Book Review: Nightingale

16 Nov

Nightingale Esther Lange doesn’t love her fiancé—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.

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Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

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My Impressions:

Susan May Warren’s newest book, Nightingale, explores freedom — that illusive idea that sometimes feels like it has no basis in reality.  The characters in this novel struggle with the notion of real freedom. They are trapped by their own mistakes, decisions made by others and the conventional ideas of right and wrong.  Set in the waning days of WWII, Nightingale speaks across the years and through our experiences to whisper the promise of freedom.

Esther Lange is trapped in a situation caused by a night of mistakes and guilt.  She is no longer a woman in charge of her own destiny, but caught in a life dictated by duty and right and wrong. Peter Hess was trapped into serving in the German army to save his parents.  Now imprisoned in a POW camp in Wisconsin, he struggles with what God is really calling him to do.  The two meet through a letter and continue their relationship despite their personal circumstances and the condemnation of the world.

A wonderful story of love, redemption, and freedom, Nightingale shows the wooing of  God through His grace and love.  This book is not just for lovers of historical fiction, but for anyone wanting to experience good storytelling underscored by the promises of God.

Highly Recommended

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(I received Nightingale from Litfuse Publicity in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)





The first book in the Brother’s in Arms series is also available in the RBC Library.

Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these “sons of thunder” offers a future she longs for, the other—the past she lost. From the sultry Chicago jazz clubs of the roaring twenties to the World War II battlefields of Europe to a final showdown in a Greek island village, they’ll discover betrayal, sacrifice and finally redemption. Most of all, when Sophie is forced to make her choice, she’ll learn that God honors the promises made by the Sons of Thunder.