The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 14,569 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


  • Incredible

    By sugahhglow
    I wish I could describe the deep sorrow I could feel with every turned page. I could see myself there with the people in this story thanks to the incredible amount of detail, right down to the scent of the air. Such a wonderful book. But have your tissues ready.
  • Best Kristin Hannah book yet

    By Thoover79
    Slow start for me. But worth it.
  • A - F Scale: A

    By alyssakroll
    Easy Read. Thrilling. Intense. Captivating. Historical.
  • Incredible

    By 1966 hNS
    The weaving together of characters with history creats a spellbinding story. Almost too real.
  • Loved this book

    By Phyllis Gaspar
    Couldn’t put this book down, and admit I shed a few tears at the end. So many true facts I was not aware of. I definitely recommend this read!!!
  • Takes a bit to get into it. But well rounded, to what this horror filled time must have been like

    By Littlemissally18
    I’m glad I read it. It’s definitely heartbreaking, but it would be fairly odd to read a book during WWII and it not be. Glimpsing into the sights, sounds, smells, pain, horror and so long that the mass of humans had to endure is astounding. The author did a great job, helping you get a picture of what it would have been like to fight for what’s right, behind the scenes and the risk that took. The characters were relatable and still so beyond what any of us could only pray we, each, had the courage to be. It’s odd that something so devastating can simultaneously been endearing and moving.
  • Incredible

    By peskymom
    Nuff said.
  • Excellent

    By widescreengranny
    A riveting read from start to finish.The terror of Living under the Third Reich in France,and the two brave women who gave unceasingly to those who so desperately needed it,facing death,torture degradation,yet never giving up
  • Thought evoking

    By brookehavensdob
    This book was difficult to read at times. It is tragic to hear stories of what people endured during these times and to think about how cruel it all was, what people are capable of. The love and hope and strength of the characters through it all is inspiring. I am holding my boys extra tight and appreciating life more since reading this
  • Outstanding!

    By crod0619
    What an emotional roller coaster of a book. Beautifully written.