Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nightingale by Susan May Warren

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 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.

Margie's Comments: Susan May Warren has come through with another winner with Nightingale. Set at the end of World War 2, the angst of decisions made in haste eats away at the main characters of the story. I related to the story as it brought to memory my husband's parents' whirlwind romance in 1942. This could have been their story, given the circumstances and the manner of their meeting. 

As I read the book, I kept thinking of the verse in Isaiah that says: "To all who mourn . . . [God] will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair" (61:3 NLT). Esther and Peter learn the truth of this verse as they draw closer to God through the circumstances of their past and present. 

As a writer and editor, I appreciate Susan's books on another level, as well. After sitting in her Storycrafter's Seminar last month in Denver, I have a vivid example of how she puts her craft to work in creating a satisfying story. 
For anyone who loves historical fiction, I highly recommend this book.

(This book was provided by LitFuse Publicity Group for review.)

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 at: <> .

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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.

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