The Nightingale

The Nightingale

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In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth; While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely; But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312577223
Branch Call Number: FIC HANNA
Characteristics: 440 p.


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Mar 16, 2018

I recently read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and I absolutely loved it so I was excited to read The Nightingale. Kristin Hannah has such a beautiful writing style but I must admit there was a slow build up in this story. Once it picked up, I didn't want to put it down. It is always so hard to read about the events that took place during WWII and, though this is fictional, it draws on true events from that dark period. Kristin Hannah introduces us to 2 strong admirable women who, in different ways, endured terrible hardships during the war but were heroic in their efforts. It was an emotional read and I am still thinking about the story. It is definitely an impressionable book. It is one that will stay with me for a long time and is worth reading!

Mar 13, 2018

Fabulous Read. This book keeps you interested all the way through. The ending ties up all of the loose ends and the questions you have in your mind. Great writing. I will be looking for my next book by the same author.

AL_LAURA Feb 07, 2018

Moving look at two sisters in France during WW II and what they're willing to do to survive the war.

Dec 16, 2017

The Nightingale is the best book I have ever read about WWII. I could not put it down and kept reading it, I did not want it to end. Every character (who was not Nazi expect for Beck) in this book touched my heart in a way that no other book ever did especially Isabelle.

Thank you Christin for writing the Nightingale.

Jcheng1234 Dec 16, 2017

A very well written page turner on how two sisters of clashing personalities survived WWII in the Nazi occupied France. It was full of suspense and horror of the cruelty of war and Holocaust. One sister joined the Resistance to lead the downed Allied airmen to safety; the other saved the Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. The French women’s sacrifice for their family and loved ones; their fighting for the liberation of the country behind the enemy lines was so brave. I loved this book.

Nov 25, 2017

I gave up on this one. It trivialized and romanticized the dangers of the War. Not my cup of tea. Guess this author isn't for me.

Nov 06, 2017

This was a great story of two sisters and their journeys during the war, both contributing in their own ways. I highly recommend this book. It was written very well and was hard to put down.

Oct 17, 2017

I can't even remember the last time a book had me in tears at the end!

vpazreads Oct 16, 2017

Grab a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this riveting story about two sisters forced to face the hardships of Nazi-occupied France, discovering inner strength and learning what "family" truly means.

Oct 11, 2017

The book was well written and kept me turning the page. However I am very unhappy that there is an explicit rape described in the book. That is not okay to have in a book and makes for a disturbing read. Mentioning that she got raped is one thing, describing it is another. I think its very harmful and degrading to woman and the less rape crammed into our "entertainment" the better.

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

AL_CHRISTINE Apr 22, 2017

She wouldn't have understood how dark a side of love could have, how hiding it was the kindest thing you could do sometimes.

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"If you're going through hell, keep going."-Winston Churchill

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are."-Vianne

M_ALCOTT Feb 20, 2015

"Some stories don't have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories."-Micheline

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

AL_CHRISTINE thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

Aug 31, 2015

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SPL_Brittany Dec 12, 2016

“In love we find out who we want to be… in war we find out who we are”.

France 1939, Vianne Mauriac lives in the French countryside village of Carriveau with her husband Antoine and their young daughter Sophie. When war breaks out, Antoine is called away to the front leaving Vianne and Sophie alone and vulnerable. When a German Nazi captain billets at their house, Vianne and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money, danger escalates all around them, and she is forced to make one impossible decision after another.

Passionate, impulsive and rash, Isabelle is kicked out of yet another boarding school and flees to Paris to live with her father only to be told that she is to help Vianne in Carriveau. While Isabelle and Vianne struggle to mend their relationship, Isabelle struggles with desperately wanting to play a role in the French resistance yet knowing that in doing so puts Vianne and Sophie at risk. Throughout the war Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a war that changes their world in horrific ways, each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in Nazi occupied war-torn France.

Kristin Hannah writes a sweeping and captivating tale of France during the Second World War shifting between the perspectives of Vianne and Isabelle. It is a novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, and focuses on the role women played during the war. It is a novel that tests the bonds of love, family and friendship. Hannah slowly weaves her magic and by the end of the novel your emotions will be engaged and you will be captivated by her storytelling. This is a novel that will stay with you for a long after you have read it.

Jul 11, 2016

The Nightingale portrays a realistic look at German occupied France during WWII. The novel focuses on two sisters who face enormous obstacles as they live their lives as French women. One must think first of her family, provide food and shelter for them, and attempt to protect them from the savage effects of war. The other thinks first of her country, seeks to fight in any way possible, including helping downed airmen to flee France to safety. Through it all, both women become stronger through their actions and in-actions and find an appreciation/love for one another that has been missing since their youth.


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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape scene

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