Winner and best-selling author Kristin Hannah is best known for her books The Nightingale and Firefly Lane, both of which have been made into Netflix shows. However, most of Hannah’s work is about moving romances with heartbreaking twists. Her most recent works have been vivid historical fiction stories that take readers back and forth through the years.
People on Goodreads helped us figure out which of Kristin Hannah’s best books they thought were the best. With more than 125 million users, Goodreads lets people rate, review, and recommend books they’ve read. People who use Goodreads have ranked the best Kristin Hannah books. Whether you’re a new fan or a long-time one, these are the books you should read.
“The Nightingale” is Kristin Hannah’s most popular book on Goodreads. It has almost 600,000 five-star reviews from people who have read it. They are two sisters who live in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The book is very moving. Isabelle, 18, bravely risked her life to join the Resistance. Vianne is left at home to protect her daughter and herself as a German captain takes over her house while her husband is away.
‘The Great Alone’
When Ernt Allbright comes back from the Vietnam War, he is broken and unstable. He moves his family to the Alaskan wilderness, where he wants to live off the land with other people who are also very independent. But when the harsh winter darkness comes, the Allbright family finds out that they aren’t as physically and mentally ready as they had thought they were.
One summer in 1974, Tully and Kate were so close that they couldn’t live without each other. They formed a friendship that would last a long time. As the years go by, Tully and Kate keep each other afloat in each other’s stormy lives. Then, a betrayal that will change their lives forever puts their bond to the test to the fullest.
‘The Four Winds’
People in the early 1930s are going through a terrible drought in Texas, which makes families think about whether to fight for their land or move to a new place for a better life. This historical fiction book is a portrait of the strength of American women. It follows young Elsa Martinelli as she tries to make a decision during the Dust Bowl era, which was a very dark time in history.
“Winter Garden” is a book that looks at the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter through the eyes of two very different sisters, Meredith and Nina, who are brought home because their father is sick. For years, the sisters had little in common but old memories and their mother’s disdain. Finally, the sisters learn the truth about their mother’s past, which changes everything about their family and their own lives.
A stay-at-home mom, Jude, puts the needs of her kids first. Whenever former foster child Lexi comes into her twins’ lives, she is welcomed by their mother, and the three kids become best friends. If something bad happens, everyone blames Lexi, and she has to leave behind the closest thing she’s ever known. Years later, Lexi comes back to Jude, the past, and the night that changed their lives for good.
It’s recommended that you read “Firefly Lane” first to truly understand the depth of heartbreak in “Fly Away.” It doesn’t matter how hard Kate works to fight breast cancer. Her best friend, Tully, promises to be there for her kids in any way that she can. It is a hard time for Tully and Kate’s family to deal with their loss in this story about forgiveness and redemption. Tully is trying to keep Kate’s two daughters safe and come to terms with her own past in this story.
Dr. Julia Cates went back to her hometown after a sudden tragedy ruined her job as a child psychiatrist. A strange six-year-old girl comes out of the woods near where Julia lives. Julia wants to save the girl even if it means asking for help.
For 12 years, Michael and Jolene have been married, and they’re already having a hard time in their daily lives. When Jolene is sent on a dangerous deployment, Michael is left to look after their two daughters at home. As a family tries to calm their fears from the other side of the world, Jolene tries to do what she can to help them. But when a terrible accident happens, Michael is forced to live out his worst nightmare.
When their mother died, the Grey sisters leaned on each other and their bond grew stronger. This is the story of “True Colors.” If they don’t fight through the tension and forgive each other in this heartfelt and moving story, their sisterhood could be broken apart. It’s a story that many people love because of its romantic and dramatic parts.
After a misunderstanding when Meg was 16 and Claire was 9 years old, the sisters split up. It looked like the split would last for a long time. It’s only now that Meg has decided to take a break from her job as a lawyer to help Claire get ready for her wedding. She wants to be the family they’ve always wanted.
‘On Mystic Lake’
When Annie Colwater’s husband tells her that he’s in love with a younger woman, she goes back to her hometown to get over it and meets her first love, Nick Delacrox, again. A shocking twist forces Annie to make an impossible decision. As Nick recovers and tries to help his daughter deal with her own loss, the three of them find comfort in each other until the shocking twist.
It’s been more than a decade since Ruby’s mother, a famous talk show host who left her husband and two daughters behind when she left their home, but Ruby is still angry about it. Nora’s past has been revealed, and Ruby is offered money to write a book that tells the truth about her past. Kristin Hannah’s book “Ruby” is about Ruby’s return to her family home, where she faces her mother’s past and her own.
‘The Things We Do for Love’
Angela DeSaria Malone thought her life would go the same way as for her sisters and cousins: high school, college, marriage, and motherhood. It didn’t work out that way for her, though. It doesn’t work out for Angela and her husband to stay together after she keeps failing to get pregnant. When she moves back to her hometown, she meets a teenage girl who will change her life for good.
“Angel Falls” is a book about Liam Campbell, a man who stays by his wife’s bedside every day, even though the doctor told him that she might not wake up from her coma. When Liam learns that his wife had a previous marriage, he knows he has to ask her ex-husband for help in the hope that she will get better.
Elizabeth and Jackson Shore looked like they had a beautiful and happy life. When their daughters leave home, the couple starts to drift apart. When Jack gets a great job, Elizabeth decides to follow him. But a terrible accident makes her question everything about her life and decide who she wants to be.
A heart surgeon named Madeline Hillyard has a teenage daughter who feels more like a stranger to her every day. She is angry, resentful, and desperate to find the father who left her so many years ago, but she doesn’t know where to look. When her father, Angel DeMarco, comes back into their lives, even though he broke her heart, he wants to be a patient.