The Nightingale

The Nightingale

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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."--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2017, c2015
ISBN: 9781250080400
Characteristics: 570 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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A page turner...WW2 history intertwined into a fiction story about love, family and the sacrifices that come with war.

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TashD Jan 02, 2020

One of my favourite books of the year. I couldn't stop reading it and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It is exciting to hear that is becoming a movie now!

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_McGeek_ Aug 15, 2019

Reasons why I liked this book: it gave me a real sense of what it was like to live in a Nazi occupied town during WW2, it highlighted the role that women and civilians played in fighting back, it was a real page turner and lastly because it made me choke up 3 times that I can recall, which means ... Read More »

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mazinwhistler Jan 03, 2019

A page turner...WW2 history intertwined into a fiction story about love, family and the sacrifices that come with war.

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FSJPL_Morgan Jun 27, 2016

A wonderfully immersive book--a look at the "shadow war" fought by France's women during the German occupation of WW2. How does what we do to survive in times of extreme crisis affect ourselves and the ones around us...and how far can we go to justify them?


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bookpusher
Jul 15, 2020

My friend and I decided to do a book swap...this is the one she gave me. I can't say I loved it, but I do love a good cry. I would recommend it.

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Lmchugh12
Jul 14, 2020

This book was a wonderful read. I spent hours reading it into the night because I couldn't put it down. I felt so much of what the characters were going through and I felt like I was living through them in World War II. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves WWII history/stories.

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mogie
Jul 11, 2020

Well that was a soul-crushingly sad book. Mind you, I couldn't wait for it to end. I felt like I put so much time and effort into reading it and was still let down by the ending. I think it will make a great movie, is it being adapted? I totally get why people adore this book but there was just something about it, it took me what felt like forever to read. To the point where I just forced myself to read the last 150 pages in one go. I EVEN READ THE LAST 2 PAGES to see if I even wanted to finish it.

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carazimmerman
Jul 07, 2020

Such a good book! Definitely one of my favorite WW2 stories ever. A combo of sad and hopeful. I just couldn't put it down. Would 100% recommend!

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Singflower
Jul 02, 2020

Highly recommend! Opens during a time of government upheaval, WWII France, and displays the disaster of consciously blind compromise with the untrustworthy; A mirror of todays' insanity.

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sjanke2
Jun 27, 2020

I don’t love WWII fiction. But this book was cliché and kinda cheesy. It’s 500+ pages long because the author recycles the same scenes, dialogue, and descriptions several times, i.e. Isabelle being called and calling herself “impetuous” and the phrase “grabbed her arm so tightly to leave a bruise.” The format, subject matter, and narrative timeline reminded me of Hannah’s “Winter Garden,” which I also had similar issues with.

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pauletteds
Jun 13, 2020

Really a page turner for me. Truly enjoyed the book!

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lenoragoessling
Jun 03, 2020

Recommended from Sally

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jncastellon
May 25, 2020

waitlist

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Pol1916HL
May 24, 2020

Books on WW2 Recommended by Cory, Tongue in Cheek:
All the Light You Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
Sarah's Keys, by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Lost Letters, by Jillian Cantor

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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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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 07, 2018

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latwell1
Jul 13, 2018

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gac
Jun 24, 2018

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julsolmo
Mar 24, 2018

julsolmo thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

ArapahoeChristine Apr 24, 2017

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Nvfera
Aug 31, 2015

Nvfera thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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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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