The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 9,016 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




    By libbs15
    Absolutely amazing. One of my all time favorite books.
  • Riveting

    By AZ_Paige
    This book was amazing! Beautiful imagery and so difficult to put down. Highly recommend.
  • Amazing

    By CassidyMoneyhun
    I was looking for a new book to read and this was suggested to me. I read the last 15 chapters in one day. It was so hard to put down. It is such an amazing, well written book. I would recommend this to anyone!
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  • The Nightingale

    By rdattola
    As I read this book, I kept thinking what a great movie this would be! So happy to hear it will be😊🎉
  • Nightingale

    By ahagey
    Ok, first off ‘woah’. 🤭🤭 This book is absolutely riveting. The author illustrates the series of events into a web of cunning, passion, fear, and the sheer perseverance of the characters in the book. Just a quick note, it takes about 100 or so pages to really get you hooked. So give it some time, and pretty soon you will be unable to put it down! 😅 I loved this book and highly recommend it to EVERYONE. Even if historical books aren’t your forte, this is still an amazing, amazing story! And one more thing to note; get your tissues out, because you are going to cry!!
  • The best book that I have ever read!

    By Mrs. MS 2018
    I really don’t know what to say. It is absolutely amazing. I cried during the last few chapters- a cry like no other.... I feel so bad for the families who went through that HELL.... This is a MUST read ...Ok, I’ll go now- I’m about to read it again! ❤️
  • A page turner!

    By MJW6506
    Despite having been pummeled by bombs and seeing limbs blown off her fellow French neighbors, Isabelle is nevertheless defiant in the face of the Nazis. It doesn’t seem plausible that someone would so openly defy the Nazi’s authority, who at that point in the book had made clear their violent tendencies. I found her character highly irritating, in that she would put so many lives at risk, including her own, just to scowl at a Nazi. It frayed my nerves and annoyed me no end and just did not seem very plausible for a story. I was relieved when she finally left her family alone, and certainly much less annoyed with her antics, heroic though they may be. HOWEVER, it was a page-turner of a book and I found myself longing to get back to it every time I had to put it down to pay attention to real life. So while it may have started off as a bit of a hokey story, the weight of it slowly took on more and more gravity and I was absolutely hooked! Go Nightingale! I was in tears by the end. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I am definitely picking up her next one. Well done!
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    By RC Garcia
    #1 New York Times best selling Author.
  • Best Book I’ve Ever Read!!!

    By iLLWiLL50
    My heart couldn’t take it but I couldn’t put it down. Long after I was finished I couldn’t stop thinking about this story. This book made it difficult to move on to my next read.