Suspense, adventure, and history. Yes, they do go together.


Sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been at odds. In 1939,  just as the war is coming to France, Vianne enjoys a quiet life with her husband Antoine and daughter Sophie. Younger sister Isabelle is impetuous, having been expelled from boarding schools all across France. When the Nazis invaded Paris, Isabelle was sent to live with Vianne. En route, she meets and falls in love with a young French Resistance fighter. He leaves her with her sister, but Isabelle makes her way back to Paris.

Beck, a German captain, moves into Vianne's home. When the Nazis begin rounding up Jews, Beck warns Vianne to hide her friend Rachel. Ultimately, Rachel is taken away and Vianne raises her son as her own. When Beck is killed, Von Richter, another Nazi, moves into her home. Vianne takes Rachel's son to a convent for protection, and, ultimately, helps the nuns save children whose parents have been taken away.

Teen Student Reader (15):
I thoroughly enjoyed this  book and would read it again. Everything from the characters to the scenery to the plot was well thought out and extremely detailed. It is easy to see that the author did an enormous amount of research. Most impressive is that it never lacked in quality, despite being more than 400 pages.

 For me personally, not only was it a heart racing adventure to go through the events that follow with the characters but it gave me an awareness of what WWII was like and what people suffered through. Books about World War II tend to spotlight people who fought on the front, but never the others who were still majorly affected by the war nonetheless.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an exceptionally well-written, powerful book. The character development, plot, and historical content combine exquisitely to give you an immersive experience and a very emotional feel. Bonus: Massive historical content definitely offers a lot of learning opportunities.

Content Awareness Factors:

Graphic violence, sexual situations, drug/alcohol use, and war.

Type of Book:
This is an historical fiction novel that reads like it is part adventure, part mystery, part character study.
Educational Themes:

This book definitely does offer opportunities for engaging readers in learning. This book is based on the timeline of World War II (WWII). One of the characters in the book is also strongly based on a person that existed during the war. Many of the events that also follow in the book are true.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. I opted for this recommendation as this book had such an emotional impact on me that I definitely want to reread this in the future.

Title The Nightingale: A Novel
Author Kristin Hannah
Publisher St. Martins Press, Imprint Macmillan Publishers © 2017 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9781250080400
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Historical Fiction, 1940s & 1950s
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