Kristin Hannah’s books: a complete guide

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale and Firefly Lane. Whether you are new to Kristin Hannah, or already a fan, discover your next read with our guide to her works. 

A New York Times bestselling author, Kristin Hannah’s books are beloved the world over. Season two of the smash-hit Netflix adaptation of her 2008 novel, Firefly Lane, starring Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl, is out now, and another adaptation of her work – this time set for the silver screen – is coming soon with the film adaptation of The Nightingale, which will star sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning. Her next novel, The Women, is also confirmed for February 2024. 

Kristin Hannah’s novels are known for their explorations of hope, the strength of the female spirit, and the vital and unique magic of female friendships. 

Here, we’ve curated your essential reading list, from historical fiction novel The Four Winds, to timeless stories of love, loss and survival.

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The Women

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for The Women

Frankie McGrath, a nursing student in 1965 California, has her world transformed when she hears, "Women can be heroes, too." Joining the Army Nurses Corps to follow her brother to Vietnam, Frankie faces the harsh realities of war and its aftermath. Amidst chaos and heartbreak, she finds strength in female friendship and learns the value of sacrifice and commitment. This emotionally charged novel illuminates the often-forgotten stories of women who bravely served their country. With a memorable heroine, searing insights, and lyrical beauty, The Women is a poignant tale of courage. 

Other books by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for The Nightingale

Set in France during the Second World War, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is a story of two sisters, Viann and Isabelle. The pair are reunited after Viann’s husband is sent to fight, with Isabelle travelling from Paris to rural France to support her sister. Together, they face extraordinary hardships and heartbreak. A multi-million-copy bestseller, this heartbreaking historical romance is being adapted into a film starring Elle and Dakota Fanning. 

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah’s beautiful novel about love and loss is the story of Leni, a teenage girl growing up in the shadow of her parent’s tumultuous marriage. Her mother will do anything for the man she loves, and Leni dares to hope that a move to Alaska will lead to a better future for her family. And soon Leni meets Matthew – thoughtful, kind and brave, he makes her believe there’s a better life out there . . . Kate Morton called it, ‘a rich, compelling novel of love, sacrifice and survival, as epic as the Alaskan landscape it so vividly describes.’

The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for The Four Winds

Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing, called Kristin Hannah's novel ‘powerful and compelling.’ Elsa Martinelli finally has everything she had wished for – a family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens her family and community, Elsa must decide whether to stay and fight for the land she loves or flee to California in search of a better life. 

Winter Garden

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Winter Garden

When Meredith and Nina’s father falls ill, they are brought back together with their cold, disapproving mother Anya. Their father asks the three women in his life for one more promise, and a story unfolds which spans sixty-five years and moves from war-torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. The story brings the three women together in a way they never expected, as Meredith and Nina finally learn the secret of their mother’s past. 

Home Front

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Home Front

This intimate portrait of a disintegrating marriage and the aftermath of war is full of hope, honour, loss and forgiveness. Michael and Jolen appear to have it all, but after twelve happy years together their relationship is in trouble. Then an unexpected deployment tears their family apart. When the worst happens, can they face their fears and fight for their family? 

Firefly Lane

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Firefly Lane

Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane opens in 1974. Kate Mularkey has accepted her place on the bottom rung of her school's social ladder. But then 'the coolest girl in the world,' Tully Hart, moves in across the street and wants to be Kate's best friend. The pair are inseparable for thirty years, until a terrible betrayal tears them apart. Firefly Lane has been adapted into a Netflix series starring Katherine Heigl as Tully Hart and Sarah Chalke as Kate Mularkey. Season two is out now.


by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Wild

When a six-year-old girl, speechless and alone, emerges from the impenetrable darkness of the Olympic National Forest, there is no clue to her identity. Child psychologist Dr Julia Cates begins working with the girl, but the shocking truth of her past will test the limits of Julia’s faith and strength.

Fly Away

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Fly Away

This touching novel is the story of three lost women who need one another to find their way again. When Tully Heart loses her best friend and sixteen-year-old Marah loses her mother, they both hit rock bottom. Tully’s mother, Cloud, wants to help, but she’s lived in a world of her own for most of her life, dependent on drugs, and Tully isn’t sure she can forgive her. But then something happens to make the three women realise what they have become. 

Night Road

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Night Road

Lexi and Mia don’t have a lot in common, but this doesn’t stop them becoming best friends from the moment they start high school. Mia’s incredibly good-looking twin brother Zach sails through life – until he falls in love . . . The summer they graduate will be one they never forget, because one moment will change them all forever. This Kristin Hannah book is a heartbreaking family tragedy which will have you shedding a tear before the last page.

True Colours

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for True Colours

 Kristin Hannah’s novel is an unforgettable story of jealousy, betrayal, passion and forgiveness. The Grey sisters, Winona and Vivi Ann, have always looked after each other. But when Vivi Ann makes a fateful decision everything changes – and a terrible crime threatens to tear their whole community apart.

Between Sisters

by Kristin Hannah

Book cover for Between Sisters

Kristin Hannah’s book Between Sisters is a funny, tender and moving exploration of a close relationship and the mistakes we make for love. Claire and Meghann have been estranged since Meghann made a terrible choice that cost her everything. Now the sisters are reuniting for Claire’s wedding, but can these sisters finally become a family? 

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