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Kristin Hannah is an American #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of more than 20 novels.

Born in Garden Grove, California, she studied law in Washington and practiced in Seattle before becoming a full-time writer.

The Nightingale (2015), published in 43 languages across the globe, is currently in movie production at TriStar Pictures, along with the novel, The Great Alone (2017). Home Front (2012) on the other hand has been optioned for film by 1492 Films.

Kristin currently lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her husband and their son.

More about Kristin Hannah

Genres: Historical Fiction, Womens' Fiction

Born: 1960

United States

Website: https://kristinhannah.com

Non Series
  • A Handful of Heaven (1991)
  • The Enchantment (1992)
  • Once in Every Life (1992)
  • If You Believe (1993)
  • When Lightnings Strikes (1994)
  • Waiting for the Moon (1995)
  • Home Again (1996)
  • On Mystic Lake (1999)
  • Angel Falls (2000)
  • Summer Island (2001)
  • Distant Shores (2002)
  • Between Sisters (2003)
  • The Things We Do for Love (2004)
  • Comfort & Joy (2005)
  • Magic Hour (2006)
  • Firefly Lane (2008)
  • True Colors (2009)
  • Winter Garden (2010)
  • Night Road (2011)
  • Home Front (2012)
  • Flay Away (2013)
  • The Nightingale (2015)
  • The Great Alone (2017)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

A Handful of Heaven

Devon O'Shea sets camp in the Yukon Territory in the hope of finding gold, but instead finds Stone Man McKenna, a mountainous and hunky blend of hostility who is convinced that there is no room for women in the Yukon.

When attempts at convincing her end up with a savage kiss, Devon— for the first time in her life—ignites a feminine side that makes her feel alive. This feeling makes her wonder if she could very well have found the gold she was looking for.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1991
Ebook: B01K2D98FW
Publisher: Thorndike Press
The Enchantment

Emmaline Hatter was an intelligent, attractive and wealthy Wall Street financier in the nineteenth century, until she lost a fortune in the crash of 1893.

Determined to get back on her feet, she joins Dr. Larence Digby and heads south in his search for the mythical lost city of Cibola, believed to be rich in gold.

Whereas Emmaline was accustomed to getting things done her own way, there was no way that Larence was going to give up control of his exploration journey to a woman.

However, in place full of magic, they must learn to believe and trust each other with their lives, their secrets, and their hearts!

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-1568954486
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Once in Every Life

Tess Gregory is able to hide the fact that she yearns for a husband and child through her accomplished career as a research scientist. She may be deaf, but Tess is a free spirited woman full of life and love.

Hit by a bus, the twentieth-century scientist finds herself in post-Civil War America, in the body of a farmwoman by the name Amarylis Rafferty. She is now a wife and a mother of three, with fully restored hearing abilities.

Puzzled and bewildered by her new surroundings, she is faced with the challenge of taking care of the family, none more so that her volatile husband, Jack, who was once a Confederate soldier.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0816158270
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
If You Believe

Mariah Throckmorton was a woman struggling to escape from a controversial past. Mad Dog Stone was a wanderer in search of a quick job.

When he walks into her life, Mad Dog Stone endangers her peace of mind, bringing out emotions she struggled to conceal.

Theirs is a love against all odds and difficult to hold. In their journey together, the two will learn that love only exists if you believe.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1993
ISBN: 978-0816159659
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
When Lightnings Strikes

Romance writer Alaina Costanza has resigned on dreams and fairy tales. That’s until she goes back in time one stormy night—to the Wild West of her latest novel.

Shocked and confused, she is abducted by Killian, her own character who is a coldhearted outlaw. It's all too real to be a “dream” when Alaina and Killian spark an intense romance.

But having left her child behind, Alaina is desperate to return to the future which is a hundred years away.

When they agree to put everything on the line for the sake of Alaina’s child, they’ll need to get very lucky to have a happy ending.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1994
Ebook: B00F3MF68G
Publisher: Fawcett
Waiting for the Moon

She has no idea who she is or how she arrived at the mansion on the deserted Maine coast. Lost in a strange world, Selena finds comfort in a man equally as lonely.

The man in question is Ian Carrick, a smart physician who has withdrawn from the society having been tormented by a telepathic gift.

Immune to his psychic powers, Selena brings life to his dark world. Ian believes in life and himself again, until a strange force from the past terrorizes their fairytale world.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-0449149096
Publisher: Random House
Home Again

Madelaine Hillyard is household name in the world of heart surgery. Although she is the very best at her job, her personal life isn’t as appealing.

She is an exhausted single mom often at loggerheads with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lina. Rebellious in every sense of the word, all Lina wants is to find her father who left before she was born.

