The Nightingale

The Nightingale

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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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

    " unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press


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    May 22, 2019

    A book that I will never forget..the characters and their story stay with you. I have read other WW2 stories before but this author has such a way of making you really see and feel what the characters were going through. I had to stop reading a few times because I felt so emotional and sad. An engaging read for sure.

    May 21, 2019

    One of THE BEST books I've ever read!!! A true page turner. Gripping.

    Apr 06, 2019

    This is certainly one of my favorite novels regarding WW2. It was an excellent read and plot line was very interesting for both the characters. It would definitely be worth reading again.

    Mar 15, 2019

    Cathy Clark highly recs!

    I had high hopes of reading what so many deemed a fantastic story, what a let down. This was bad from the get go but I kept with it thinking it could only get better. It didn't. This is terribly written with very little to no character building and scenes that do not meld but instead become choppy losing the flow of this story. Many parts felt like the writer came home too tired to write but punched out a few paragraphs just to get anything on the page.🤷‍♀️

    Feb 20, 2019

    I read this amazing historical novel twice....not often does that happen. The indepth research by the author and contributions by Tatiana de Rosnay , also a favourite writer clearly defined the human suffering and sacrifices of those who gave us our freedom and hope for future mankind....A very profound , educational and heart rendering story.

    IndyPL_JarrodR Feb 02, 2019

    There are not enough superlatives to fully cature this work of fiction.

    Exceptional writing, heartbreaking story, and richly fleshed-out characters. This one is not for the faint of heart. Over the course of the story, you will be placed in the tumult of WWII but will see the events through the eyes of two exceptional human beings.

    The audio version of this book rises to the level of the storyline. The voice acting, including the accents and emotions of the characters, helps to make the story come alive.

    Voilà. The Nightingale. It is as good as they say.

    Jan 10, 2019

    This was a wonderful, well written book. The author draws you into the story, the characters and the scenery. I am usually not a fan of books written about war, but loved this one.

    Jan 07, 2019

    When 2018 was coming to a close I saw a few of my friends mentioning some of their favorite reads of the previous year. A couple of them mentioned the same author multiple times - Kristin Hannah. Folks were repeating the titles The Nightingale and The Great Alone, and luck was on my side because both titles were available at my library so I snagged them both. As per usual, I didn't know much about the book before I opened it, other than friends were raving about it, but that has never stopped me before. This novel revolved around two sisters during World War II and their stories of love, strength and bravery. I don't want to give anything away, but let me just say one word... WOW! I flew through this one (and at over 400 pages that isn't an easy feat) and had to do my fair share of reading through tears. I know this was "just" a novel, but it really struck me that there were so many people who actually lived through stories similar to the one in the book. I still have to shake my head at the atrocities that occurred and pray daily that we never let similar travesties repeat themselves. I would give it a 10 out of 10.

    mazinwhistler Jan 03, 2019

    A page turner...WW2 history intertwined into a fiction story about love, family and the sacrifices that come with war.

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    May 23, 2019

    “Ask for help when you need it, and give help when you can.”
    ― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

    May 23, 2019

    “I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.”
    ― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

    May 23, 2019

    “But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.”
    ― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

    Aug 07, 2018

    “It’s better to be bold than meek...If you jump off a cliff at least you’ll fly before you fall.” - Isabelle to Sophie

    Jun 25, 2018

    "They couldn't touch my heart. They couldn't change who i was inside. My body... they broke that in the first days, but not my heart, V. Whatever he did it, it was to your body, and your body will heal." - Isabelle

    ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

    Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

    ArapahoeChristine Apr 22, 2017

    She wouldn't have understood how dark a side of love could have, how hiding it was the kindest thing you could do sometimes.

    M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

    "If you're going through hell, keep going."-Winston Churchill

    M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

    "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."-Vianne

    M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

    "Some stories don't have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories."-Micheline

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    SPL_Brittany Dec 12, 2016

    “In love we find out who we want to be… in war we find out who we are”.

    France 1939, Vianne Mauriac lives in the French countryside village of Carriveau with her husband Antoine and their young daughter Sophie. When war breaks out, Antoine is called away to the front leaving Vianne and Sophie alone and vulnerable. When a German Nazi captain billets at their house, Vianne and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money, danger escalates all around them, and she is forced to make one impossible decision after another.

    Passionate, impulsive and rash, Isabelle is kicked out of yet another boarding school and flees to Paris to live with her father only to be told that she is to help Vianne in Carriveau. While Isabelle and Vianne struggle to mend their relationship, Isabelle struggles with desperately wanting to play a role in the French resistance yet knowing that in doing so puts Vianne and Sophie at risk. Throughout the war Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a war that changes their world in horrific ways, each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in Nazi occupied war-torn France.

    Kristin Hannah writes a sweeping and captivating tale of France during the Second World War shifting between the perspectives of Vianne and Isabelle. It is a novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, and focuses on the role women played during the war. It is a novel that tests the bonds of love, family and friendship. Hannah slowly weaves her magic and by the end of the novel your emotions will be engaged and you will be captivated by her storytelling. This is a novel that will stay with you for a long after you have read it.

    Jul 11, 2016

    The Nightingale portrays a realistic look at German occupied France during WWII. The novel focuses on two sisters who face enormous obstacles as they live their lives as French women. One must think first of her family, provide food and shelter for them, and attempt to protect them from the savage effects of war. The other thinks first of her country, seeks to fight in any way possible, including helping downed airmen to flee France to safety. Through it all, both women become stronger through their actions and in-actions and find an appreciation/love for one another that has been missing since their youth.


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    ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

    Sexual Content: Rape scene

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