The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 11,547 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


  • Not an immersive reading experience

    By Basch.
    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.
  • What a book!!! Wow!

    By ShradTi
    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.
  • Page turner

    By bohochicmpls
    This story will stay with you. A must read
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    By r. traer
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  • wOw!!!

    By chan ban wan
    This book really is a good one. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction with some sappiness mixed in.
  • Poignant

    By Beryl67
    Could not put down.
  • Such a raw, emotional story

    By Turtleneck girl
    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.
  • Magnificent

    By Lieutenant Cat M.
    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.
  • My favorite book

    By aai12
    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.
  • OMG!!!

    By Kbeyer7211
    Just when I thought I wasn’t going to tear up again, I did! Amazing story about amazing women! Thank you for writing this.