The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Book - 2015
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"Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sisters' relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquiste in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they turn the last page"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780312577223
Characteristics: 440 pages :,map ;,25 cm.


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HonorBound Oct 23, 2015

Every once in a while you read a book that leaves you emotionally exhausted having lived the lives of the characters in the book. This is that type of book. It grabs you, holds on to you, and you're the one who doesn't let go.

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d2013 Jun 15, 2018

Great book, highly recommended!

Jun 14, 2018

Omg, after an 8 year reading hiatus (since becoming a mom) this book sucked me right back into my reading addict self. Next stop, more Kristin Hannah books!

tch2917 Jun 08, 2018

Long after this audiobook ended, the characters, the horrors, losses and sacrifices of WWII and the illumination of the overwhelming vitality of love in life stayed with me! I have not read such a good book in a long time! I rooted for and cried with these characters and gasped as the twists and surprises encountered! Highly recommended!

Jun 07, 2018

Absolutely adored this book. I read Kristin Hannah’s firefly lane and this book blew it out of the water. Well done and kept my attention. The reader for the audiobook held my attention as well.

May 03, 2018

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, particularly stories that occur around World Wars.
The Nightingale takes us all the way from 1939 to the end of the World War II. This is an in-depth tale that describes the War, the Resistance in Paris, and the many choices that people had to make in order to survive. This book tore me apart emotionally, put me back together again with a feeling of hope, and tore me apart again. Highly recommended.

Apr 24, 2018

Disappointed. I really enjoyed "All the Light We Cannot See". This book, though, lacks a lot of detail. It reads a little more like a romance novel. I found all the romance scenes predictable and cheesy. This book might make a decent summer beach read for light reading. If your looking for something truly emotional that sends you in a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings then give this a hard pass. I really don't get what the hype is about.

Mar 30, 2018

Not as good as I expected. Yes, it keeps you interested but more like a page turner, as it does lack depth and as with many modern books on WW2 you feel that it is not author's own pain she describes. It's a great difference when you yourself have a toothache or just feel sorrow for someone who feels it. This book cannot bee even compared with works by Remarque, Heinrich Böll, Lion Feuchtwanger, Viktor Astafyev and Boris Vasilyev-the authors that had to live through the war.

Mar 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this book from the perspective of women and the personal battles that were also fought all over Europe during the war. The various things the women in this story had to endure to survive were portrayed very realistically and so incrementally that by the end, you really feel the impact of those war years. My grade 8 daughter also really enjoyed this book. She found the characters rich and endearing. The personal tragedies and sacrifices really teach you about humanity at it's worst and best.

Mar 20, 2018

I loved this book. I thought it as very interesting to read about WWII from the perspective of two French sisters, one of whom's husband is away fighting in the war and the other who is unhappy with how she feels her people are reacting to the war. Some critics of the novel have been upset by a few historical inaccuracies, but for me none of that was enough to keep me from being completely entranced with this novel.

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!

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ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

ArapahoeChristine 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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Mar 24, 2018

julsolmo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

ArapahoeChristine 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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ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape scene

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