The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 6,721 Ratings


In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.  While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely.  But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII 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.


  • Couldn't put it down

    By Brobin7
    Such a wonderful read. Riveting and beautiful for a story of love and hardship from WWII. Can't wait to read more of Kristin Hannah's books
  • Best book I ever read. Love love love

    By santodomingoypuertorico
    From the first paragraph to the very last sentence, this book shook me from inside out. To say I love you at every chance we get to those close to us, but most important, to love our family no matter who they are. To be strong and courageous, b/c you never know what life brings ahead.
  • Gripping Story

    By Cimpleton
    The Nightingale is the most gripping book I have ever read. I literally could not out it down. Kristin Hannah's portrayal of two young French girls living through WW II is written beautifully with such vivid detail that it grabbed me from page one and would not let me go. I was angry and I cried more during this story than with any other I have ever read. I loved this book even though it was sometimes hard to read because of the horrendous happenings. Thank you Kristin Hannah for you tremendous writing.
  • Superb

    By Kailsahisami
    One of the best novels I've ever read!
  • The Nightengale

    By Gamebroad
    About Nazi occupied France. About ordinary women and men, who don't think they can but do, the impossible. About human courage in the face of human barbarism. Ultimately about survival and the victory of love. Could not put this book down.
  • The Nightengale

    By Midwest gal 101
    A great book. One of the best I have read in a very long time. A book that I will remember for a long time too.
  • Breathless

    By Olivia_AEIOU
    So I literally finished this book, and all I can say is wow. The adventure, the sorrow, the grit and determination the characters had to go through, and the awful things the Nazi's put them through. When you thought there was nothing left for them to lose, no more pain that could be felt, it got worse. Such a beautifully written book. I am a 25 year old female and my 56 year old father read this book, too. We had so much to discuss afterwards. Thank you for this treasure.
  • Nightingale

    By Jer1pol
    Incredibly well written, beautiful prose that elicits wonderful imagery in a movie in your minds eye. A story that represents the confrontation reality of thousands of people during WWII from so many perspectives. You engage intimately with specific characters and as this fiction reveals itself you know I they were real and there were thousands of them. Thoughtfully reveals a coming of age like no other for multiple generations.
  • Raw humanity at its finest

    By Jrw387
    Incredible story about the uncertainties of life and how quickly everything can change. Makes you realize how short and fragile life can be while at the same time understanding what can be overcome through a humans will to survive. Read this book!
  • Engaging and beautifully written

    By butter
    I'm not usually interested in historical fiction, let alone a WWII novel, but this book had me fully immersed. The characters were well constructed and their situations so vivid I cried at many moments. I especially liked how this book tells the story of women's lives during the war and the sacrifices and contributions they made. There are a couple of stories in here borrowed from real life, and I'm glad these women's stories got to be told for they are true heros of the war. My only complaint is the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly and tidily, but it was satisfying none the less.