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The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 16,771 Ratings



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


  • A must read!

    By gratefulgrandmother
    My favorite book. Captivating.
  • Amazing!!!!

    By MsRivers1
    This book is one of the best I’ve ever read. Her descriptions were articulate, and they took you into the picture she was creating as if you were there. Its sad but poignant tale is one I will love forever, tears and all.
  • 🩵🩵🩵

    By amandax345
    Such a great book! Can’t wait for the movie!!!
  • My favorite book so far

    By Pauss84
    Loved this book from the beginning to the end. I couldn’t stop reading. A heartbreaking story.
  • JimGloTom

    By JimGloTom
    Wow, I don’t know this kind of suffering. Amazing book! Captured me from beginning to end!
  • i have no words

    By Anonymous11262033
    this book has a broken heartbeat… shows the resilience women can have. human life is fragile. love is the most beautiful and precious thing we can have and give. appreciate the ordinary. sisters were so different at the beginning, but the war showed that they weren’t a different at all by the end of the novel they seem to switch a bit in the personalities and characteristics at the beginning of the novel didn’t look like Vivian would survive, due to her, lack of mobility and confidence, but she surpassed that. The dynamic of her sisters, and how they each suffer through the war was beautiful put an emphasis on familial relationships.
  • Book review

    By Seltosgirl58
    A beautiful sweeping novel of love and loss. France is seen through my eyes anew. Family is what you make it. Make each day count!
  • Beautiful

    By cozycovebookworm
    Fantastic. Moving. A perspective of the war untold & full of emotion. I could start again and still not want to put it down.
  • Good book. READ IT!

    By Nena1997
    I found this book just scrolling through the best sellers list and picked it without knowing anything about it. Felt a bit intimidated by the length but I finished this book within one week. I even read while it was slow at work. 🤫 Don’t tell my boss! This book is historical fiction. But it was truly an inspiring, heartbreaking, jaw dropping good read.
  • Captivating storytelling

    By papnts007
    Historical fiction isn’t normally something I teach for, but Hannah writes it so well. Great character development and storyline. This WWII novel follows two sisters in France when Germany invaded.