Nightingale by Susan May Warren~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ November 29th, 2010


I’ve reviewed Susan May Warren’s book before and loved them. The PJ Sugar series and The Great Christmas Bowl were very enjoyable with a lot of humor. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and I admit it sat on my shelf for awhile while I caught up on some other reading.

When I started it, I was hooked by the 2nd or 3rd page. WOW! This is a very good book.

Susan writes in a captivating way and I enjoyed the whole book.

It’s set in WWII in a small town in Wisconsin.  Esther is a nurse in a hospital for returning soldiers and she waits to hear about her soldier.

Unfortunately, her soldier is not in love with her and she’s not in love with him. They have a child together and so they’re doing what’s right.

Esther lives with his parents while she waits for him to come back. They are not happy about Esther but they do love her child.

Esther receives a letter from a medic who cared for her fiance  on a battlefield and encloses a letter to her from her dying fiance . Esther writes to the medic–a boy who grew up in Iowa and they strike up a friendship. I can’t give it away, but this friendship is wrong on many levels! Or is it wrong?

Susan shares a message of forgiveness and God’s grace while sharing an exciting historical novel. She did a good job.

The story contains lots of twists and turns and just when you think it’s all working out, something happens to change everything.

I enjoyed the opportunity to review this book and you will enjoy reading it too!

About 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 farm boy. 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 Susan May Warren : Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill. A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

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, 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 here.

Contest info: The Letters From Home Giveaway!

Enter the Contest: Nightingale is about letters, the power of written correspondence to convey thoughts and emotions to those far away. And sometimes near. Letters are forever, they are something we savor and pull out to read again and again. They are often cherished and kept in a special place.

To celebrate the release of Nightingale, Susan would like you to write a letter. One grand prize winner will receive a Flip HD Camcorder. 5 runner’s up winners will win a signed copy of Nightingale. There are two ways to enter the contest by writing letters.

1. Write a letter to a soldier. At the end of the contest we’ll print out and mail your letter for you.

2. Write a letter to a friend, loved one, family member, enemy. Tell them something you wished you’d told them before. Tell them you love them, or maybe how they touched your life. Perhaps an apology is in order or a thank you. Or perhaps you’d like to relate a funny tale or just share life. Whatever it is, submit it here along with your email address and we’ll send it for you.

Enter here or at the SHARE page on the Brothers in Arms website. Or simply click on the button to the right.
Flip Nightingale

**I received a free copy of this book to review on my blog.**


1 Thought Shared to Nightingale by Susan May Warren~Book Review

  1. Barbara H.

    I can’t remember if I have ever read one of her books, but this one looks good.

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