Angel DeMarco walked out on Madelaine, and fatherhood, in search of money and fame. He however reemerges several years later, albeit as a patient in desperate need of help from the same people he betrayed.

This book is about the incredibly amazing possibility of second chances.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-0345530820
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Mystic Lake

Having received a damning confession from her husband, who admits that he is in love with a younger woman, a heartbroken Annie Colwater retreats to her small hometown.

It is there that she has a chance encounter with her first love, Nick Delacroix. Recently widowed, Nick is having a hard time dealing with his quiet, emotionally wounded young daughter.

The three people however merge forces and gradually begin to heal. But just when she seems to have gotten a second chance at happiness, Annie is forced to make a decision that no woman in love should ever have to make.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0345471178
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Angel Falls

Liam is forced to take care of his saddened and frightened children after his beloved wife, Mikaela Campbell, falls into a coma.

For several days, he loyally sits by her bedside, narrating stories of the beautiful life and family they have built together, hoping without wavering that she will one day wake up.

Then one day, he comes across evidence of his wife’s hidden past. It turns out that Mikaela was once married to Julian True, a man who no woman could neither resist nor forget.

Determined more than ever to bring Mikaela back, Liam enlists the help of the one person who could trigger her response. He is also the one person who could take her away from him, forever.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0345484277
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Summer Island

Nora Bridge walked out on her husband and her daughters. Several years later, she has become a popular radio talk-show host and newspaper columnist admired for her moral advice.

Ruby, her youngest daughter, is a struggling comedienne whose resentment towards her famous mother inspires her cynical humor.

When Nora sustains injuries in an accident, a magazine offers Ruby a handsome amount, if only she writes a tell-all about her mother.

Under false pretenses, Ruby returns home to take care of her estranged mother. It’s only then that she discovers that Nora isn’t the woman she despised for all those years.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0345483447
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Distant Shores

Married at a young age, Elizabeth and Jackson Shore raised two daughters, and overcame overwhelming odds to build a future together. The two however drift apart after their children move out.

Elizabeth decides to leave everything behind and follow Jack after he accepts an alluring new job offer across the country—until the unexpected death of her father.

Saddened, she moves to a deserted beach house where she packs away the remaining pieces of her parents’ lives. It is there that she discovers a story of steadfast devotion that she has never felt in her own marriage.

Disillusioned, Elizabeth makes a desperate decision in an attempt to find second happiness.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0345469373
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Between Sisters

Meghann Dontess is haunted by heartache. Some twenty-seven years ago, she was forced to make a tough choice, a choice that made her lose everything, including the love of her sister, Claire.

Now an adept divorce attorney, Meghann has no room for love in her life, until she meets the one man who makes her have a change of heart.

Claire Cavenaugh has for the first time in her life found love. With her wedding day on the horizon, she braces herself—ready to meet her judgmental older sister whom she hasn’t seen in more than two decades.

During the hot Pacific Northwest summer, Meghann and Claire will strive to become something they never were: a family.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0345519467
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The Things We Do for Love

High School. College. Marriage. Motherhood. That’s how Angela DeSaria Malone thought her life would turn out. But after she and her husband fail to have a child after trying for several years, their marriage collapses.

Divorced, Angie moves back to her hometown to live with her family.
It is there that she finds love again, and meets Lauren Ribid, the one girl that will change her life forever.

Seventeen-year-old Lauren lives in an old apartment with her drunkard mother. Abandoned by her mother, she moves in with Angie who welcomes her with open arms.

Yearning for a daughter and desperate to feel the love of a mother, the two will draw lessons of what it truly means to be a family.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0345520807
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Comfort & Joy

Joy Candellaro loved Christmas...a lot!

Now recently divorced and distant from her sister, she has lost every enthusiasm of the festivities.

Determined to move on, she instantly flies to the rural Northwest, only for her plane to crash in a deep forest. Lucky to be alive, Joy decides to embark on a holiday adventure.

Daniel O’Shea moves back to Rain Valley after the death of his ex-wife. A single dad, his six-year-old son Bobby isn’t making it easy for him, given that it will be his first Christmas without a mother.

When fate brings Joy and Bobby together, their two lonely souls entwine, and learn what it really means to be a family.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2005
Ebook: B00FFBLGPC
Publisher: Random House
Magic Hour

A six-year-old girl mysteriously appears from a forest; speechless, not knowing who she is or anything about her past.

Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, until a terrible scandal destroyed her career, making her fodder for the media.

So when Ellie, her estranged sister and police chief in their tiny western Washington hometown, gives her a distressed call, she takes the chance with open arms.

Despite losing her own confidence after the scandal, Julia strives to assist the young girl. With the state and federal authorities threatening to lock the “wild child” away, Julia will need the help of her distant sister and the handsome Dr. Max Cerrasin to assist the girl.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0345522184
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Firefly Lane

It’s summer of 1974. Kate Mularkey, an eighth-grade student, has no social life.

