The Nightingale

The Nightingale

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"In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye 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, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as the 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."--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312577223
0312577222
Branch Call Number: HANNAH K
Hannah, K
Characteristics: 440 pages ; 25 cm

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latwell1
Jul 13, 2018

Well written, fast-paced, and so interesting. It was hard to read about the atrocities committed during WW2, but Kristin Hannah is able to describe them without sensationalism. Definitely a good quick read.

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JLee237
Jul 09, 2018

The characters were well developed and the plot captures interesting historical events however the book is 10 chapters too long and drags on.

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mebjohnson
Jul 03, 2018

An incredibly moving story of two sisters and how each responds to the horrors of WWII in very different but equally heroic ways.

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firebird770
Jul 02, 2018

Excellent - Kept me reading all 438 pages. The atrocities of the Second World War and how it changed the lives in particular of the French people. Set in France in World War II, two sisters who live in a small village find themselves estranged when they disagree about the imminent threat of occupation. Separated by principles and temperament, each must find her own way forward as she faces moral questions and life or death choices. Beautifully written and will have a lasting hold on me.

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ychen120
Jun 25, 2018

This is an amazing book! The second you read the first sentence of the book you'll never want to put it down until your finished. I read this in about a day without stopping. The story is heart wrenching and filled with grief, heroism, and love. I 100% recommend this book to you

d2013 Jun 15, 2018

Great book, highly recommended!

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tanaperkins
Jun 14, 2018

Omg, after an 8 year reading hiatus (since becoming a mom) this book sucked me right back into my reading addict self. Next stop, more Kristin Hannah books!

tch2917 Jun 08, 2018

Long after this audiobook ended, the characters, the horrors, losses and sacrifices of WWII and the illumination of the overwhelming vitality of love in life stayed with me! I have not read such a good book in a long time! I rooted for and cried with these characters and gasped as the twists and surprises encountered! Highly recommended!

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Kcordell4185
Jun 07, 2018

Absolutely adored this book. I read Kristin Hannah’s firefly lane and this book blew it out of the water. Well done and kept my attention. The reader for the audiobook held my attention as well.

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Dina_P
May 03, 2018

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, particularly stories that occur around World Wars.
The Nightingale takes us all the way from 1939 to the end of the World War II. This is an in-depth tale that describes the War, the Resistance in Paris, and the many choices that people had to make in order to survive. This book tore me apart emotionally, put me back together again with a feeling of hope, and tore me apart again. Highly recommended.

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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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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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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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