The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 13,688 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


  • A must read

    By Kikilee1234
    This book was so beautifully written. I cannot wait to read more books by this author.
  • 10/10

    By kayleeplatt
    Such a great book. Both informative & soul touching. It’s a long one but so worth it!
  • Still crying

    By Sunshineawaits
    This book moved me in ways only a uniquely beautiful story can. I’m so thankful for this novel.
  • The Nightingale

    By Krisknitting
    This was a very moving and engaging book. I had a hard time putting it down.
  • Amazing

    By natsliegriffin77
    Such a beautiful and sad story!
  • Wow

    By crazy is what crazy does
    Beautifully written. I just finished and cannot put into words how much I loved this book.
  • Truly Moving

    By best friend of chuch
    At 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.
  • Can’t even find the words

    By HannahOpron
    to 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
  • Edge of my sit…

    By PanaZucar
    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.
  • Wow

    By emilijaauguste