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The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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By Kristin Hannah

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Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close.

Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter.

But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested.


02 Dec 2018


Firstly, thank you to the Reading Agency for providing our book group with our beautiful copies of this.
This was such a moving and heartbreaking book that I was in tears several times while reading it - not something that happens to me often. I loved the emphasis on the bravery of ordinary women, and how both sisters did the best they could under such terrible circumstances, both displaying their own type of bravery. The ending really got to me, its uplifting message of hope and remembrance was beautifully written. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

02 Dec 2018


We were lucky enough to get copies of this book from The Reading Agency - thanks!

I absolutely loved the book. It drew me in immediately and I felt an instant connection to the characters. The plot is sharp and speedy, making it easy to job through the 430 pages.

The story is heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure. It explores the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and of the women who took life-threatening risks during the war. It is a poignant and moving story of two women who discover how strong they are when tested.

Get the tissues ready as you're likely to shed a few tears when reading this gem!

23 Aug 2018

Sophie Rayton

This book is powerful, hard and rewarding. I was so affected I was moved to tears (which is not common for me). I am very sparing with my 5 stars because when books like this come along I want to be able to express that it's in a class of its own.
Probably the best historical fiction book I've ever read.

19 May 2018

Dodworth Readers Group

We all agreed this was a good read and it provoked some very interesting discussions around prejudice and mans in humanity to man. We liked each of the sisters stories. It made us ask the question what would we do in that situation to protect our families and friends. The writing was good and the plot kept us engaged with a difficult subject matter.

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