When you read about this period and this war, you always wonder how these Germans could have went along with all the horrid things they were to do to the Jews. And you never think that they didn't all have the same opinion as Adolf Hitler. But many didn't want to fight in this war. Once you are in the military it's your duty to do as you are ordered. And all the things "ordered" are not right. This story showed that Peter was just that kind of soldier. He loved his country just not what his country was involved in at this time in history. I think we can all relate to this story. And Linus and Esther was caught up in the throws of war of their own. The things all these soldiers,doctors,nurses.etc. had to endure are commendable at best. We can never praise our soldiers,medics,service people enough. This is worth reading also for the history it entails. Another great read!
I was 100% with Susan in this wonderful and unique story until the last couple of pages when Rosemary and Esther "had" to become friends. In a time when blended families are SADLY the norm this might have happened; but NO way in the 40's. Rosemary and Linus would have had their life utterly separate from any contact with Esther and "her" daughter. Up until that point - a really entertaining story.
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.)
Historical fiction is my favorite kindÃ¢â¬âespecially when the story covers an aspect of history that I don't know much about. That's what "Nightingale" does. The historical part of the story focuses on the unique and sticky struggles faced by Germans living in America during World War II. Imagine the issues that would have come up with German POW's living in camps in America surrounded by some of their own relatives and friends who'd migrated and were living as free Americans, yet whose loyalties would have been a concern. This element of the story reminded me of the book made movie,"Summer of My German Soldier."
Yet history is only the background for this story that really is about God's love, forgiveness, and grace. Characters who have lost themselves in the sins of their past are found again in Christ. They learn that they don't have to stay prisoners of their mistakes. They can't live lives that will make them respectable in spite of their wrong choices. But they can turn to God Who will gladly set them free and enable them to live His way.
I enjoyed and recommend this bookÃ¢â¬âan intense and interesting story with a beautiful Christian message and lessons in history. If those are book elements you appreciate, you'll like reading "Nightingale," too.
I gladly thank the Litfuse Publicity Group for sending this book for my review.