I have had a very difficult time writing a review for Nightingale – not because I didn’t like it but because I don’t want my review to be a spoiler. Nightingale is one more example of why Susan May Warren is on my list of don’t miss authors. Her writing is skillful, her characters well rounded, and her plots are almost always unpredictable. In addition, Susan’s attention to details and inclusion of sometimes obscure historical facts make each of  her historical novels a satisfying experience.

Nightingale is an intriguing look at life in the small town of Roosevelt, Wisconsin during the last days of World War 2 where Esther Lange and her friend Caroline work as Red Cross nurses. Esther and her daughter live in the attic of the parents of her fiance Linus, a man she does not love but who is the father of her child. Esther has not heard from him for an extended time and doesn’t know if he is even alive when she receives a letter from Peter who encountered an injured Linus on the battlefield. A correspondence begins between them that leads to a serious friendship that becomes complicated when Peter’s secrets become public.

Nightingale is a story filled with characters who experience a gamut of emotions that includes anger, guilt, grief and despair. It illustrates the power of forgiveness and how God’s grace always prevails and His timing is always perfect. I enjoyed Nightingale and highly recommend it to lovers of historical romance.

This book was provided for review by Amy Lathrop with LitFuse Publicity.


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.


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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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.

See what other reviewers have to say about Nightingale HERE.