The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 15,192 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


  • The Nightingale

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    This book! This book. It consumed me. It moved me. It taught me. It changed me. I grew. I learned. My God. All must read, then read it again.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By kaydeeNYC
    Read it in two days. Laughed & cried. Fell in love with the characters.
  • A Masterpiece

    By margie j.
    As an avid reader, I can honestly say that is one of the best books I’ve read. A poignant story, so beautifully told. Put it at the top of your want-to-read list.
  • Second Read of this beautiful book

    By NyseNY
    It’s even better the second time around. Tears of joy and sadness.
  • The Nightingale

    By amylee121
    This is only a sample???
  • Loved it. Could not put this one down.

    By cetkrhjf
    Beautiful description of life during the war.
  • Painfully overrated

    By devlinmgc
    I know this book is beloved, but I found it unreadable. Lines like “With all the risks they were taking, love was probably the most dangerous choice of all” are a feature, not a bug. I just really don’t get it.
  • Incredible story!

    By Tami Nantz
    I love history, and I love great writing…this book included both. Incredible story that makes me want to go research the forgotten heroes — loved every character in this book. Well done!
  • Amazing

    By Idltvuwnn
    One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.
  • Everyone should read this

    Great read. It should be on everyone’s reading list