The Nightingale

The Nightingale Summary

A #1New 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 Nightingaletells 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, #1New York Times bestselling author

" unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People

Book Reviews


Riveting5 star

I 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!55


Excellent read5 star

Excellent read!55


Beautiful5 star

This 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.55


A definite read5 star

This 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.55


My grandma went through this5 star

I 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 possible55


A moving piece of art by Hannah5 star

I’ve never in my life cried while reading a book and this one did it for me. This book is a page turner in the best kind of way. My first Hannah read and isn’t going to be my last. This woman paints a picture so clear you can actually get lost in the writing and see a movie in your head while reading. As an avid reader this is hard thing to do. This book should be on everyone’s list of things to read. Marvelous just marvelous.55


A must read5 star

This book was so beautifully written. I cannot wait to read more books by this author.55


10/105 star

Such a great book. Both informative & soul touching. It’s a long one but so worth it!55


Still crying5 star

This book moved me in ways only a uniquely beautiful story can. I’m so thankful for this novel.55


The Nightingale5 star

This was a very moving and engaging book. I had a hard time putting it down.55

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