A guide to Kristin Hannah’s books

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale and Firefly Lane. If you’re new to Kristin Hannah’s books, here’s where to start. 

30/10/2020
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Kristin Hannah’s writing has been praised by Kate Morton and Karen Swan, and two highly anticipated adaptations of her novels are on the horizon – Netflix’s series Firefly Lane and feature film The Nightingale, starring Elle and Dakota Fanning. If you haven’t yet immersed yourself in one of Kristin Hannah’s books then what are you waiting for? Whether you want to slip into another time with sweeping historical fiction, meet inspiring female characters or have your heart broken and put back together again by stories of love, loss and survival, there’s a Kristin Hannah book for you. 



The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

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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 Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

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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. 

Fly Away

by Kristin Hannah

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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. 

Home Front

by Kristin Hannah

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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? 

Night Road

by Kristin Hannah

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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.

Winter Garden

by Kristin Hannah

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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. 

True Colours

by Kristin Hannah

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 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.

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Firefly Lane

by Kristin Hannah

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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.

Wild

by Kristin Hannah

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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.

Between Sisters

by Kristin Hannah

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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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