The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Book - 2015
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AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2018

Moving look at two sisters in France during WW II and what they're willing to do to survive the war.

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minak
Dec 16, 2017

The Nightingale is the best book I have ever read about WWII. I could not put it down and kept reading it, I did not want it to end. Every character (who was not Nazi expect for Beck) in this book touched my heart in a way that no other book ever did especially Isabelle.

Thank you Christin for writing the Nightingale.

Jcheng1234 Dec 16, 2017

A very well written page turner on how two sisters of clashing personalities survived WWII in the Nazi occupied France. It was full of suspense and horror of the cruelty of war and Holocaust. One sister joined the Resistance to lead the downed Allied airmen to safety; the other saved the Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. The French women’s sacrifice for their family and loved ones; their fighting for the liberation of the country behind the enemy lines was so brave. I loved this book.

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FVReader
Nov 25, 2017

I gave up on this one. It trivialized and romanticized the dangers of the War. Not my cup of tea. Guess this author isn't for me.

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EmilyNicole627
Nov 06, 2017

This was a great story of two sisters and their journeys during the war, both contributing in their own ways. I highly recommend this book. It was written very well and was hard to put down.

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PJD
Oct 17, 2017

I can't even remember the last time a book had me in tears at the end!

vpazreads Oct 16, 2017

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this riveting story about two sisters forced to face the hardships of Nazi-occupied France, discovering inner strength and learning what "family" truly means.

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katewickk
Oct 11, 2017

The book was well written and kept me turning the page. However I am very unhappy that there is an explicit rape described in the book. That is not okay to have in a book and makes for a disturbing read. Mentioning that she got raped is one thing, describing it is another. I think its very harmful and degrading to woman and the less rape crammed into our "entertainment" the better.

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happycanuck
Sep 10, 2017

Excellent story - holds your attention and emotions throughout.

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SUSIEQ3
Aug 08, 2017

Brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying...... highly recommended, and we must never forget the realities of war on the human heart and soul.

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lizhelboe
Jul 24, 2017

I enjoyed the story about the role of the Nightingales during the Second World War. I have read other books on the occupation of France by the Nazis that I may have enjoyed more- this book was a bit more superficial and some of the story lines didn't seem very plausible but it still was a decent story.

blue_bear_5114 Jul 22, 2017

The most touching and well written book I have read. It described the hardships of war and how it affected women in the most vivid way. I could not put this book down after I picked it up. It made me feel like I was living in the 1940s and had me hold my friends and family closer after I finished reading it.

samdog123 Jul 10, 2017

A stunning read and so well-researched by author Kristin Hannah. Two sisters in WWII occupied France, deal with the devastation to their family and their very existence. One sister, Isabelle becomes involved with the French resistance, while Vianne stays in the quiet country village but even there, she cannot escape the effects of the war. The ending was so well done and brought me to tears.

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pharra19
Jul 10, 2017

A phenomenal book! As another reader said, this book reminded me of why I love to read.

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cordovafamily
Jul 07, 2017

This book started out slow, but once you get through the first 50 pages it is phenomenal. I couldn't put this book down. Once you get started, you just want to know what happens! Amazing, amazzzing book.

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PaulaSuzanneLee
Jul 05, 2017

I started this book and abandoned it two times. However, I have a friend who kept telling me to read it combined with my son studying abroad this summer in Paris (the book is set in Paris) made me pick it up for a third time. I am so glad I did! This book is one of the best books I have read. A historical fiction set in Paris during WWII, it tells the story of two sisters, their relationship, and their efforts to aid the war and survive Germany's occupation of France. I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't want it to end either. When I finished, I felt as if I had to say good-bye to friends. A must read!

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DruC
Jun 30, 2017

This is a remarkable book and very moving book.

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ang_reads
Jun 20, 2017

A touching novel that gives testimony to the strength, courage and necessity of women in WWII. Kristin Hannah's writing illustrates the raw love between friends, family, neighbours, strangers and enemies. But it is countered by hatred and the horrors of war. There were unexpected turns and many poignant moments where I almost found tears in my eyes. The first two sentences summarize the theme: "In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."

An easy to read novel with the heart of a mother.

This is the best book I have read in long time the ending had me in tears but good tears not bad. She is an excellent writer so true to the heart. A must read for everyone not just survivors for that terrible war. It was worth the wait.

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wyenotgo
Jun 07, 2017

This is by far the best thing I've read this year. In places, it is hard; it will break your heart and lift you up. It's the story of two incredibly courageous women; and I was reminded that although this is a work of fiction, there have in fact always been women like that who did things like that during war.
Ms. Hannah did a masterful job of recreating the chaos, the constant fear, the sheer day-to-day misery of a helpless civilian population living under the occupation of a brutal enemy intent upon destroying and demoralizing their victims.
The book was so engrossing and the characters so wonderfully drawn that it caused me to break a promise to myself: a promise to never again read another book about the holocaust. And of course, while a book about the Nazi occupation could not avoid bringing the holocaust into play, there's much, much more to this book than that. It's also about family, about sacrifice, about love and about redemption.
Very highly recommended.

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central103
Jun 07, 2017

Best Ever - will always hold a special place. I will read it many more times.

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ready2read
Jun 06, 2017

"We have to try and save him or we are as bad as they are," she said. And there it was.
Page 480, Large print edition,

One line can say so much.

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mamamia44
May 30, 2017

a truly beautiful book. I didn't want it to end. This book reminded me of why I love to read so much. It transports you to a different place and time, where you are immersed in a world that is at once heartbreaking and inspirational. I miss these characters already.

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JonMoss
May 26, 2017

June 2017 selection for the Between the Lines Book Discussion Group

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cameralover53
May 25, 2017

Historical novel, setting France just before WWII begins. Not just another fluffy romance. The story explores the lives of 2 sisters, the choices each made, their individual yet different struggles during the war, their misconceptions about one another as teenage girls, how they eventually begin to really know one another and bond as mature adults, both realizing each has lived very differently through extremely troubling times. In the beginning, the reader is not sure who the narrator is and the mystery continues through the book. I was guessing which sister it could be. The sister who narrates is planning to go back to France from the USA to attend some type of reunion and her eldest adult son tries to dissuade her from going on the trip. I cried more than once and was emotionally moved, on edge through most of the book, couldn't wait to finish the story.
EXCELLENT STORY AND WRITING


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