Best Books by Kristin Hannah For Your 2021 Reading List


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Kristian Hannah is a former-lawyer-turned writer, who has written numerous bestselling novels such as, “The Nightingale”, The Great Alone, Firefly Lane and The Four Winds”. 

What I love most about Hannah’s novels is that they tell survival stories. The stories of courageous women who were able to get through the toughest of times. 

If you haven’t yet read any of Kristian Hannah’s novels I urge you to start with her latest novel – “The Four Winds, set in the 1930s, Texas.

And if you’ve already read some of her popular novels, this post has the complete list of books by Kristin Hannah. You can find all Hannah’s books in order and the best books ranked in the order of popularity. The post also has some suggestions of similar authors like Kristin Hannah you may love.

#10 Best Kristin Hannah’s books in order of Popularity

Top ten best books of Kristin Hannah’s according to the readers. The books are listed according to the Goodreads ratings.

#1 . The Nightingale

This New York Times bestseller and Good Reads choice 2015 winner, is a memorable tale of courage and hardships of women amidst the World War- the untold story of the home front.

The story primarily follows two sisters- Vianne, the good sister and Isabelle, the rebel. Vianne always dreamed of leading a quiet country life with her husband and children but once the war started her dreams are shattered, as Antoine is obliged to fight in WW2.  Soon after, in her husband’s absence, more hardships followed her. 

Meanwhile, Isabelle continues to be disobedient with everything and falls in love with the young man, Gaetan. But, when the unexpected happens she finds her way to an underground group and fights against the Nazis.  

An enthralling novel that will take you to the lives of courageous women during the WW2 war. 

“Haunting, action-packed, and compelling.” ―Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war, we find out who we are.” ― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

#2 The Great Alone

This instant New York Times bestseller follows a family that’s destined to follow an untamed life in the wild of Alaska. 

When Ernt Allbright comes home after the Vietnam war, he is violent and volatile. His wife and daughter have no choice but to follow his impulsive decisions, one of which is to move to the wild of Alaska.

Thirteen-year-old Leni is both anxious and excited about this new life, but she secretly hopes that the new land can give her family a new life. But soon when winter approaches, their life in the remote corner of life gets harder, and soon traumatic events take place that changes all of their lives.   

The utterly devastating portrayal of love, resilience and courage. 

“There are many great things about this book…It will thrill her fans with its combination of Greek tragedy, Romeo and Juliet-like coming of age story and domestic potboiler. She recreates in magical detail the lives of Alaska’s homesteaders…and is just as specific and authentic in her depiction of the spiritual wounds of post-Vietnam America. A tour de force.” ―Kirkus (starred review)

“You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska—the odds are good, but the goods are odd.”― Kristin Hannah, The Great Alone.

#3 Firefly Lane

This New York Times bestseller novel is a story of friendship that follows two best friends. Sprinkled with the young energy of the 70s and 80s, Firefly Lane is an epic story of loyalty and love. 

The novel opens in 1974, with the nerdy teenager Kate Mularkey. She has accepted herself as socially awkward, but when the popular girl, Tilly wants to be her friend, she is stunned. Soon both become inseparable. 

Over the next three decades, their friendship stands the test of time. When Tilly chooses an ambitious career, Kate chooses to live a quiet family life. However, they are yet to face another unexpected event that may tear them apart forever. 

A heartwarming novel that portrays a realistic story of 2 women’s friendships. 

“This terrific buddy saga about two best girlfriends who survive all sorts of escapades and catastrophes will inevitably provoke comparisons with Iris Dart’s ‘Beaches,’ but the story is all Hannah’s own.”— The Seattle Times

“That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours.”― Kristen Hannah, Firefly Lane

#4 The Four Winds

The Four Winds is another New York Times bestseller from Kristin Hannah, set in 1920s Texas. A sweeping novel that describes the trial and tribulation of the families in the severe dustbowl. 

