The NightingaleKristin Hannah

The Nightingale

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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

The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah) Book Reviews

Could not put this down!I have never read one of Kristin Hannah‘s books, but a friend recommended this to me. It consumed me from the very beginning and I could not put it down. The heartbreak that these characters endured and what the French went through in WWll was so evident throughout this book. I don’t recall ever crying while reading a book but I did in this one. I would recommend this to everyone, and I look forward to reading more of her books. I hope they are as good this one!.Score: 5/5

Loved this bookCouldn’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!!!.Score: 5/5

RivetingThoughtful, heart wrenching, and soulful. This book was impossible to put down. Must read!.Score: 5/5

A Beautiful Book of HistoryThis book changed and saddened me. It was so beautifully written I almost felt like I was there. It’s a must read!.Score: 5/5

WowBeautifully written. I just finished and cannot put into words how much I loved this book..Score: 5/5

Excellent read!The most awesome historical fiction book I’ve read. Does Hitler know what havoc he wreaked on so many people in every way possible and even those not possible? I cried through the entire book, but appreciated what it taught me..Score: 5/5

Heartbreaking story everyone should read.Beautifully written and a wonderful story..Score: 5/5

Best book I’ve ever read.Heartbreaking & heartwarming all at once. This is truly the best book I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I read so quickly but in the end didn’t want to finish it..Score: 5/5

A definite readThis book is so good. It is filled with love, tragedy, family and what you would do for the ones you love. Be ready for it to draw you in and you will not want to put it down..Score: 5/5

Must readWonderful.Score: 5/5

A Heroic tale told in a beautiful and intimate way.Excellent story telling.. a heart wrenching tale about the bravery of ordinary women who do extraordinary things. A Heroic tale told in a beautiful and intimate way..Score: 5/5

Brilliantly writtenI never knew how deeply the nazis impacted non-Jews in France. I learned something new about history through this book. The strong female characters were quite inspiring. It was also a great reminder of how hard life really could be. We think 2020 and 2021 were hard, but it pales in comparison of what others have suffered through. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Takes a bit to get into it. But well rounded, to what this horror filled time must have been likeI’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..Score: 5/5

Excellent!!!A page turner that just cannot be put down!.Score: 5/5

A must readThis book was so beautifully written. I cannot wait to read more books by this author..Score: 5/5

Truly MovingAt the start it is slightly confusing, but you catch on very quickly to the characters and the plot. You will want to finish this. I read the last half over a school day and almost cried in class. Feeling nothing but gratitude..Score: 5/5

A - F Scale: AEasy Read. Thrilling. Intense. Captivating. Historical..Score: 5/5

Outstanding!What an emotional roller coaster of a book. Beautifully written..Score: 5/5

Thought evokingThis 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.Score: 5/5

Best Kristin Hannah book yetSlow start for me. But worth it..Score: 5/5

The NightingaleAmazing writing with a surprising ending. I couldn’t put the book down. The words were so vividly written I could feel the emotions of the characters portrayed in the story. A part of history we should never forget!.Score: 5/5

IncredibleI 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..Score: 5/5

If you have a sister, must readOverall, I loved this book. I pictured my and my sister’s relationship throughout the whole thing and it left me in tears at the end; streaming down the face tears. Like some mentioned, the characters did get annoying and you wanted them to grow up no have necessary conversations earlier, but it only added to the emphatic ended..Score: 5/5

WowSuch a captivating read… difficult to put down at times! This book had me at every word wanting to know more about the story. Couldn’t love it more. So sad it’s over..Score: 5/5

HeavyHow the author was able to capture such real life horror and captivate so many emotions of an experience she never had amazes me..Score: 5/5

Glad I read itThe more I read, the less I wanted to put it down. Very satisfied with this read..Score: 5/5

AmazingOne of my most favorite books! I could not put it down!.Score: 5/5

I just can’tI am thinking that those who wrote positive reviews of this book must also be Nicholas Sparks fans. Characters are shallow. Story is predictable, like a Hallmark movie. I am writing this not to be mean, but just to prevent other serious readers from wasting the money as I did..Score: 1/5

IncredibleNuff said..Score: 5/5

Beauty in a time of nightmaresThis book brought to life a war that I’d read about in history books. Neighbors and friends ripped from their homes and individuals dangerously risking their lives to save the ones they could save. I cried multiple times at the unfair toil of war and the unbreakable bond of sisters and friends and lovers..Score: 5/5

