The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 10,610 Ratings

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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


  • My favorite book of all times

    By Kiki088
    A masterpiece!
  • Amazing Book!

    By Jayline87
    I would recommend this book to anyone, I loved it. It’s a powerful book that is wonderfully written. Beautiful characters, I loved the relationships between them, some that were established and some that changed and grew over the story. And I loved the glimpse into the present day, which was sadly not the outcome I expected. I’ve read a lot of WWII fiction, this is one of my favorites. It’s hard to imagine what people went through and what you would have done had you been in their situation. I would like to this I would follow the example set by Isabelle or Vianne.
  • Wow

    By grl hayyy
    I don’t know what it was about it, but i could not put this book down. It was a roller coaster, filled with moments of happiness, mystery, panic, and immense pain. It left me in shock. Everyone should read this
  • The Nightingale

    By Sherri Rose
    Truly remarkable and heart wrenching story. The tears flowed and my heart was so broken for these brave women. You will feel as if you know them and you want so badly to help them as they fight for love, freedom and survival. An amazing accomplishment. Sherri
  • Amazing!

    By Teebeesee90
    Absolutely amazing
  • Outstanding book!!!

    By lauries85
    Wonderful read!!!
  • Historical soap opera?

    By Cahello
    I’m not a book snob by any means, but this was more similar to a soap opera than a good historical fiction, which I thought I was getting into. It’s entertaining to some degree, but some of the details don’t line up with the era the book took place in and it has a lot of cliches.
  • Amzazing

    By Fix The Update Button
    This story took its time to unravel and by the middle I couldn’t put it down. As a Jewish woman and a human being, I look at the world wondering what is to become of us all. Most of us have not lived through wartime and after reading this vivid story, I hope we never do. This story reinvigorated my faith in my own courage and everyone else’s.
  • Anazing!!!!

    By Sandman505
    One of the best books I have ever read. Towards the end I could not put the book down. This book will stay with you, move you, and possibly make you cry. Whenever I think I have it rough all I have to do is think of the The Nightingale and life is not that bad.
  • The Nightingale

    By TiffaniHull
    Slow start but a few chapters in and I could not put it down!