The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Large Print - 2015
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"In World War II France, two sisters face frightening situations and respond in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
Description: 647 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781628995015
Branch Call Number: LP Hann
Additional Contributors: Hannah, Kristin. Nightingale


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Jul 18, 2021

Loved it.

Jul 17, 2021

Fantastic. I cried like a baby. A MUST READ.

Jul 12, 2021

Intense and hard to put down.

Jun 29, 2021

This is beautifully written and quite emotional, but the historical accuracy is rather askew and aggravatingly distracting at times. If you're not well-versed in the Occupation of France, it likely won't bother you, but if you are, be prepared to be pulled out of the narrative in the most inconvenient places. Read for the sisters and their heart-wrenching relationship -take the historical backdrop with a grain of salt.

Jun 09, 2021

Feeling heavy hearted and deeply moved after reading this. A book that puts you in the brutal reality of war and turmoil and leaves you thankful for the men and women who sacrificed their lives.

Wrecked me from beginning to end and I will never stop thinking about this story and these characters

May 24, 2021

This is a very intense and heartbreaking book. One of my fav. The story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, and their journey during WWII in France. The sisters are in different stages of their lives, one is in her late teens while the other is a mother and married. They each have unique experiences during wartime and they each found their own way to contribute to the war. There are so many heartbreaking moments, especially at the end. I think Kristina Hannah wrote one beautiful novel. Definitely worth reading.

May 10, 2021

Well written story about a French family who resisted the Nazis, in their own different ways, during their rule of France in WWII. Although men are involved in the story, the plot revolves around 2 sisters, one a late teen, the other a young married woman, and their differing wartime experiences on the homefront. The teen at first has annoying habits and I wondered how she could ever become an undercover guide leading downed Allied airmen out of France by walking over the Pyrennee Mountains into Spain. The other sister is the one less driven to "Free France", but her friendship with her Jewish neighbor heightens her awareness of how she can help Jews who are forcibly herded to the town square and then shipped to work camps by train. The story has tension throughout; there is always the threat of exposure, punishment, and death. The story comes to life with action, adventure, family love, young love, and danger. A beautiful ending, however, despite the many painful experiences the sisters had. The story would probably appeal more to female than male readers.

ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

Wow this book. This one was very intense, but very good. If you enjoy historical fiction, look no further than this read. It is heartbreaking, eye-opening, and a testament to the resiliency and the power of family.

Apr 08, 2021

I’m halfway through reading this book and although I find the subject and storyline compelling, I am finding that the writing isn’t my style. I checked other comments here and decided that there are other books that I have to spend time on instead as this book is requested back at the library.

Mar 15, 2021

I guess I’ve read too many books on Germany’s invasion in France during WWll that this falls under “another WWll” story. It is inspiring and draining at the same time. It shows how the heart and the spirit triumph over anything a person/regime can do to the body or the mind. It also takes you through some of the horrific events that a control-freak loathsome man commanded in his quest for power. But the resilience of two sisters and others in their circle are not defeated by the mad dictator’s actions.

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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

May 23, 2019

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

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

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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Jun 24, 2018

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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.

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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