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.

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The Nightingale Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Sep 18, 2016


    Everyone should read The Nightingale!!This was a well-written, emotionally wrenching, and POWERFUL book. It is now on my list of best books ever! I got the notice that my request for this book was in last night on the "cloud library" and once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The tea...

  • Cheri
    Sep 9, 2016


    3.5 StarsI read this now (rather than maybe sometime in the future) because a goodreads friend (thank you, Jennifer!) mentioned in her recent review that they were making a movie out of this book. I enjoyed this, but it would be inaccurate for me to say I loved it. I just never really ...

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Aug 1, 2016

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    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 story of two sisters** during WWII in France. Léa, the outspoken, rebel and reckless...

  • Helen Stavraki
    May 27, 2016

    Helen Stavraki

    Το υπέροχο λυπητερό κελάηδημα αυτού του αηδονιού με συγκλόνισε εξ αρχής, με αγκάλ?...

  • Crystal Craig
    May 2, 2016

    Crystal Craig

    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.I'm only 25% in but I'm starting my review because I have a lot to say already. The lights are going out all over Europe; We shall not see them lit ag...

  • Natalie
    Apr 21, 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 historical fiction lately). This story follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, duri...

  • Emily May
    Apr 19, 2016

    Emily May

    “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 going into The Nightingale. Given the quote about love and war in the blurb, I ki...

  • Regan
    Apr 5, 2016


    Beautiful. ...

  • Violet wells
    Mar 7, 2016

    Violet wells

    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 novel electric with beautiful resounding prose and refined artistry; The Nightingale is a ...

  • Mandy Crider
    Feb 5, 2016

    Mandy Crider

    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 Winslet and for Isabella is Julianne Hough or Amanda Seyfried. Let's see if Hollywood take...