The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 15,482 Ratings

Description

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

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Reviews

  • Can’t Stop Thinking About It

    5
    By Kwilson9822
    I finished this book in March ‘22. It’s January ‘23 and this book still pops in my head weekly. This is one of those books everyone should read.
  • A must read captivating story

    5
    By Butterfly120c
    This book and author will quickly become your favorite! There are many books that take place during this time period but none that I feel capture it as accurately as Hannah has done! This is one of those can’t put down books that you beg to have a movie made from it. The way the characters are brought to life is truly beautiful.
  • Phenomenal

    5
    By jaimiewaddell
    This is the best book I have ever read. Period. I’ll start off by saying I read a lot of thrillers. A lot. So this isn’t something I would have probably picked out on my own but thank you to my book club girls for choosing this one. And let’s just say I am now the proud owner of every novel by Kristin Hannah. And on another side note — Mind you I am not a cryer, I didn’t even cry at my own wedding—- which I am still madly in love with my darling husband —I digress. This book had me WAILING. I mean ugly sobbing making the saddest noises in bed -trying to catch my breath crying. Thank god I was home alone bc I was a spectacle. I never knew a novel could make me feel on this level. I was captured. By everything. By the writing style itself. By the characters. By the ups and downs and the tenacity shown through everyone trying to make a difference in such different ways. I love this book. Everything about it. Thank you Kristin.
  • Great book

    5
    By bobbiejjghc
    Very inspiring
  • One of her Best!

    5
    By Lads62
    May be one of her best. I have to admit I was ready for it to end. To say the characters had a tough life is putting it mildly. I do miss them though. Love Kristin Hannah’s complicated female hero’s. This book is a gem.
  • Beautifully written

    5
    By adip2017
    One of my favorite books I’ve picked up this year. Truly well researched and beautifully crafted. I will definitely read more from this author. Raw and captivating - definitely needed a few tissues.
  • Test

    5
    By infinitetalk
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  • Must read

    5
    By TwinMamaJT
    Epic tale of family in WWII. Enduring love after unbearable heartbreak. It’s a must. Kristen Hannah’s best.
  • The Nightingale

    5
    By kayjun520
    An amazing read!! I cried five times throughout this book and it took me a month to get over it
  • The Nightingale

    5
    By fdgggdwrgjijjncxdyj
    This book! This book. It consumed me. It moved me. It taught me. It changed me. I grew. I learned. My God. All must read, then read it again.