Edge of my sit…This book made me cry, laugh, and stir emotions I didn’t know I had! One of the best historical fiction books I have ever read..Score: 5/5

WowPhenomenal in every way.Score: 5/5

Amazing bookThe nightingale has to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I could not put it down. Incredibly well written! Do yourself a favor and read this book. I recommend preparing your tissue box as well!.Score: 5/5

My grandma went through thisI was raised by my grandparents. My grandma lived this life. She lived in France during WWII and had 2 of her brothers sent to camps, only one came home after the war ended. She was 9 when the war started and 15 when it ended. 3 of her schoolmates died from stepping on mines when the Germans retreated. The stories she told me just didn’t make me realize what it was really like for her until I listened to this book. This booked really helped me see what she went through. She often used words in this book, but I did not fully understand the weight of those words, or the weight of what she went through, until we listened to this book together. She is 91 and blind now, and so she can only listen to audio books , so we listened to it at the same time. It changed my whole perspective on who she is and what she went through before coming to the U.S. with my mom when my mom was 5 years old and after the war ended. Thank you Kristin Hannah for the greatest gift I have ever even given - the gift of time with my grandma and bonding with her on a deeper level I never realized even possible.Score: 5/5

WowWow.Score: 5/5

AmazingSuch a beautiful and sad story!.Score: 5/5

Can’t even find the wordsTo describe just how unbelievably amazing this book is. This genre is not usually one I would pick but this story unlocked something in me that I will truthfully never forget. I feel sad and distraught but also so happy and fulfilled by the love in this story that I don’t know how to process it all just yet so I am still sobbing/smiling 10 minutes after finishing it. I could read this book 100 more times and I will without a doubt (once I feel more emotionally stable😅). AMAZING.Score: 5/5

RivetingI was captured from the beginning of this book. Very very interesting. I’m for sure going to be reading another book by the author. If you like Historical fiction- or reading about the world wars, Read this!.Score: 5/5

This book had a chokehold grip on my lifeCould not put this book down. Kristin Hannah has easily become one of my top 3 authors..Score: 5/5

ExcellentA 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.Score: 5/5

The NightingaleThis was a very moving and engaging book. I had a hard time putting it down..Score: 5/5

IncredibleThe weaving together of characters with history creats a spellbinding story. Almost too real..Score: 5/5

10/10Such a great book. Both informative & soul touching. It’s a long one but so worth it!.Score: 5/5

LovelyA beautiful tale of love and loss..Score: 5/5

Excellent readExcellent read!.Score: 5/5

Wow! Truly one of the best written stories.The characters came to life in a way I could picture them. The drama of the war was something I never realized. I loved this book and will recommend to many..Score: 5/5

Still cryingThis book moved me in ways only a uniquely beautiful story can. I’m so thankful for this novel..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it downBeautifully written and intensely personal, this story is a gift. It brought me back to my father’s Jewish family and what they might have endured before they immigrated to America in the early 1920’s. Thank you..Score: 5/5

No words, just emotions.😌😩😓🌈🌤 ❤️‍🔥…….Score: 5/5

BeautifulThis book will stay with me for a while. It showed the strength of a people during a horrible time. It showed the strength of women. It showed the strength of family. It showed the strength of love..Score: 5/5

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The NightengaleA 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..Score: 5/5

IncredibleBest 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..Score: 5/5

Not worth itA potentially good story ruined by soap-opera-style writing, bad editing and poor research. Do not recommend..Score: 2/5

The NightingaleOne 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..Score: 5/5

NightingaleThis book was amazing, heart wrenching story, words won't do it justice, a must read!.Score: 5/5

NightingaleAn addictive read.Score: 5/5

Amazing storyThe 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..Score: 5/5

Excellent bookI 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..Score: 5/5

The best book I've read in yearsI 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..Score: 5/5

Great storyI 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.Score: 5/5

The NightingaleA 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..Score: 5/5

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..Score: 5/5

Wicked book!!Couldn't put this book down. The details are so vivid it's like you're there..Score: 5/5

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!.Score: 5/5

The NightinggaleGreat 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..Score: 5/5

The NightingaleOne of the best books I have ever read!.Score: 5/5

The NightingaleFabulous read! I couldn't put it down :-).Score: 5/5

Loved itBeautiful written, I could not put it down.Score: 5/5

AstoundingAbsolutely one of the best books I have read in years..Score: 5/5

The NightingaleLOVED this book.....Score: 5/5

The NightingaleI 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..Score: 5/5

The NightingaleOne 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!.Score: 5/5

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