tears, I haven't read a book this amazing in a long time!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quickly became a favourite Author! Cant get enough of Kristian Hannah's work! Each book is just better than the previous one! A beautiful creative and truly gifted author
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I'm often drawn to WW books. This one is a must read. Beautiful, captivating story of 2 women who sacrificed lots and endured so much. You wont be able to put the book down.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Women this book is absolutely stunning. the plot, diction, history, and emotion that was embedded in basically every page of the novel practically glued my hands to the book. I couldn't put it down! The story was beautiful and I suggest that you give the book a chance.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Powerful, engaging, and really beautiful portrayal of strong women.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I don't think that any amount of praise I give this book will do it justice. It was one of the best books I have ever read. This story had me in tears and laughter all at once. This is truly a story of loving, longing, and strength. I would say it is a must read.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ive read in a long time this book was wonderful, powerful and soooooooo engaging
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The Nightingale, an amazing piece of work from this author. It is one of those books that sit with you long after you've completed it, maybe because the events that took place in this novel have happened during WW2. I feel like I just read the autobiography of the two sisters Isabelle and Vianne who are the main characters in this novel. The author did a wonderful job with the details of that time, you're drawn in deep into the story and it feels like you are there in France in 1942, watching the scene and story actually taking place right in front of you, almost like you've entered a time machine. You will not be able to put this book down until you complete it, and you will never forget the story, or the way it touches you and grabs your heart.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT GOOD STORY OF STRONG WOMEN UNDER HARD CIRCUMSTANCES
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful A lovely book that will rip your heart out in the end
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly Beautiful This novel is exceptionally written and beautifully portrays two very strong women that the reader has no problem connecting and empathizing with. The characters in The Nightingale are both complex and vibrant and left me with almost a sense of loss when I finished the novel; as if it was a tragedy that I couldn't continue to follow their stories.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this Book A great read! The story of two sisters surviving WWII in different ways was inspiring and powerful.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Kristin Hannah pulls you in and you become very invested their lives and stories once again. Great read and very emotional.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a powerful story. A story of 2 sisters during WWII.. written so beautifully and the author has done great work in writing about this horrible time in history.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This book was beautifully written. At once fell in love with the characters despite their flaws and felt at times that I was right beside them suffering the horrors of war. The author has certainly done her research. I will read this again and again!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend. This book was recommended to me by my sister. I don't typically like or read WW2 novels (although I'm starting to think I should read more after this one) but The Nightingale had me in tears by the end of it. The relationship between the two sisters mirrors the one I have with my own sister. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in stories of female resistors during WW2. A very good companion read to this is A Train in Winter which provides a nonfiction insight.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved One of my favourite books of all time. Highly recommend to anyone who loves reading novels set in WW2.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Storytelling. The writer is clearly great at telling a story. The amount of detail and imagery makes you feel you are immersed in the story. You also care enough about the characters to be invested in the plot. I am giving it a 4 because I did feel that some of the facts were probably a bit exaggerated as far as what is actually plausible for a small french town in WWII.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a great story, so well written you feel you are part of it all.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book #PlumReview This is an amazing story! I could not put this book down. The 2nd world war breaks out, there are 2 sisters; one who stays with her family in a small rural France community and another who wants to help with the war and is outgoing. Both sisters help in the war. The older sister tries to help her friend who is Jewish get across the border, unfortunately this ends in tragedy... But she is able to adopt her friend's little boy and saves him from the concentration camps. The younger sister becomes part of a secret organization which claims the life of her father whom the sisters have been estranged from, from an early age. The younger sister crosses mountain ranges, the border into Spain and saves hundreds of British Pilots who have been shot down during the war. The author's characterization allows readers to become attached to the sisters and relate to their lives even if one cannot even imagine what it would be like to live through a war. This is an absolutely incredible novel and would recommend it to all genre readers.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I absolutely loved this book! I borrowed it from the library and couldn't put it down. I asked for it in hardcover at Christmas so I can keep it on my shelf to read again and again!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a good book, I did enjoy it
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This was the very first book that I read by Kristin and I knew by the last page that I needed to read another. She is an amazing writer and storyteller and I would recommend any of her books ! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! Touches your heart! This is wartime! Superb Heather's Pick! The Nightingale was a gripping story from start to finish. Although listed as a fiction book, the story is based on the happenings in France during Nazi occupation in WWII. A tale of survival, love of family, expectations, and loss of innocence during war time. Have read a few wartime stories, and this one is one of the best. In simple detail, the author is able to convey clearly how war had uprooted the daily life of ordinary French citizens. There was no escaping my acute awareness, that as i was reading the book in the comforts of my own home, the people who went through WWII did not have such a luxury for many many years. Their lives had changed forever. The author describes the turmoil within the two main characters (sisters: Isabelle and Vianne) so well, that as a reader I could feel their angst. Needed kleenex as well! Highly recommend! (Kristin Hannah has come a long way in her writing from her book Firefly Lane. )
