The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested. W...

Details The Nightingale

TitleThe Nightingale
Release DateFeb 3rd, 2015
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Number of pages440 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Historical, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Nightingale

  • Lori
    With tears still running down my cheeks I'm writing this review. I've started this review several times and I don't think I'll be able to adequately put into words the power in which this novel has moved me. Truely a remarkable story that I, literally, beg everyone who loves historical fiction to read. I will be gushing about this novel for some time to come.
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  • Emily May
    “Oh, for heaven’s sake, Isabelle. Paris is overrun. The Nazis control the city. What is an eighteen-year-old girl to do about all of that?” What, indeed.I really didn't know what to expect going into The Nightingale. Given the quote about love and war in the blurb, I kind of thought it might be an historical romance set during the Second World War - like the world really needs another The Bronze Horseman - but it turned out to be so much mo...
  • Violet wells
    It was the comparisons to All the Light We Cannot See that attracted me to The Nightingale. Though both novels are set during WW2 the similarities for me stopped there. All the Light is a magical novel electric with beautiful resounding prose and refined artistry; The Nightingale is a novel motored essentially by cliché and exaggeration. Clichéd writing isn’t just resorting continually to stock phrases (though Hannah does this a lot); it’s ...
  • Aestas Book Blog
    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 5 STARS!! ::: HOLY WOW!!! This book was absolutely epic! A sweeping, breathtaking journey that captivated me from the first page with the strength and beauty of the writing. Truly an unforgettable story!The Nightingale has a 4.8/5 rating average on Amazon (which is HUGE!!) and what that basically means is that practically everyone who is reading it is loving it. And I'm now adding my own 5 STAR rating to that list b...
  • Laura
    So many 4 & 5 star reviews here, but I'm afraid I just thought this WWII historical novel was okay. There are so many novels about this time period and I didn't think this one rose above the heap. The last one to do that for me was Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and this just can't even compare to that or to David Gillham's City of Women.There's some nice detail about the home front in France, which I have read less about than the English home f...
  • Mandy Crider
    I don't even know where to start this review. I am typing it through teary eyes, so I will keep it simple. (Insert tissues here)My pick for Vianne when this becomes a movie is Naomi Watts or Kate Winslet and for Isabella is Julianne Hough or Amanda Seyfried. Let's see if Hollywood takes my suggestion!This WW2 novel was so beautifully written. This war was a time of bitter hatred and in this story Kristin Hannah brings to life love, survival, bitt...
  • MomToKippy
    For me this was a fusion of sub-literary chick lit and WWII fiction in that it was too cliche and melodramatic much of the time. I thought the female perspective of occupied France and the tales of the resistance as well as the opposing sisters' perspectives were generally good ideas but the whole thing lacked in the execution.The tone of the book doesn't feel authentic to the time period and there are numerous unbelievable incidents and interact...
  • Natalie
    “My nightingale, I got you home.”This review contains *spoilers*.I honestly didn't expect to like The Nightingale as much as I did.The premise of the book intrigued me (I've been really into historical fiction lately). This story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, during World War II and their hardships trying to survive. My heart broke for each sister as I read their stories full of loss and pain. And I loved the shifting point-of-vie...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    1.5 stars. Oh, the IRONY. You might have never heard of it, but in 1981 French author Régine Deforges released a book called La bicyclette bleue, 1939-1942 (part of a trilogy), which related the story of two sisters** during WWII in France. Léa, the outspoken, rebel and reckless one, who joins the Resistance after fleeing from the invasion of Paris and Françoise, the older, who has to live under the same roof of a SS during the Occupation. RIN...
  • Jennifer
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah may be my favorite novel of 2015... and yes, I realize it's only February. It's just that good. The setting is World War II, Nazi-occupied France. The story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, and how they each respond in times of great challenge. Their parallel stories are as different as their personalities, but are just as suspenseful, complicated, and emotional. Although The Nightingale is considered fi...
  • Angela M
    I almost didn't read this book and it would have been my loss if I didn't, because I would have missed out on knowing Isabel and Vianne , and the story of their indescribable bravery and volition to save lives in their roles in the French Resistance during WWII. Oh I know this is a work of fiction and these two women are characters in a novel . But I also know as history tells us there were real men and women risking their lives doing the very sa...
  • Nea
    Kristin Hannah is a pro in the chick-lit genre, and I applaud her efforts to break into historical fiction with The Nightingale. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I loved the result. When I read historical fiction in a war setting, I expect a certain rawness that just wasn't delivered here. Yes, she included historically accurate descriptions of carnage, but the tone was destroyed with a barrage of trite elements. The two main characters happen to...
  • Stephanie
    Everyone should read The Nightingale!!This was a well-written, emotionally wrenching, and POWERFUL book. It is now on my list of best books ever! I got the notice that my request for this book was in last night on the "cloud library" and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The tears are still streaming down my face as I write this review.The book is set during World War II in France, occupied by the Nazi's. The story focuses on two sisters (...
  • Helen Stavraki
    Το υπέροχο λυπητερό κελάηδημα αυτού του αηδονιού με συγκλόνισε εξ αρχής, με αγκάλιασε και με ταξίδεψε σε ιστορικές διαδρομές γεμάτες φρίκη και πόνο με μοναδικό κίνητρο επιβίωσης την αγάπη και όπλο αντίστασης την δύναμη που κρύβουμε μέσα μας και ...
  • Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
