World War II is over, but the personal war that Esther Lange is fighting, rages on.
Haunted by her past mistake of giving in to a brief, senseless moment of passion, Esther is an unwed mother raising her daughter alone. She’s trying to do the right thing and wait for her fiance’ to come home from the war, but finds herself under the constant scrutiny and disapproving eye of her fiance’s parents. They are convinced that Esther has purposely trapped their son Linus, into marrying her and Esther desperately tries to hide the fact that she’s not in love with Linus.
Shocked when she receives a letter indicating that Linus may be dead, she grieves for the father of her child although she doesn’t want to marry him. Confused about the lack of information regarding his whereabouts, Esther begins to correspond with Peter Hess, the medic who attended Linus on the battlefield and the one to notify Esther. Over time, their correspondence becomes more than a friendship on paper and Esther is surprised to find that she’s falling in love with Peter, who is also hiding his secrets from his past.
With a plot this captivating, you’ll have a hard time putting this book down. I found myself holding my breath many times while reading Nightingale; just when I thought I knew where the story was going, Susan May Warren threw in an unexpected twist. Readers will definitely not be bored with this story! Fans of historical fiction will find the background information about the POW camps interesting. I hadn’t previously read much about the camps where German prisoners of war were hosted and sent to work in canneries and farms, from 1942 – 1946, another important part of our American history.
This book was provided free for review by LitFuse
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.
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