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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Narrator Polly Stone gives voice to this incredible story of women’s lives in France during WWII. Sisters Vianne and Isabelle are complete opposites. Vianne, the older, is settled with a family of her own and a husband away at war, while Isabelle is full of fire and wants to fight for France. Sto... Read More »

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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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samdog123 Jul 10, 2017

A stunning read and so well-researched by author Kristin Hannah. Two sisters in WWII occupied France, deal with the devastation to their family and their very existence. One sister, Isabelle becomes involved with the French resistance, while Vianne stays in the quiet country village but even there, she cannot escape the effects of the war. The ending was so well done and brought me to tears.

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pharra19
Jul 10, 2017

A phenomenal book! As another reader said, this book reminded me of why I love to read.

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cordovafamily
Jul 07, 2017

This book started out slow, but once you get through the first 50 pages it is phenomenal. I couldn't put this book down. Once you get started, you just want to know what happens! Amazing, amazzzing book.

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PaulaSuzanneLee
Jul 05, 2017

I started this book and abandoned it two times. However, I have a friend who kept telling me to read it combined with my son studying abroad this summer in Paris (the book is set in Paris) made me pick it up for a third time. I am so glad I did! This book is one of the best books I have read. A historical fiction set in Paris during WWII, it tells the story of two sisters, their relationship, and their efforts to aid the war and survive Germany's occupation of France. I didn't want to put it down, but I didn't want it to end either. When I finished, I felt as if I had to say good-bye to friends. A must read!

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DruC
Jun 30, 2017

This is a remarkable book and very moving book.

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ang_reads
Jun 20, 2017

A touching novel that gives testimony to the strength, courage and necessity of women in WWII. Kristin Hannah's writing illustrates the raw love between friends, family, neighbours, strangers and enemies. But it is countered by hatred and the horrors of war. There were unexpected turns and many poignant moments where I almost found tears in my eyes. The first two sentences summarize the theme: "In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are."

An easy to read novel with the heart of a mother.

This is the best book I have read in long time the ending had me in tears but good tears not bad. She is an excellent writer so true to the heart. A must read for everyone not just survivors for that terrible war. It was worth the wait.

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wyenotgo
Jun 07, 2017

This is by far the best thing I've read this year. In places, it is hard; it will break your heart and lift you up. It's the story of two incredibly courageous women; and I was reminded that although this is a work of fiction, there have in fact always been women like that who did things like that during war.
Ms. Hannah did a masterful job of recreating the chaos, the constant fear, the sheer day-to-day misery of a helpless civilian population living under the occupation of a brutal enemy intent upon destroying and demoralizing their victims.
The book was so engrossing and the characters so wonderfully drawn that it caused me to break a promise to myself: a promise to never again read another book about the holocaust. And of course, while a book about the Nazi occupation could not avoid bringing the holocaust into play, there's much, much more to this book than that. It's also about family, about sacrifice, about love and about redemption.
Very highly recommended.

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central103
Jun 07, 2017

Best Ever - will always hold a special place. I will read it many more times.

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ready2read
Jun 06, 2017

"We have to try and save him or we are as bad as they are," she said. And there it was.
Page 480, Large print edition,

One line can say so much.

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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.

AL_CHRISTINE 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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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

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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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AL_CHRISTINE Apr 24, 2017

Sexual Content: Rape scene

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