    Oh my goodness, I loved it. I loved it so much.I haven't felt this invested in a book for a long time. Those addictive, fast paced YA books come and go - think Heartless, a 2016 favorite of mine. And then there are those rich, descriptive adult books that fill you up with new knowledge - like The Martian and The Wonder. It's rare when a book combines both of these things. And that's exactly what The Nightingale somehow, brilliantly managed to do....
  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    4 stars!I can see why this book is loved by many and it really does warrant all the high ratings. It’s written in such a raw and poignant manner I think every reader will be moved in some way by the tragic beauty in this story. Also, this review will be weird and shorter than normal because:A) I’ve been distracted lately and have lost the ability to reviewB) This was a really good book and that right there says it allThere are two main female...
  • Brandie
    By far the most heart breaking and one of the hardest books emotionally that I have ever read. It has been a long time since I've cried so much reading a book. Even though it's tough to stomach, it was a really incredible story that I know will stay with me for a very long time. _________________After sleeping on this, I haven't stopped thinking about it and had to bump it up to 5 stars, with a proper review.I like a good cry once in awhile. What...
  • Carol
    NIGHTINGALE is an excellent WW2 novel, but, in some instances, not unlike others of its kind. It explores the horrors of war via occupation by the Nazi's, their brutality and mass murdering of Jews, and the despicable treatment in concentration camps.What separates this work of historical fiction from all the rest is the emphasis placed on the important part women played during wartime. The amazing stories of bravery by two sisters, Vianne who st...
  • Brandi
    Love & War.Family & Foe.Life & Death.The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters living during a perilous time in French history. During the Nazi occupation of France during WWII, Vianne and Isabelle, different in so many ways, will both embark on separate journeys. Surrounded by danger, these sisters learn about love and loss. Survival verses morality, a quite acceptance or having the courage to make a stand. This story had me completely capt...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListI finished this book in tears. I'm not sure there are many that haven't done the same. What is there left for me to say that I'm sure so many people have already said about this book. It made me mad, made me sad, made me cry, made me happy. The things these two sisters went through during this horrible time is unbelievable. I know this is a work of fiction but the truth is there in things that have happened. ...
  • Elyse
    I'm late to the party...But here goes:"The Nightingale" begins with an unnamed elderly woman as the narrator. She is living in Oregon, and the year is 1995. Her son is helping her she is downsizing her possessions. She insists that she must bring her old- large- trunk that she kept stored in the attic. In the truck contains 'past memories'. There is a WW11 identity card of a young French women, named Juliette Gervaise. As the story tran...
  • Candace
    'The Nightingale' is a historical fiction, set in German-occupied France during WWII. Spanning the years of the war, this riveting story follows two sisters as they struggle to survive and persevere through the Nazi invasion. As the reader, you get to see the war that was taking place on the home front from each sister's unique vantage point. It is a heart wrenching, beautiful and tragic story. As the older sister, Vianne feels responsible for ke...
  • Melissa
    “In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” This is a story that will stay with me for a long time to come. I think most people would agree, the best kind of books are those that evoke strong emotions and make you feel. Among my favorites are books that made me think about life, fall in love or ripped me to pieces and left me in tears. THE NIGHTINGALE managed to do all of those things.I’ve always had a fascinat...
  • Cheri
    3.5 StarsI read this now (rather than maybe sometime in the future) because a goodreads friend (thank you, Jennifer!) mentioned in her recent review that they were making a movie out of this book. I enjoyed this, but it would be inaccurate for me to say I loved it. I just never really believed in the characters, I never felt they were authentic or “real.” As a result, all of Isabel’s behavior and actions felt created for the purpose of mani...
  • Sue
    THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah is a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II, in France, occupied by the Nazi's. The book starts in 1995 from the POV of an older woman, her son a doctor, is about to put her in an assisted living facility, then it takes you to France in the 1940’s. As this woman is reminiscing about her life during WWII, you don’t know who she is until the very end of the book. I couldn’t put the book...
  • Elizabeth (Liz)
    Holy Jesus. Holy. Jesus. I don't even have words. This book should be enshrined and worshiped. I'm dehydrated from the sheer sobbing and the copious amounts of snot. I'm so emotionally exhausted and overcome....who knows how long it will be before I'm right in the head and heart again. I don't know exactly how you 'favorite' a book like this, but I also can't fathom how you don't. 5 stars is nothing. 5 stars WAS the bar. The bar has been raised. ...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    Sniffle sniffle!!! 5 HUGE STARS!!! There should be a warning that comes with this novel: "don't listen or read the end without a box of tissues!" The Nightingale was fantastic!!! I didn't expect to love this book the way I did. I wanted to be Isabelle at times! Her bravery was remarkable! This is a GREAT audiobook! The narrator was phenomenal!The Nightingale is basically about two sisters in Nazi occupied France during World War II. Vianne the ol...
  • Tabetha
    Rating: Five Emotional Stars Review: to comeThe story of two French sisters and their epic journey during WWII, as they try first to merely survive the War, then both become a part of the French Resistance. In each of their own ways, Vianne and Isabelle are able to make a difference and save lives, in a time when an entire generation is being wiped out. This book reads like a film, and I was not surprised to read that it is going to become one! I...
  • Rebecca
    I expected a lot more from this book. Maybe it's because I had huge expectations but I feel quite let down by it. I appreciate the strong role of women but I was never really attached to the characters. It was like something was missing. The drama was over-powering and I struggled with the romance. It's not that it was necessarily a terrible novel but I was hoping for something incredible and it didn't quite rise to that for me personally.