The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 13,045 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

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  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By Cleggfam6
    This book was amazing!! I couldn’t put it down!! Such an emotional story.
  • Extraordinary

    By btowne
    Truly breathtaking til the very end.
  • Incredible

    By Andersson 🤔
    Captivating, satisfying read. Couldn’t put it down
  • A must read

    By LisHeredia
    Kristin Hannah is a wonderful story writer. The Nightingale is as beautiful and emotional as many of her other books.
  • Excellent novel

    By Diane Offutt
    The characters, the play, the writing are all excellent. It is a novel once you start reading you just cannot put down.
  • Emotionally intoxicated

    By Annethegran
    Wow I have not read a book like this I think ever! It was engrossing from the beginning. It literally brought me to tears in so many ways .. Excellent read. I learned so much about Women and their struggles. Loved it!
  • Strong Women and Love

    By jj's way
    The women in this story, if we can only match a portion of their strength and love to survive we will have won.
  • Still Thinking About This Powerful Story...Forever A Favorite

    By waybizee
    Beautiful story...magnificently drew me in! The ending was so victorious. You must read this book!
  • Beautifully real. You will cry.

    By mshankin
    Beautifully real. You will cry.
  • You Must Read This Book!

    By palhc
    A riveting story of utmost grief and hardship. The author vividly describes the horrors of that time while at the same time the love, commitment, humanity, and sacrifice of the people. A beautiful example of the depths of the human spirit. The characters are so real you grieve with them and shed tears at the horror they endured. Everyone should read this book lest history repeat itself.