The Nightingale

The Nightingale

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In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are. FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gèaetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime
Publisher: [S.l.] : Macmillan Audio, 2015
ISBN: 9781427263278
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Stone, Polly
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nancyau12
Sep 19, 2019

Excellent! One of my all time favorite books

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Aunteloise
Sep 16, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was truly an eye opener as to what life was like in German occupied France during the end world war and the great part women contributed to help the allies. Highly recommend this book.

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janetkabatoff
Aug 27, 2019

Amazing. German occupation of France
Nightingale character helped get Americans pilots who were shot down to safety
Sisters story

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nancymadge
Aug 24, 2019

Beautiful written. One of the best books (novel) I've read in a long time about the Second World War.

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krusher115
Aug 22, 2019

This book did such an amazing job at making me feel like it was living the life of Isabelle and Vianna. I was so fantastic that I couldn’t put it down. It was a truly brilliant novel and the writing was just so breathtaking.

_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 it was well written enough to make me feel all the feelings.

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kkravitz
Jul 31, 2019

Unfortunately, I just can't understand the appeal of this book. Yes, the story was interesting; however, the writing was very sophomoric - reminded me of high school first attempts at writing. Oh, well.

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sharonrover26
Jul 24, 2019

Amazing story!

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kwsmith
Jun 30, 2019

During World War II, two very different French sisters deal with the Nazi occupation in two very different ways. One becomes a reluctant collaborator while the other becomes an aggressive rebel. The core story is highly exaggerated and overly melodramatic, but the writing flows briskly and keeps you entertained. Still, I read this novel with a great sense of dread, because we all know what happens to brave women in these dramatic World War II novels.

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poseidondm
May 22, 2019

A book that I will never forget..the characters and their story stay with you. I have read other WW2 stories before but this author has such a way of making you really see and feel what the characters were going through. I had to stop reading a few times because I felt so emotional and sad. An engaging read for sure.

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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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Aug 07, 2018

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Mar 24, 2018

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Aug 31, 2015

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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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