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I Loved this book, cant emphasize that enough! I found myself picturing on countless occasions what it was like to live through a time as trying as this. The ending was absolutely fabulous and id be lying if i said i didn't shed a tear. If you are interested in romance, romance during the war, and history or what courage and determination looks like, than this is the read for you. Highly recommend this book, do yourself a favour and pick up your copy today!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite read I LOVE this book...I couldn't put it down. I have already given it as a gift to a number of people. It makes you think and it makes you feel. I loved the story line, you don't have to be a historical fiction fan to enjoy this book!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read All Year I said it was the best book I've read all year, but it may actually be the best book I've read in the past several years. It was so good - I can't even articulate all the ways in which it spoke to me. Give it a read!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Opens Your Eyes This book has truly changed my views on many things from this era. It was so powerful to learn how two absolutely ordinary woman did extraordinary in the face of war and terror. They fought the battle inside and outside, both fighting different battles but evidentially big as harsh. Both main characters are very different in the beginning, but the book brings you to realize that they are very similar and war changes a person. Throughout this novel I kept asking myself, ‘What would I do?’ There were many times I cried while reading this, there were also times I refused to keep reading but simply had to. This novel truly opens eyes to a different view of the Second World War than we’re used to, especially in North America. I can’t say enough how this novel has changed my personality and how I view people all together.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Beautiful work of historical fiction.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite!! When I got around to reading this, I couldn't put it down! I was drawn in right from the beginning.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I love this book. I took a few days off from reading because it was so emotional! Beautifully written
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books of all time This book is amazing. My favorite part was the ending, but overall the book sucks you in and you can't put it down. 100% would recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my ultimate favourites This book starts a little slow but it's so worth it. I fell in love with it and would recommend it to everyone
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally Enjoyed this Book Initially I couldn't put it down. I will admit, the middle is filled with lots of details which allows the reader to fully visualize what it would have been like during this time, but for me it was tough sometimes reading this. It was very emotional.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I bought this book a few months back; and could not put it down. Excellent read!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, but beautiful. One of the best books I’ve ever read by far. Definitely some parts that were emotionally difficult to read, but I was overall satisfied with the ending. I also learned so much about occupied France in WW2.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was fabulous! I could not put it down...have to admit I did have to get past the first few chapters before I was totally hooked!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I could not put this book down. It was absolutely amazing!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like being transported back in time This book is amazing! Kristin truly finds a way to make you feel like you are a part of the story!!!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book. A beautiful story between sisters, both very well written characters. I could rad this book again. My husband also read it and liked it.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful & Haunting I loved this book so much. It was beautifully written and is a love story between sisters that will transport you to one of the saddest times in our wold history.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. A different perspective of wartime. The story of these sisters is hard to put down. Very much worth the read.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book with stay with you long after you turn the last page... Amazing book about the women’s war during WWII. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book with stay with you long after you turn the last page... Amazing book about the women’s war during WWII. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will stick with you... Having recently finished The Nightingale, the most recent historical fiction novel written by Kristin Hannah, I found it quite difficult to pick up another book – the intensity of this story is hard to match. Based on events occurring during the Second World War, we are introduced to two French sisters – Vianne and Isabelle. Although they have a similar upbringing, their responses to the war are very different: Vianne wishes to keep her head down, protect her family and wait out the conflict, while Isabelle is enraged by the German occupation of France and feels the need to do anything she can to protect her country. Hannah’s vivid descriptions of their everyday experiences during the war and in the aftermath provide a unique window into the emotional battles waged by both sisters as they struggle through the heartache and suffering and embrace connections that can still be found as everything else seems to become more scarce. A completely absorbing read that left me gripping my tea and fuzzy reading socks with a little more gratitude than usual.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story line, didn't enjoy the writing style I really enjoyed the the story that was told in this book. I found there was a good mixture of romance, sadness, heroics and tragedy. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Kristin Hannah's writing style. I found it to be repetitive and a little cheesy. Warning of tear jerking events.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Each and every book that I have read by Kristin, I have fallen in love with! The way she tells the story in just enough detail really lets you make your own vision, and just in general the storyline is always captivating!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story, well told A good story, well told... but there are so many good WWII stories that have come out lately, and this doesn't make the favourites cut for me. I would definitely still recommend though.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Florence ain't got nuthin' on this Yowza McWowza! A really gale force of a novel.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made it to my top 5 This book made me ugly cry so much. Read this novel. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner extremely easy read, and well worth it as well
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page turner!! It has been a long while since a book has keep me riveted like this one did. A bit predictable in places but an emotional rollercoaster. Keep a box of Kleenex close by!