Elsa Martinelli was never considered beautiful by her family nor by any young men she has ever known. However, when she finally gets the attention of Rafe Martinelli, she is smitten by him. Soon when her family finds out that she is pregnant with his child, her own family abandons her with Martinellis. For the first time ever, Elsa finds a new home on Martinelli’s farm. She worked harder than ever to raise her family until the Dustbowl hit. 

An epic survival story of a young woman and a captivating novel of hardships and love. 

“Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind. This mother’s soul, suffering the same drought as the land, attempts to cross deserts and beat starvation to save her children with a fierce inner strength called motherhood. A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself.”Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

“A warrior believes in an end she can’t see and fights for it. A warrior never gives up. A warrior fights for those weaker than herself. It sounds like motherhood to me.”― Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds

#5 Winter Garden

Winter Garden illuminates the themes of family and female bonding. The complex mother-daughter relationship and the enduring links throughout their lives. 

Anya has never been an affectionate mother. Her daughters Meredith and Nina gave up the idea of trying to know their Russian born mother. Although they chose to have different lives- Meredith as a stay-at-home-mom and farmer; Nina- as a travel photojournalist,  the sisters always stand by each other’s side.  

 When their father falls ill unexpectedly, the sisters come together in their grief, getting little or no comfort from their disapproving mother. 

On the death bed, their father requests them to read a Russian fairytale in order to get to know their mother. The chapters will unveil their mother’s life story. 

A powerful novel about a dysfunctional family.

“The author of Firefly Lane and True Colors has written another powerful story of misunderstanding, family love, and strong women…a fascinating story that weaves fairy tales into reality, fairy tales that don’t always have the expected endings.”— The Herald-News

“We women make choices for others, not for ourselves, and when we are mothers, we…bear what we must for our children. You will protect them. It will hurt you; it will hurt them. Your job is to hide that your heart is breaking and do what they need you to do.”― Kristin Hannah, Winter Garden

#6 Night Road

Night Road is another beautifully written, emotionally driven novel that will hook you from the start. An awe-inspiring novel that handles the themes of motherhood, loss and forgiveness. 

Jude Farraday is a perfect mom who puts others’ needs before hers. With her two kids – Mia and Zack, and her husband she lives happily in a little community. When Lexi, Mia’s best friend and a foster child joins the family gatherings, she welcomes her wholeheartedly. But the dark past of Lexi causes something unexpected that would break the future of the family. 

With a compelling storyline and characters, Night Road is another well-written novel by Kristin Hannah. 

Night Road is one special book that can transform the lives of readers by influencing how they think about certain important life issues. The reader becomes a first-hand witness to the pitfalls of parenthood, mortality, heartbreak, guilt, life choices, grief, forgiveness, and much more. In short, the entire range of human emotions are explored in this…hopeful book about the triumphant power of the human spirit in the process of forgiveness.”—New York Journal of Books

“Maybe time didn’t heal wounds exactly, but it gave you a kind of armour or a new perspective. A way to remember with a smile instead of a sob.”― Kristin Hannah, Night Road

#7 Magic Hour

Magic Hour is a riveting novel about resilience and courage that will warm your heart. 

The Story follows Julia Cates, who has been a popular child psychiatrist until a tragedy ruined her career. Later, she is called by her sister-Ellie, a police chief, to work with a feral child from Pacific Northwest. So she packs up in a determination to do everything she can in order to save the child.   

A gripping read that you don’t want to miss. 

“A wonderful novel—wild, radiant, and vivid. Kristin Hannah writes with a great heart.”— Luanne Rice, author of Summer of Roses

“Love rips the shit out of you and puts you back together like a broken toy, with all kinds of cracks and edges. It’s not about falling in love. It’s about the landing, the staying where you said you’d be and working to keep the love strong.”― Kristin Hannah, Magic Hour

#8 Fly Away

Fly Away is the sequel to Hannah’s bestselling novel, Firefly Lane. This book will surely take you on an emotional ride.

Tully Hart has always achieved anything that she wishes for. She always thought she was capable of handling any adversities in her life. But when her best friend, Kate Ryan, leaves forever, she is shattered. She tries her best to fulfil the promise to her best friend, which she has no idea how to carry out to look after the children. 

