The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Book - 2015
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"An epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II"--Provided by publisher.
"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250080400
9780312577223
0312577222
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hannah Kristin 01/2015
Characteristics: 440 pages ;,25 cm

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won 2016 Audie Award for Best Fiction; read by Polly Stone - bonus: accents!

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JCLBetM May 31, 2019

2016 Best Fiction Audiobook

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 a... Read More »

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JCLKatieS Nov 14, 2015

Kristin Hannah has written an extraordinary fictionalized account of two women and their fight for survival during World War II. It is a very moving and emotional read which left me with chills at the end.

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JCLMelodyMK Jun 15, 2015

A compelling story of 2 very different sisters during WWII
in France. Both fighting the Nazis in different ways, both risking death and torture if caught. Hard to put down once you get started.
The reader(Polly Stone) was excellent.


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RainGardenQuilts
Jan 14, 2021

Some of the lessons about family have stuck with me and informed my thinking ever since I reached the end of this intricate and engrossing story.

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K4Hiemstra
Jan 05, 2021

Loved this book!

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Rdi123
Nov 19, 2020

Outstanding from a favorite author

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lindakday
Nov 15, 2020

Cannot wait for the movie.

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shuraleff
Nov 09, 2020

While reading this sappy, predicable, melodramatic book, the story seemed all too familiar. I am sure I must have read it years ago. I felt the same way then as I do now. Only a bit more foolish.

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lissetzuniga
Oct 04, 2020

Heart wrenching story of regret, survival, resilience and sacrifice for love and humanity. Beautifully told. It’s engaging story.

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finn75
Sep 12, 2020

The experiences and reactions of two very different sisters to the nazi invasion of France. One joins the resistance while the other struggles to maintain her family in the face of starvation and persecution. Heartbreaking what people endured.

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brownie1_1
Sep 11, 2020

I was really anticipating a better written book than this turned out to be especially in the wake of having gotten through a couple of books set in the same era/locale by Pam Jenoff (The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan's Tale) both of which I'd also found to be lacking in real verve and style. Would that The Nightingale had lived up to its glorious cover art and the promise of its storyline and setting. I hear that there is a movie due out next year based on this novel starring the Fanning sisters. It might make for better cinema. I'll give that a shot ~ fingers crossed!

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rn4watoto
Aug 16, 2020

One of the best books ever!

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bongodi
Aug 14, 2020

Excellent story line - keeps you engaged from beginning to end.

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jmreid1220
May 23, 2019

“Ask for help when you need it, and give help when you can.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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jmreid1220
May 23, 2019

“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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jmreid1220
May 23, 2019

“But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 07, 2018

“It’s better to be bold than meek...If you jump off a cliff at least you’ll fly before you fall.” - Isabelle to Sophie

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ychen120
Jun 25, 2018

"They couldn't touch my heart. They couldn't change who i was inside. My body... they broke that in the first days, but not my heart, V. Whatever he did it, it was to your body, and your body will heal." - Isabelle

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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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.

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mardscott
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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