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Monday, March 14, 2011

My review of Nightingale by Susan May Warren. This is a five star read!

Nightingale (Brothers in Arms Collection, No. 2)

About the book:

Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancĂ©—she’s trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion.
Still, she grieves him when he’s lost in battle, the letters sent to her by the medic at his side giving her a strange comfort, so much that she strikes up a correspondence with Peter Hess, an Iowa farmboy. Or is he? Peter Hess is not who he seems. Indeed, he’s hiding a secret, something that could cost them both their lives, especially when the past comes back to life. A bittersweet love song of the home front war between duty and the heart...a battle where only one will survive.
My review:
Wow. Wow. Wow. This was one of those books that is both tender and gut-wrenching. It was romantic and suspenseful. It was filled with historical detail and characterization that was rewarding to read and planted me firmly in that time period. I especially loved the letters. And the romance was breath-taking. It totally swept me away. Seriously.

Nightingale holds so much spiritual truth and depth. I found the novel to be not only entertaining, but insightful, complex and rewarding to read. It loved it not just because it was a good story, but like Sons of Thunder, it was a story that went way beyond the surface. It was a story that touched me deeply. I am totally in love with Susan May Warren's historicals. I just wish I'd read this sooner, like when it first released in November so it could have made my favorites list. This is the kind of story that has the potential to be life changing. It really stirred my heart and left me with a glow at the end that was hard to shake.

I love having a lump in my throat and feeling my heart ache because I care so much about the characters. This story made me feel like I was sitting at the edge of my seat several times. I didn't want to do anything else. I had to see what happened. Will she or won't she? Could she or shouldn't she? Does he or doesn't he? Lots of questions and very rich in detail. Also, the answers that were given weren't pat answers, but ones that were true to life. I really loved this story. I can't say too much because many of the key points that spoke to my heart would also be spoilers if I shared them. Guess you'll just have to read this one yourself to find out why I loved it so much. Oh, and Peter Hess is one hot hero, not to mention very heroic. I fell in love with him, too. 
Nightingale was published by Summerside Press and released in November 2010.
NOTE: The description of this book is accurately described above. Some other online sites have the old summary with the wrong name... just in case you get confused. The hero is Peter Hess as I noted above, not Wolfgang. 
This book was provided to me for review by Wynn Wynn Media. :) This review is completely my own. I was not compensated in any way for my opinion of this book.


Margaret Metz said...

Sounds like one I need to add to my list. :o)

Anonymous said...

I love Susan May Warren's books. Thanks for this review....I already have it on my list to read!

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