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Corny.... but you'll love it One of the most cheesy, dramatic, emotional stories but it's a page-turner and you'll cry throughout the whole thing.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Such a heart wrenching tale, but at the same time up lifting. I loved every minute of it
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Once I was done this book, I found myself missing the characters as if they were real people. The story and the writing is just that good. I have shared this book with a few others and anyone I talk to who have read it all say it's a favourite.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best i've read in a while This book was fantastic. It was heartbreaking at times but such a good read. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story This was an interesting book taking place in France in WW2.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book I have read many of Kristen Hannah's book however this was the best by far! This was such an amazing book based in World War II, it was intriguing and kept the reader's interest, it was captivating and you could truly picture yourself back in that time and place.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book I'm absolutely floored. I just finished reading this book and I had to immediately write a review. I've read a lot of fiction and non fiction about World War II and I have to say this one was by far my favourite. I don't think I've cried so hard while reading a book; the author definitely knows how to paint a picture and of course the subject matter is very intense so it's a very sad picture. It was a very beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down I read this book while on vacation and could not put it down. Loved the story!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgettable Read Everything in this story was simply amazing. A must read!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Favourite book of the year. Nothing else will come close. I'm sure of it. This book combined so many wonderful things: a historical setting (WWII), strong women, resiliency in the face of dark times, love, sisterly bonds ... I can't begin to describe how in love I fell w. this story + w. these characters. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. A must read.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I rarely give a book an overall rating of 5 but this one thoroughly deserved it. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Honestly, this may just be an unnecessary review, but I feel compelled to write it. Big books are daunting for me because I am a student and have very little time to read for pleasure; I picked this book up on a short semester turnaround and I'm quite happy I did. It deserves such a high rating for sure. Kristin Hannah does a remarkable job painting a picture of the war. Vianne and Isabelle seem so real and, therefore, are easy believe and connect to. Hannah packed a lot into her book and still made it a book I never wanted to be too far from. The insight I gained from this book put it all into a new perspective for me. I read All The Light You Cannot See and it just wasn't for me, but The Nightingale was. This will be another book I recommend to everyone, and I don't think it's reviews are overrated in any sense.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I LOVED this book! It made me cry at two in the morning. Strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I could not put this down! Great travel reading when you are on a long flight or drive and won't be interrupted!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tear jerker I can't tell you how wonderful this book is. I zoomed right through it because I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Two stars There might be a good story in there, but the writing is so clichéd.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Book I bought this book hesitantly but am I ever glad that I did. I absolutely loved this novel. If you like love stories, empowering women, history and world war II, This book is for you.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt! This was a heartfelt read - hard to put this book down! This is a remarkable, moving story.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite This book is now one of my top 5 favorite books. The writing is absolutely phenomenon, the characters are unique, and they remind me that women are truly brave and resilient.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This book was very well written. It drew me in and was very emotional.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page This book made me cry and laugh. It was extremely interesting to see the world through the eyes of French women during world war 2.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Such a great read. Love the characters and their quest for love and redemption. Couldn't put this one down!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice. Isabelle is daring and brave from the beginning, so nothing she does is ever particularly surprising. Vianne begins as shy and scared of the world around her but becomes, despite that constant fear, a force to be reckoned with - and her gradual character development is so spot-on. Julien, broken by his experiences during the Great War, was put back together by Second. His secondary story of redemption is kind and well-conceived. Was this book perfect in its historical accuracy or even likelihood? No. But Hannah admits as much in her acknowledgement section. It was however, written with extraordinary passion and compassion and shows us that in many ways, as long as you are alive, you can be redeemed.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting! I absolutely loved every minute of reading this story. I was drawn in immediately and was one of those books that I never wanted to end. Read it!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Beautifully written with a very compelling story that wouldn't let me put this book down. A must read!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read A wonderful book, set in WW2 , keeps moving at a very fast pace, danger around every corner, two sisters determined to help the resistance in the war effort, some wonderful characters , you almost feel part of the story as it draws you in , thoroughly enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story Well written, and kept my attention from cover to cover