So you can image how amazed she was when Tully Hart, the coolest girl she knows, moves in across the street and befriends her. Tully is a seamless match of beauty and brains while Kate is uncool in every sense of the word.

Although the two girls are polar opposites at face value, they become inseparable by the end of the summer; even making a pact to be best friends forever.

Tully and Kate think they have mastered the art of friendship, until one act of treachery tears them apart.

This is the story of love, loss, and friendship spanning over three decades.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0312537074
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
True Colors

The Grey sisters are best friends who grew even closer after the death of their mother.

Their disapproving father Henry Grey, however only care about his reputation in the community.

A great and accomplished lawyer, Winona, the oldest sister, struggles to win her father’s approval.

Aurora, the middle sister, however serves as the mediator and family peacemaker while the beautiful and big-hearted Vivi Ann is the star of the family.

For Vivi Ann, everything comes easily, until a stranger comes to town…

Soon, sister will turn against sister in ways previously unimagined.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0312606121
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Winter Garden

 “If you open the door to your mother’s past, you might end up finding your own future…”

Sisters Meredith and Nina Whitson couldn’t be any different. One went on to become a celebrated photojournalist while the other stayed at home to raise her children and run the family apple orchard.

Years later, the two estranged women are reunited, but only because their father is on his last breaths. Anya, their mother, is however still as unemotional and disapproving as ever.

While on his death bed, their father narrates one gripping love story that will unite the three women.

It’s only then that the sisters uncover dark secrets of their mother’s past that will shake their entire family.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0312663155
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Night Road

For eighteen years, Jude Farraday got everything right when it came to raising her children, as twins Mia and Zach have grown up to be smart and happy teenagers.

When Lexi Baill, a former foster child with a shadowy past, moves into their small, tight-knit community, she is warmly welcomed by Jude.

Lexi quickly becomes best friends with Mia, and when Zach falls in love with her, the three become inseparable.

However, Lexi will lose everything and the Farraday family will be destroyed after a single mistake in one hot summer’s night.

In the ensuing years, each of them must either find a way to forget or muster the courage to forgive.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0312364434
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Home Front

“All marriages have a breaking point. All wars have a cost…”

Children, careers, bills, chores; Michael and Jolene’s twelve year marriage faces the challenges of everyday life just live every other couple.

When Jolene is unexpectedly deployed as part of her service to the nation, Michael suddenly finds himself at home taking care of their two girls—unaccustomed to being a single parent.

Devastated that she has to leave her family, Jolene writes letters home depicting a sugarcoated version of her life on the front lines.

War however changes her in ways that she couldn’t have imagined. And when tragedy strikes, Michael finds himself facing his darkest fear.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1250023278
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Flay Away

Nothing could ever come between teenage friends Tully Hart and Kate Mularky. Growing up in the seventies, Tully was the coolest girl in school while Kate was the geeky reserved one.

But stories sometimes end, and new ones begin.

Several years later, Tully is a woman still trying to come to terms with the loss of her best friend. She wants to fulfill her promise of being there for Kate’s children, but how no idea where to begin.

Marah Ryan, Kate’s sixteen-year-old daughter, is just as lost as Tully is; with her life plunging into a dangerous path after she meets a young man.

Dorothy Hart, Tully’s mother, walks back into her daughter’s life begging for another chance to be a good mother.

This is the story of three women brought together by tragedy, and in search of redemption.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1250031815
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
The Nightingale

“In war we find out who we really are.”

The year is 1939. In the small village of Carriveau, France. Vianne Mauriac bids her husband, Antoine, goodbye as he goes to war. Although she believes that the Nazis won’t invade France, they do. And war comes to her doorstep.

Isabelle, Vianne’s sister, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl desperately searching for purpose. When she fatefully meets Gäetan, a partisan convinced that the French can fight the Nazis from within France, Isabelle recklessly falls in love with him.

But an act of treachery by the man she loves makes Isabelle join the Resistance; risking her life on time without number just to save others.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1250080400
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
The Great Alone

Ernt Allbright, a former POW in the Vietnam War, returns home a broken and volatile man. After losing yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move with his entire family to Alaska.

Leni, their thirteen-year-old girl desperate for a sense of belonging, hopes that moving up North will mark the beginning of a better chapter for her family. Cora, her mother, will go to the ends of the earth for the man she loves.

The isolated yet tight-knit Alaska community turns out to be exactly what they had hoped for.

But as winter darkness descends on the state, Ernt’s fragile mental state worsens and the family begins to disintegrate.

Author: Kristin Hannah
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1250229533
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin