The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 17,783 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


  • Just perfectly written

    By Pls913
    What a heartbreaking, yet beautiful story. Wow

    By Moses Belle
    This is a fabulous story. Great characters. Fabulous. Do read this NOVEL. EVE Freeport New York February1, 2024
  • Best book I’ve ever read

    By chloejones94
    This book truly changed my life. It is one of the most well crafted, historically accurate, layered books I’ve ever read. Read it and it will change your life too.
  • Rossignol

    By Opa Zeh
    Exciting, heartfelt, a masterpiece! Dr. Z
  • Tears

    By andrianab19
    So beautiful
  • The Nightingale

    By Artymusician
    This remains one of the best books I have ever read. The characters remain in my mind long after reading. It is truly remarkable how we can survive war and still be kind, compassionate people.
  • Loved!

    By Aawillis
    This was the most heart-wrenching and wonderful book. I am an avid reader and just got around to reading this book, despite hearing tons of wonderful reviews about it, beforehand. I would absolutely recommend for others to read it.
  • Inspiring

    By Chapaj35
    "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah is a fantastic novel in France during World War II. The story is about two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who have to go through a lot of difficult times during the war. The author writes in a way that makes you feel like you're right there with the characters, and you get to know them well. The book is full of love, sacrifice, and bravery, and it's a great example of how people can overcome challenging situations. If you like stories about history and how people can be strong, read "The Nightingale"!
  • I wasn’t going to cry…

    By Paleo Schnauzer
    Actually I had some weird dreams with characters appearing in them. This book was one that I thought about as I moved through my day, something that rarely happens. I did cry at the end. Readers who loved this book should read The Paris Apartment. A lot of common things but I can’t say without giving away too much.
  • The best book i have read in years

    By kim033123
    A must read. But be prepared to stay up way too late and cry way too much. Thank you to the author.