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt Read! This was our book club read of the month - not normally the type of book I'd pick out for myself but wow! It captivated me from the first page and I couldn't put it down. This is a beautiful, unforgettable story. I'm excited to explore other books by this author.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read I read this books years ago and just found it come up on here. This book was amazing and if anyone is into non-fiction historical romances/dramas this is a great book for you! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Wonderful plot- kept me hooked the entire time
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A beautifully and poignantly written novel with an unexpected and emotional storyline. So glad I read it!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read Very well written. An emotional story that will definitely hold your interest
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Captivating! Amazing book, beautifully written. First book I have read by Kristin Hannah and definitely won't be my last!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! This book was very well written...would have tissues close by your going to need them! Very enriching and strong characters.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite The Nightingale is a stunning book. Set in Nazi occupied France, Hannah tells the story of two sisters and their separate but equally impactful involvement with the Resistance. It is beautifully crafted and wonderfully written. The kind of book that makes you forget you're reading because you are so immersed in the story. I have given this book to my mom, my grandma, my aunt, and my sister, and all have fallen in love. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Absolutely loved this book, it was difficult to get into at first but once I did I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book After reading this, it sticks with you for awhile. It can be a bit hard to get into at the very beginning, but extremely interesting and beautifully described.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! Had a little bit of trouble getting into it, but then just lost myself in it. So inspiring and captivating!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!! I loved this book, I recommend it to everyone. It is a book that you will read again and again.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Isabelle Mauriac is kicked out of school and returns to Paris, to live with her dad, right as the city is fleeing from the horrors of WWII. Isabelle's father sends her away, to the countryside and her sister Vianne. The journey there is almost impossible. There's not enough food, they get shot at, and people are left behind. Isabelle meets Gaetan along the way and they talk about doing more for their country. Gaetan sees Isabelle to her sister's house and leaves her abruptly. Isabelle isn't happy in the countryside. Though she's only a teenager, she wants to help her country rather than sitting and waiting for the war to come to her. She starts by distributing anti-Nazi flyers and eventually ramps up to rescuing downed airmen across the Pyrenees. Her code name: Nightingale. This is a moving story about human fortitude. The two sisters follow very different paths but eventually wind up with similar stories by putting their lives at risk to help those during the war. Isabelle knew right away that she wanted to do something good for her country. It took longer for Vianne to reach this point and she made mistakes that put her friends at risk. But when finally confronted with doing the right thing, she did it. The fact that these two sisters arrived at similar fates in such different ways was incredibly realistic and touching at the same time. Deep down, this is a love story. But it's not a sappy love story. Instead it's about how those during the times of war can communicate their love to each other, or how they can't. Though the ending was neat and tidy, I absolutely loved this book. Best read of the year!
Date published: 2016-12-08

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Nightingale:"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." -Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." -Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute"Beautifully written and richly evocative." -Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author"A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival-and the essence of what makes us human." -Family Circle"A heart-pounding story." -USA Today"An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." -Anne Rice"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." -Kirkus Reviews"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." -Jewish Book Council"Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won't allow any rest until all of their fates are known." -Shelf Awareness"I loved The Nightingale." -Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." -People