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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Review: Nightingale by Susan May Warren & Contest

Given a different day, a different hour, she might have jumped with him. That thought, perhaps, shook Esther most of all.

From the very first line of Nightingale, RITA award-winning author Susan May Warren grabbed my attention and never let go.

Set during WWII, Nightingale tells the story of Esther Lange, trapped in an engagement after a mistaken night of passion. Even though she doesn't love her fiance, she grieves when he's lost in battle.

The letters sent to her by Peter Hess, the medic who was at her fiance's side when he died, give her comfort. Esther begins corresponding with Peter, who is hiding a secret--something that could cost them bother their lives.

A compelling storyteller, Susie develops complex characters facing difficult choices. For Esther and Peter it's not a question of choosing good or bad, it's a question of choosing between to things of equal value.

I often flipped back and reread pages because of Susie's vivid storyworld. She weaves strong verbs into her sentences and paragraphs to strengthen the overall emotional impact of each scene. No word is wasted, be it dialogue or description.

Flip Nightingale

This is the last day to enter 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. Five runners-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 above.

Read what others are saying about Nightingale here.

*I received a complimentary copy of Nightingale to review, but was not compensated in any way to write a positive review.*


  1. I'm looking forward to getting this book and reading it over Christmas. Susie's storyworld takes my breath away. Lovely review, Beth!

  2. Great review, Beth. Totally pumped to read Susie's latest. It amazes me how she can write historical, contemporary, romance, suspense, mystery...and outright hilarity.

  3. I loved this book. Susan May Warren is a wonderful storyteller. I liked the way letters moved the story forward. Also, I found it interesting that American POW's worked on American farms and in canneries. Overall, this is a great read.

  4. Lisa and Melissa, you are in for an enthralling story!
    And, Roxanne, I agree. I loved how Susie wove letters through the story too.