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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Historical fiction

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Quick take

What are we capable of when survival is the only thing that matters?

Why I love it

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"In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are." Our first title chosen By Member Request, The Nightingale is a beautifully written WWII historical fiction. Two sisters bravely face the heartbreaking challenges of daily life as France is invaded by the Nazis. The younger joins the resistance; the older tries to save her family. It's a moving portrait of the effects of wartime on these female characters —mothers and daughters, sisters and wives— their strength, and the sacrifices they make for family and country. Ultimately, the book forces us to confront the question: What are we capable of when survival is the only thing that matters?

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  • LeMars, IA

    This is one of the best books ever written. Kristen Hannah is a genius who can make the reader feel like they have been transported to 1940’s France. The characters, storyline, everything ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Fort Collins, CO

    I loved the quiet strength of Vianne and reveled in the bold strength of Isabelle as love and war shaped them. Often we think of the men fighting in a war and forget the women who fight at home! ❤️❤️

  • Fairfax station, VA

    This WWll story contains the horrors of war and the incredible resiliency and inspiration of the human spirit. The love that can remain after terrible things happen not only to an individual, but a nation.

  • Harrison Township, MI

    I love historical fiction and instantly became immersed in this book. I’m in France with the characters, I’m sitting with them at dinner, I’m going through the scary moments right with them. Loved it.

  • Columbia City, IN

    Another amazing novel by Kristin Hannah! ???? A beautifully, tragic insight into the horrific reality faced by women during WWII and the incredible strength, bravery, and fortitude it took to survive❤️

  • Englewood, FL

    Wow. One of the best books I’ve read. Kristin Hannah’s writing is just amazing, in all her books, but especially this one. Ive never read anything based in WW2 and I am so glad I have. I learned a lot

  • Green Valley, AZ

    One of the most beautiful, tragic books I have ever read. The strength and bravery of these sisters was unbelievable. “Love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future” we all must remember

  • Wauwatosa , WI

    Just WOW! What a gorgeous story of a side of the war that isn’t frequently told: the women’s war. The courage of the two main characters is inspiring and the story is both heart-breaking and beautiful

  • Safford, AZ

    The very best book I’ve read in years! I couldnt put the book down and loved all of the different characters and the connections between the characters. Loved each chapter and the ending was amazing.

  • Miami, FL

    A part of my heart will forever ache of the untold stories and the broken families of World War II. A book hasn’t brought me to tears in awhile. This one was special. So much bravery through darkness.

  • Waterbury, CT

    Heartbreaking yet inspiring story of women’s courage, strength & ingenuity in the harsh face of War. I was drawn to both Isabelle & Vianne & their choices -both strong & cataclysmic in their own way.

  • San Diego, CA

    I just adore Kristin Hannah’s historical fiction. There are definitely common themes here with her other stories - strong women surviving and doing whatever they need to for their families, especially

  • Somerdale, NJ

    Wow wow wow. I LOVED this book. It was my first venture into WWII fiction and I can’t believe I haven’t picked this up sooner. Hannahs writing is beautiful and left me devastated. Highly recommend!

  • Olney, IL

    This was my second time reading this book, and it was like I was reading it for the first time all over again. Kristin Hannah is a phenomenal author and she knows how to capture your heart in every way

  • Plano, TX

    Kristin Hannah is #goat. I adore historical fiction, especially if it's about WWII. Its readability is divine, I was turning the pages like it was a juicy thriller. This story has everything you need.

  • Beaverton, OR

    Heard great things about this book- very emotional at end. Didn't like the characters at the beginning and parts seemed a little unbelievable but beautifully written. Probably favorite book this year

  • Oconomwoc , WI

    Highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading about experiences people had during Natzi Germany. It was heartbreaking to hear about a different side/perspective of this time period. Excellent book!

  • Watauga, TX

    I loved this booked - it was an emotional read and so well written. Action packed -lots of history of the invasion of France. A great story of two sisters who survived the worst of the worst of times.

  • Missoula, MT

    Everyone should read this book. Historical fiction Strong women who arent seen in history that reveal so much about our past, we all need more courage and people who look out for the underdog. Read it

  • Alexandria, VA

    This stands firm w/ other great WW2 fiction like All the Light we Cannot See. I was skeptical when both sisters seemed thoroughly unlikable, but everything changed, and it was both magical and tragic.

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