The Nightingale

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah
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CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Very rarely do I read a book in one day.    The Nightingale is a book that I could not put down.   The setting is one of my favorites, WW II and France.  I cried at points of this book, I was in awe of Viann and Isabelle’s strength, and I loved the way the children in this story were able to be so strong.   This is the story of Viann and Isabelle and how they managed to live through the horror of Nazi occupation.   I cannot even begin to understand all of what they had to do and how they had to live but I certainly can understand why they did what they did during this time. Viann, being a mother and wife, was the character I could relate most too but I wanted to think that if I was in France during the occupation I could be as strong as Isabelle.     Viann did everything she could to keep her daughter safe and healthy during a time when it was not easy.   I was in awe of what she gave up to do this.   She put her own beliefs aside and did what the Nazi’s said just to keep them in their own house and to allow them to stay together.     Isabelle, being a single woman, stepped out of the normal woman’s role and stepped into a much more dangerous role while helping those who were fighting against the Nazi’s.   Isabelle was amazing.   A woman in the 40’s did not usually work outside the home, did not fight wars, and certainly did not save downed pilots.   Kristin Hannah is one of my all time favorite authors.    She is an author that I know will always tug at my heart strings and keep me entertained.   When I see a book by Kristin I know that it is a must read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is one everyone should read. Knowing this book is labeled as a work of fiction didn't fool my heart or head. The pain and emotion of the women in this book is real. I haven't cried while reading a book in a long time but my teardrops would often fall silently while reading this one. I didn't want the book to end! Definitely in my top 5 books of all times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is a must read. Brought tears to my eyes at times. Excellent.
SavannahJH More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book.  What an insightful story about two sisters in WWII France One sees how the war affected those on the home-front in rural France and gives the reader some understanding why the citizenry acted as they did to the German occupation.  I admire all those who participated in the Resistance.  This book will give you reason to admire them too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever read.
aprilgirlmj More than 1 year ago
Difficult to put down.  Makes you wonder what you might do under their circumstance.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wonderful story and characters, great history, and an ending to beat all endings. a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Kristin Hannah's books and this is one of the best.
luckyduck61 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Could not put it down. I think it is my favorite Kristin Hannah book yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hauntingly beautiful novel of WWII France and the brave men and women in the Resistance. The unglossed truth of the evil perpetrated against the French by the Nazis was revealed. I knew about it, but did not realize the depth of the depravity that went on day and night for YEARS. It is also a love story and the enduring love of family and the sacrifices that were made for GOOD. The great cost of their bravery was laid out for all to appreciate. Inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good,Iliked it:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read. Very emotional..have the kleenex ready. The story is so powerful and moving, I could not put the book down and was sorry to see it end. This author knows what she's doing. She captivated me from the beginning right to the end. I highly recommend this book.
NoPageUnturned More than 1 year ago
There seems to be no end to the inventiveness of WW II German high command when attempting to degrade and crush the citizens of the countries they overran. Nor does there seem to be a lack of courage on the part of those who suffer at their hands. Even choosing the path of least resistance sometimes becomes heroic. This is the story of two sisters who each defy the Germans in their own ways and dictated by their own circumstances. One a passive farm wife, one an angry young rebel. Intriguingly, the story starts in the present day and we are not sure until the very end which sister is the narrator of the story. Written as fiction there is at least a little romance and kindess to offset the daily horror of survival and the brutality which has become to be expected of stories in this genre. Not the saddest or most haunting of stories of this time and thankfully not the most graphic, it is still an engaging read and you really want to know who the narrator turns out to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book that I could not put down.  It shows the effects of war from an entirely different viewpoint, Two French sisters chose very different  ways to survive Nazi occupation.  The degradation,horrors, brutality, deprivation they experienced,brought tears to my eyes.  Yet, they each found a way to fight back, knowing they would probably die.  Hannah has done her research well.  One of the best reads I have had in a long time., 
Ms_Darcy More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved. Beautifully written, wonderfully researched...I cannot recommend this book enough. The story feels so very real, it's hard to remember that it isn't a memoir. Read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember the last time I read a book that I could NOT put down like this!  The story was absolutely incredible and heartbreaking.  I was so sad when the story ended.  Do yourself a favor and READ THIS!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most incredible books I have read in a long time. A tear-jerking historical novel of tragedy, love, survival and the will to find love despite all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. Rarely do you hear about how the women in Europe survived WW2, and this story made you feel like you were right there during those cold winters in France...taken over by Nazi's. Very enlightening and fantastically written... I cried like a baby.. dont forget the tissue box while reading this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While reading I felt as though I were present. I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although sad, this was a great book. It was hard to put down.
SuZQ41 More than 1 year ago
This book will resonate with me for a long time. I had never really thought about the French side of WW2 and how much they suffered. This tells the story of 2 very different sisters and how they coped. I defy anyone to read the last 50 pages of this book and not go through a box of Kleenex. It has stayed on my mind since I finished it.
Mel07 More than 1 year ago
This is one of Kristen Hannah's best novels.  As usual with her writing, her characters really brought the story of the French Resistance to life. It is heartbreaking and so entertaining.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm still speechless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story of two sisters and their bravery during the occupation of France during WWII. It brought to life the memories I had of visiting France, from Paris, to Normandy, the Loire Valley, and a visit to a concentration camp in Germany. It showed the lengths that people went to to protect their loved ones, friends, and even strangers from the horrors of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line and characters.