The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 7,965 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



  • Beautiful story

    By Susie's Daycare
    I looked forward to my quiet time to engulf myself in this amazing beautiful story. 829 pages I read in 3 days! This is a book that will forever stay in my memory.
  • Thrilling

    By Mariacwalton
    I had a hard time putting this book down! I took every spare second to read it. The Nightingale was absolutely thrilling, pulled at my heart strings & had me searching for a sequel. Kristin did a FANTASTIC job with this one!
  • Beautiful

    By sadlyit
    Had tears streaming down my cheeks when I finished. Thank you
  • My New Favorite Book

    By meldosreis7
    This is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. There are so many twists and turns, and I can honestly say that I know so much more and have so much more respect for those involved in WWII than I did before. This is a great read for anyone looking to learn, through a capturing and tumultuous story, about courage, friendship, and dignity.
  • The Nightingale

    By Fu346735356
    Well written!,,

    By conroy87
    My favorite book...Ii cried the last 50 pages.
  • A MUST!

    By Creele
    This book is by far one of the best books I have ever read! I could not put the book down! I stayed up until three in the morning reading at times. I have yet to find a book that reels me in and keeps me captivated the way The Nightingale did. I cannot wait to read it again!
  • FANTASTIC!!!!!

    By MygiftsA&L
    This book is terrific! Even if you don’t typically like books about the war or set during war time, this book is still a definite read! I will miss these characters for sure! Thank you again Kristin Hannah, for a great read!
  • My Favorite!

    By CWILSON28
    One of my all-time favorites! I recommend it to all my friends! This book really captures your attention and keeps you emotionally hooked throughout!
  • Speechless

    By Kristin
    This is hands down my favorite book I’ve ever read. I was 100% invested in the charters’ lives from page one. To say that I couldn’t put it down is an understatement. Long after I finished the book I still find myself wondering what these people I’ve grown to love are doing, as though they actually exist out in the world somewhere.