In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye 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 France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child's life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can... completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real -- and deadly -- consequences. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.
Two sisters. One must be brave. One should be afraid.
Movingly written and plotted with the skill of Greek tragedy. You'll keep turning the pages until the last racking sob. --Daily Mail
Unforgettable --Easy Living
A gripping, emotional read --SHE magazine
A story of sibling love, friendship and loss. I cried a lot --Look magazine
A gripping tale of family, love, grief and forgiveness from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah --Sunday Express
Wrenching, convincing ... bittersweet --Publishers Weekly
Brilliant dialogue makes this a compulsive read --Books Monthly
'Beautifully written ... packed with action and emotion' --Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
The real horrors of war; the deprivations; the risks are all there... This is a hauntingly tragic yet sympathetic novel --The Cape Times