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Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Book Summary


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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Book Name The Nightingale
Genre Fiction & Literature
Language English
E-Book Size 5.14 MB

The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah) Book Reviews 2023

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The Nightingale. I am so happy to have read this story. I will remember.

Amazing. One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.

The Nightingale-Heroism. Loved it! One of the greatest books! Although fiction, I know so close to truth of real life during this time. We honestly have no idea what their struggles were like, living in one of the worst wars! Heartbreaking, but such an honor to read the stories of heroism.

Loved it. Could not put this one down.. Beautiful description of life during the war.

A Masterpiece. 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.

Good book. READ IT!. I found this book just scrolling through the best sellers list and picked it without knowing anything about it. Felt a bit intimidated by the length but I finished this book within one week. I even read while it was slow at work. 🤫 Don’t tell my boss! This book is historical fiction. But it was truly an inspiring, heartbreaking, jaw dropping good read.

A - F Scale: A. Easy Read. Thrilling. Intense. Captivating. Historical.

The Nightingale. An amazing read!! I cried five times throughout this book and it took me a month to get over it

Absolutely Beautiful. I never write book reviews, I should, but this book has inspired me. This completely beautiful, devastating tale was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I’m not typically a fan of war novels or time pieces but I read other reviews and off handedly chose it. What a gift! This will be marked in my top 5. If you’re questioning a new read, just download it. You won’t regret a single moment in reading this.

The Nightingale. This is only a sample???

Wow. Phenomenal in every way

Thank you. A view of WWII through the eyes of women. So much of it brought back memories of the stories my father told my siblings and me. He hated trudging through his time in the war, but was determined that the atrocities were never forgot. Thank you, Kristin, for making sure that, between the lines of a wonderful, touching story, the ugliness of war will not be forgotten.

Best Kristin Hannah book yet. Slow start for me. But worth it.

Great book. Very inspiring

Must read. Epic tale of family in WWII. Enduring love after unbearable heartbreak. It’s a must. Kristen Hannah’s best.

Beautiful. Fantastic. Moving. A perspective of the war untold & full of emotion. I could start again and still not want to put it down.

Brilliant. So heartbreakingingly good!

Incredible. 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.

Couldn’t put it down. Read it in two days. Laughed & cried. Fell in love with the characters.

Best Book I Have Ever Read. This book.. is breathtaking. A must read.

Can’t Stop Thinking About It. I finished this book in March ‘22. It’s January ‘23 and this book still pops in my head weekly. This is one of those books everyone should read.

Great until the end. The ending fell so flat; it felt rushed and contrived. It was a great book up until those last few pages when it seemed I was no longer reading the same novel. Super disappointed.

Painfully overrated. 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.

The Nightingale. 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.

Amazing!. An emotionally engaging story of endurance and survival.

Thought evoking. 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

The Nightingale. I am speechless. Simply the best book I have ever read, next to The Goldfinch.

Gripping. I resisted reading this book because it was about WWII and I didn’t want to read anything so serious. But my sister highly recommended it and so I dived in. Once I did, I could not let it go. It is really a story about the strength and courage of ordinary women. Breathtaking courage.

Captivating storytelling. Historical fiction isn’t normally something I teach for, but Hannah writes it so well. Great character development and storyline. This WWII novel follows two sisters in France when Germany invaded.

The Nightingale. I couldn’t put it down. Great book!

Second Read of this beautiful book. It’s even better the second time around. Tears of joy and sadness.

One of her Best!. May be one of her best. I have to admit I was ready for it to end. To say the characters had a tough life is putting it mildly. I do miss them though. Love Kristin Hannah’s complicated female hero’s. This book is a gem.

A must read captivating story. This book and author will quickly become your favorite! There are many books that take place during this time period but none that I feel capture it as accurately as Hannah has done! This is one of those can’t put down books that you beg to have a movie made from it. The way the characters are brought to life is truly beautiful.

Eye opening read about the strength of women during war. I will say, this is the best book I have ever read. It was beautifully written and a must read.

Loved this book. 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!!!

So good!. This book was so good and I’m so glad I decided to read it. It definitely made an impact on me!

Incredible story!. 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!

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

Excellent. 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

Transports you to WWII for women. The struggles that women faced and decisions that many women had to face, heartbreaking as they were.

Takes a bit to get into it. But well rounded, to what this horror filled time must have been like. 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.

Beautifully written. One of my favorite books I’ve picked up this year. Truly well researched and beautifully crafted. I will definitely read more from this author. Raw and captivating - definitely needed a few tissues.

Book review. A beautiful sweeping novel of love and loss. France is seen through my eyes anew. Family is what you make it. Make each day count!

