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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 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