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The Nightingale
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The Nightingale


Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne 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 Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne 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.

Title:The Nightingale
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:440 pages
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    The Nightingale Reviews

  • Emily May
    Mar 23, 2015

    “Oh, for heaven’s sake, Isabelle. Paris is overrun. The Nazis control the city. What is an eighteen-year-old girl to do about all of that?” What, indeed.I really didn't know what to expect goin...

  • Violet wells
    Jun 28, 2015

    It was the comparisons to All the Light We Cannot See that attracted me to The Nightingale. Though both novels are set during WW2 the similarities for me stopped there. All the Light is a magical nove...

  • Lori
    Dec 15, 2014

    With tears still running down my cheeks I'm writing this review. I've started this review several times and I don't think I'll be able to adequately put into words the power in which this novel has mo...

  • Regan
    Dec 26, 2015

    Beautiful. ...

  • Aestas Book Blog
    Mar 09, 2015

    ::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 5 STARS!! ::: HOLY WOW!!! This book was absolutely epic! A sweeping, breathtaking journey that captivated me from the first page with the strength and beauty of the writ...

  • Laura
    Jan 23, 2015

    So many 4 & 5 star reviews here, but I'm afraid I just thought this WWII historical novel was okay. There are so many novels about this time period and I didn't think this one rose above the heap. The...

  • MomToKippy
    Apr 16, 2015

    For me this was a fusion of sub-literary chick lit and WWII fiction in that it was too cliche and melodramatic much of the time. I thought the female perspective of occupied France and the tales of th...

  • Mandy Crider
    Apr 20, 2015

    I don't even know where to start this review. I am typing it through teary eyes, so I will keep it simple. (Insert tissues here)My pick for Vianne when this becomes a movie is Naomi Watts or Kate Wins...

  • Natalie
    Feb 13, 2016

    “My nightingale, I got you home.”This review contains *spoilers*.I honestly didn't expect to like The Nightingale as much as I did.The premise of the book intrigued me (I've been really into histo...

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ? (of badger and SNAKE)
    Mar 31, 2015

    1.5 stars. Oh, the IRONY. You might have never heard of it, but in 1981 French author Régine Deforges released a book called La bicyclette bleue, 1939-1942 (part of a trilogy), which related the stor...