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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
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People
Beautifully written. The best book I have read in years.
This is the best book I have ever read and I’m so excited to see it being turned into a movie! I love reading stories that relate to history. I cried at least a couple times.
It is rare that I become emotional when reading a novel. At the end of this one, I wept. A story that moves its reader to tears is a good one, indeed.
Simply amazing read... I love this story so so much.
One of the best novels I’ve ever read. Simply amazing.
I just finished reading this story and I cannot stop thinking about it. From the beginning, I was completely drawn in by this story. The characters were so motivated as they showed what true courage, determination, and sacrifice looks like in the face of such destruction. From now on I will see war, love, and peace in a way I never have before. I will never forget this story.
Hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. It was beautifully written and captivating until the last sentence.
This was by far the best book I have ever read. From the story lines, the characters, the history, the sadness, the love, the heroism and bravery, everything. I will truly be touched by this book for a long time, if not, forever. I look forward to reading more of Hannah’s books. 10000/10
A heart-wrenching story portrayed beautifully by the author. It takes a most depraved era in history and shows it’s ugliness and beauty co-existing. Well worth investing the time to read; Kristin Hannah champions the human spirit in the face of great adversity. The Nightingale is a must read!
This book was a bit of a slow burn at first, and the characters seemed a little artificial. But the author clearly had a method to her madness, as by the time I got just a bit further in—not the book—the STORY—everyone and everything began to come to life and with such force I was rivetted. I could not put the story down or ever forget these luminous, very real people or their horrendous experience of WW2 France. Most of all, they proved what we want and need in our lives. That love must triumph over hate for our civilization to not only survive, but thrive. This is a compellingly inspired story, and I believe one of the most important ones to read for everyone.
I am 66 years old and have been an avid reader since I was a girl. I’m pretty sure this is the best book I’ve ever read!
This was such a great book
Loved this, I don’t normally say this about books because they can get ruined. I really would love to see this on the big screen.
Such a good book. A beautiful story about love mid war time.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I’ve told everyone I can tell about it. It is a must read!
I finished this book over a month ago and the characters are still living in my head. I think about it often. It’s a heartbreaking story that opened my eyes to so many of the hardships endured during that dark time. Even through the sadness I couldn’t stop reading, I needed to know what happened. The writing is excellent. This book will make you feel deeply. If you can handle a heavy read, I highly recommend this one.
Loved this book. I could not stop reading it, such a fantastic story of two sisters and the different experiences of how they endured during the war. Truly amazing to read the suffering people lived through during that time period.
Beautiful story of heroism. Highly recommend!!!
This was such a good book. It is appalling to read of the atrocities that was endured, but so important to learn.
Not a fan of the prose or storytelling technique(s). The premise is interesting enough, but I found myself reluctantly trudging through each page to reach the ending.
This book is an amazing read and what a page turner.!!! I finished reading it in less than a week. I cried couple times while reading it as well.. I would highly recommend it for someone looking to read a heartfelt transforming book.
This story will stay with you. A must read
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This book really is a good one. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction with some sappiness mixed in.
Could not put down.
When I first picked this book up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first few pages didn’t quite grab my attention, so my hopes for it weren’t high. But was I wrong!! This book has every emotion and demonstrates the resilience women have. I can’t recommend this book enough. Please give it a shot, and you will not be disappointed. I cried for the last hour or more while I finished the book. Inspirational to say the least.
I read a lot of historical fiction from this era, and consider myself to have discerning taste for the genre. This was simply magnificent. I cried a few times, and books don’t usually make me cry. There are some moments in this book that are so completely and uniquely human and that both break your heart and pull it back together. The characters are among some of the most complex I’ve read. I just can’t say enough good things about this beautiful book.
This was the most incredible, well-written story. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. Those that have taken my recommendation always end up gushing over the book as well.
Just when I thought I wasn’t going to tear up again, I did! Amazing story about amazing women! Thank you for writing this.
Amazing! A must read!
Amazing story of two powerful women in terrible times. The character development, writing and everything about this book is everythinggggg. Highly recommend! As a person who hated history in school, I learned so much about history as I read this book.
What a breathtaking representation of the French occupation and two wonderfully complex sisters doing their best to get through one of the darkest parts of the worlds history. What a remarkable story, I can’t recommend it enough.
Hannah really delivers with The Nightingale - thoughtful, provocative, suspenseful, heart-warming, courageous. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you, Kristin for doing your research and making this such an enveloping and educational read. I have a whole new respect for women during WWII thanks to your book.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Slow start but a few chapters in and I could not put it down!
Hannah keeps you riveted on what may happen next and delivers a truly genuine accounting of the way life was for those unfortunate French citizens caught in the occupation. One of my favorite books of the year. Well done!
OMG, COULD NOT OUT THIS BOOK DOWN. SO TRUTHFUL AND REALISTIC. A MUST READ !!!!! KRISTIN HANNAH IS THE ROLLS ROYCE OF STORY TELLING. TRY WINTER GARDEN IF YOU LOVED THIS, YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY AGAIN.
I read this incredibly special book 3 years ago and I still think of it often. Wonderful story telling, so satisfying to discuss with other readers. If you liked “All The Light We Cannot See” you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
This book was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t put it down. I am not an avid reader and I read it in 3 days. It was truly mesmerizing, drew you in and I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend.
I haven’t loved a book this much in a long time. I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend!
One of the best books I ever read. Actually read it cover to cover in the bookstore! Could not put it down.