[Book Review] Nightingale by Susan May Warren

Posted 27 November, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:

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.

Don’t miss book 1 in this stand-alone collection, Sons of Thunder.

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan’s larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com .

My Review:
A history of Nazis, WWII, amazing characters and an author’s love are what make up this second installment in Susan May Warren’s Brothers in Arms collection. As I am typing this review, I am trying to determine which I liked best: Sons of Thunder, the first installment, or this one. I really LOVED Sons of Thunder so it’s hard to top it. Nightingale is full of historical details in an era that many people seem to have forgotten. An era that I would love to have been a part of…it just fascinates me to read about the way things were, how close people were and the styles of clothing (I know, I’m weird. What can I say? I was born about 40-50 years too late.). Susan’s particular attention to every little historical detail was phenomenal. Add a plot line that seems to come  to life before the reader’s eyes, and this book ranks up there with Sons of Thunder.

This novel has such an epic plot and incredible characters. Esther’s beautiful character immediately captured me. I was back in time, working beside Esther and her friend, Caroline as a Red Cross nurse. The 1940’s came to life, as I said above, for me as I read Esther’s story, felt her inner turmoil and confusion that one night of passion in the backseat of a soldier’s car caused her. It was a wonderful and sad feeling all wrapped up in one.

Peter, the medic Esther writes to after receiving a letter from her fiance Linus saying he was dead, really tugged at my heart. The letters he wrote to Esther were so sweet and felt like it was a REAL soldier writing. He just wanted Esther to feel loved and wanted. His character really filled this novel with depth and love. Through his letters to Esther, I started to feel jealous of her! Susan’s words that she put forth in Peter’s letters were just so incredible that I was wishing that it was ME that Peter was writing to and not the beautiful nightingale, Esther.

Yep, in case you didn’t realize it by now, I’ve come to the conclusion that, while I absolutely loved Sons of Thunder, Nightingale has topped it for me. Five star worthy and highly recommended to everyone. Military, romance, history and God’s redeeming love of second chances make up this truly epic novel! I can’t wait until Susan May Warren writes book three, Part the Waters,  for this collection!

You can purchase your copy here
*This book was provided for review by Wynn Wynn Media*



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