And then there is Kate’s daughter, who pulls further away from the family. And falls in love with the wrong man. 

Amidst all this, the vulnerable Tully must get help from Dorothy Hart, who has been an unstable mother. 

A wonderful squeal that you won’t be able to forget. 

“When you’re a mom, you learn about fear. You’re always afraid. Always. About everything from cupboard doors to kidnappers to weather.”― Kristin Hannah, Fly Away

#9 Home Front

Home Front is an emotional portrayal of modern marriages and the aftermath of war. 

The novel follows the couple, Michael and Jolene who have been married for twelve -years. Despite the long years together, their marriage is falling apart. But when Jolene gets deployed to Iraq, she is forced to leave her children in the hands of her husband who is not accustomed to being a single parent.  

Home Front addresses everything military families deal with. A heartbreakingly beautiful novel portrayal of love, loss and heroism. 

Home Front is Hannah’s crowning achievement.” The Huffington Post

“Marriages go through hard times. Sometimes you have to get in there and fight for your love. That’s the only way for it to get better.”― Kristin Hannah, Home Front

#10 True Colours

True Colours is an unforgettable novel about three sisters, broken apart by betrayal, rivalry and forgiveness. 

The novel follows The Grey sisters- Winona, Aurora and Vivi Ann. They have been close since their mother’s death. The elder sister- Winona always felt that she doesn’t have enough qualities to be in her father’s good books. She can’t help but be envious of her younger sister, who seems to have it all, including her secret lover. Although Aurora always tries to bring peace to the family, things don’t always go right. 

True colours is a captivating story of family dynamics with unforgettable characters. 

“Kristin Hannah delivers a captivating saga about the powerful bond between sisters, the tensions that can break a family, and the healing effect of love….Brims with surprises and genuine insight. It’s a juicy, curl-up-and-savor-it kind of book.”— Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club

“The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.   —” Kristin Hannah, True Colors

Kristin Hannah books in order

Should you read Hannah‘s books in order? Well, it’s up to you. I have started with her latest standalone novel, “The Four Winds”. Followed by her bestselling novel “The Great Alone”.

Kristin Hannah‘s Standalone Novels

  1. A Handful of Heaven
  2. The Enchantment
  3.  Once in Every life
  4. Harvest Hearts
  5. If You Believe
  6. When Lightning Strikes
  7. Waiting for the Moon
  8. Home Again
  9. On Mystic Lake
  10. Angel Falls
  11. Summer Island
  12. Distant Shores
  13. Between Sisters
  14. The Things We Do for Love
  15. Comfort and Joy
  16. Magic Hour 
  17. True Colours
  18. Winter Garden
  19. Night Road
  20. Home Front
  21.  The Nightingale
  22. The Great Alone
  23. The Four Winds

Firefly Lane Series    

  1. Firefly Lane
  2. Fly Away

Books turned into movies

Kristian Hannah’s bestselling novel Firefly Lane is a Netflix original series, starring Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl. It premiered on February 3rd, 2021.  

Another international bestseller, The Nightingale will be hitting the big screen in 2022, which stars Elle and Dakota Fanning.

Hannah’s bestsellers “The Great Alone” and “Home Front” have also been optioned for films. 

Interview with Kristin Hannah

Author Kristin Hannah discusses her new book The Four Winds and answers viewers’ questions about The Four Winds.  Watch The Today Show-Read With Jenna.

Kristin Hannah book recommendations

Here is a list of books that the bestselling author recommends. 

Authors similar to Kristin Hannah

If you like Kristin Hannah’s novels, here are a few authors you might love. Authors who tell the story of unforgettable female characters. Emotionally complex novels that focus on relationships. 

There you have the complete list of Kristin Hannah books. And few similar authors to read after Hannah. 

Have you read any of Kristin Hannah books? What are your favourites?

Let me know in the comments,

Always curious to hear from you!

Stephy

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