Page Turner. Couldn’t put this book down and cried like a baby at the end

Loved!!. Beautifully written! One of my all time favorites!

Phenomenal. This is the best book I have ever read. Period. I’ll start off by saying I read a lot of thrillers. A lot. So this isn’t something I would have probably picked out on my own but thank you to my book club girls for choosing this one. And let’s just say I am now the proud owner of every novel by Kristin Hannah. And on another side note — Mind you I am not a cryer, I didn’t even cry at my own wedding—- which I am still madly in love with my darling husband —I digress. This book had me WAILING. I mean ugly sobbing making the saddest noises in bed -trying to catch my breath crying. Thank god I was home alone bc I was a spectacle. I never knew a novel could make me feel on this level. I was captured. By everything. By the writing style itself. By the characters. By the ups and downs and the tenacity shown through everyone trying to make a difference in such different ways. I love this book. Everything about it. Thank you Kristin.

Couldn’t put it down. I read this in 2 days-I couldn’t stop! So good.

Incredible. Nuff said.

Incredible. The weaving together of characters with history creats a spellbinding story. Almost too real.

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Riveting!. I’ve never embraced history, but reading this has given me a first hand look at the persecution of Jews and other minorities during WWII. The infusion of facts among the personal stories of the characters makes for an interesting and informative read. A great combination!

The Nightingale. Fabulous read! I couldn't put it down :-)

The Nightengale. A question. Isabel was selfish and defiant as are many teenagers, but what was so powerful a catalyst that she would become involved in the dangerous underground? To impress a lover does not seem enough.

Incredible. Best book I have read for as long as I can recall. Touched me on so many levels. Page turner. Love. Suspense. It’s got it all.

A must read!. I could not put this book down!

The best book I've read in years. I keep looking for another book as good as this one. An exciting, amazing story. I think it changed me. I am a very critical reader too. I love books that bring significant historical periods to life with depth to their characters and respect for the time and culture in which the stories unfold. I doubt the author will ever be able to top this one. I have bought this book for others too who have told me they loved it.

The Nightingale. I lay here having finished the book and I am in tears. I have always read these kinds of books but this book has opened my eyes so much more to what all the people of the war suffered. Those who left to fight, those left behind to raise families alone and lives lost at the camps. This story made it feel so real. Their pain, their love, their need to fight for survival at all costs. What a beautiful story.

Great story. I must say this book is excellent the story is thrilling and full Of feelings. The writer does an awesome job, i could not put it down. It brought tears to my eyes. AMAZING

The Nightinggale. Great read! The kind of story that has you dreaming about it and wraps you up in the lives of it's characters. The tears flowed as I came to the end of a heart wrenchingly beautiful tale of courage, and love.

The Nightingale. One of the best books I have read! Felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading as it was very well written. Absolutely loved it!

Not worth it. A potentially good story ruined by soap-opera-style writing, bad editing and poor research. Do not recommend.

The Nightingale. One of the best books I have ever read!

The Nightingale. One of the most graphic and emotional stories of life during the Nazi occupation I have read. The description of the atrocities and hardships faced by the French as represented by sisters Vianne and Isabelle often brought tears to my eyes. A magnificent example of writing.

Amazing story. The story kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters came to life and you can feel their emotions as you read. Very well written.

Nightingale. An addictive read

The Nightingale. A real page turner. Although historically accurate, it is a very emotional and heart wrenching read. It makes you think of what is important in life; not material things, but love in its many forms and how valuable it is to tell those you cherish just how much you do love them. It's a story of survival and how the human psyche can keep us going despite unbearable cruelty and immense tragedy. Well written and certainly worth the read.

Loved it. Beautiful written, I could not put it down

The Nightingale. LOVED this book....

Powerful and unrelenting story of war, love, loss. War is ugly. It breaks people. It destroys. This is a story of two sisters who survive, save lives, and finally, find their way back to each other.

Nightingale. This book was amazing, heart wrenching story, words won't do it justice, a must read!

Wicked book!!. Couldn't put this book down. The details are so vivid it's like you're there.

Astounding. Absolutely one of the best books I have read in years.

Excellent book. I love this book so much!! One of the best I've read. I loved 'Sarah's Key' & this was better!! I highly recommend this book.

The tears! The TEARS!. I quickly became spellbound by this book, and when my husband walked in on me with an ocean gushing from my eyes, I told him it was the best book I had ever read. And I stand by it.

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The The Nightingale book written by Kristin Hannah was published on 03 February 2015, Tuesday in the Fiction & Literature category. A total of 16,466 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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