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. 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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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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miketany
Nov 15, 2018

Decent book but not one if you are looking for a detailed description of life during the German occupation of France. This book represents a very detailed story, but too detailed to have any regard to the entire war and how its progression changed life in France. There are two sisters, Isabelle, and Vianne Rossignol. The two sisters have two different mindsets about the war. Vianne is naive and thinks the government will protect them from the dangers of war, but Isabelle thinks not. She joins the "Resistance" and begins by spreading anti-german propaganda papers. I think escapes in this book are too narrow and it focuses too much on doubts of the abilities of women that it appears that the German interrogators are robots programmed to think women cannot do anything heroic and brave. Vianne soon realizes the reality of the situation and begins helping Jewish children. In the end, she saves 19 Jewish children and earns herself a righteous title of a war hero. I rated this 6/10 because this book is too tunnel-visioned that it is a book about assumptions, not facts.

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EPool_Lib
Oct 30, 2018

Some good history here, especially for readers without much knowledge of WWII in Europe as it can serve as an introduction to the war in France. However, the storyline itself becomes rather predictable for those who are well-versed regarding the Nazi invasion, the French Resistance and the horrors of the Holocaust.

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RaquelFloro
Oct 25, 2018

Amazing story that's beautifully written. I loved it!

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kshuster
Oct 23, 2018

Sad

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cleopatra3
Sep 21, 2018

Such a beautiful, moving story. A must read for fans of historical fiction. It’s also a being made into a movie in 2019.

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lizsilva83
Sep 14, 2018

I loved this book. Beautifully written story. I couldn't put it down.

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Hufffamily
Aug 23, 2018

I really enjoyed this book - couldn't put it down.

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CandyNickle
Aug 11, 2018

Amazing book - outstanding portrait of people who are in impossible position - a picture of what the effect of war is on everyone who just happens to be in its way.

dognamedmozart Aug 09, 2018

Historical Fiction has never been done so beautifully. Based during WWII, tells a story of two sisters and their struggle to survive German occupation of France. You become so immersed in their story, you become part of it.

The narrator does an exceptional job, she makes the novel come alive!

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Worboysl
Aug 08, 2018

Loved this book!! Outstanding until the end!

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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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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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