Nightingale

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Wolfgang Jager has found himself on the wrong side of a world war. Esther Lange is trapped inside a war of her own. Can loving their enemies set them both free? Wolfgang Jager grew up in Mason City, Iowa. So, what’s he doing fighting for the Germans? If only his parents hadn’t moved back to their native Germany when they believed Hitler to be a hero. It’s almost a relief when he is captured by the Americans and sent to a Wisconsin POW camp. When the darkness turns to nightmare and Wolfgang is accused of murder, ...
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Overview

Wolfgang Jager has found himself on the wrong side of a world war. Esther Lange is trapped inside a war of her own. Can loving their enemies set them both free? Wolfgang Jager grew up in Mason City, Iowa. So, what’s he doing fighting for the Germans? If only his parents hadn’t moved back to their native Germany when they believed Hitler to be a hero. It’s almost a relief when he is captured by the Americans and sent to a Wisconsin POW camp. When the darkness turns to nightmare and Wolfgang is accused of murder, can he stand firm in his faith - and snatch the woman he loves out of the mouths of lions?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609360252
  • Publisher: Summerside Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,344,383
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan May Waren is an award-winning, best-selling novelist of over twenty-four novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, she returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church. You can find her online at: www.susanmaywarren.com
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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    Beauty for Ashes

    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.)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

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    You won't want to put it down!

    I've never been a fan of any books that take place during war time and this book takes place during WWII, the difference in other books I've read and this one is that I loved this book.
    I read at night before I go to sleep and it only took two nights to read this book...I kept getting up and getting a drink,washing my face, whatever to stay awake. I did not want to put it down.
    I loved the way it is written because I really felt involved with the characters. I found myself talking to them...NO! don't you dare! and best of all YES!
    (what? Yall don't talk to yourself?
    .....quit lying!)
    It has a a history in it that I never really heard much of which includes the German POW camps that I enjoyed learning more about.

    This book is about mistakes,love found,love lost,secrets and friendships. Sounds like real life...
    I recommend Nightingale to everyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    An Epic Historical MUST Read!

    A history of Nazis, WWII, amazing characters and an author's love are what make up this second installment in Susan May Warren's Brothers in Arms collection. As I am typing this review, I am trying to determine which I liked best: Sons of Thunder, the first installment, or this one. I really LOVED Sons of Thunder so it's hard to top it. Nightingale is full of historical details in an era that many people seem to have forgotten. An era that I would love to have been a part of...it just fascinates me to read about the way things were, how close people were and the styles of clothing (I know, I'm weird. What can I say? I was born about 40-50 years too late.). Susan's particular attention to every little historical detail was phenomenal. Add a plot line that seems to come to life before the reader's eyes, and this book ranks up there with Sons of Thunder. This novel has such an epic plot and incredible characters. Esther's beautiful character immediately captured me. I was back in time, working beside Esther and her friend, Caroline as a Red Cross nurse. The 1940's came to life, as I said above, for me as I read Esther's story, felt her inner turmoil and confusion that one night of passion in the backseat of a soldier's car caused her. It was a wonderful and sad feeling all wrapped up in one. Peter, the medic Esther writes to after receiving a letter from her fiance Linus saying he was dead, really tugged at my heart. The letters he wrote to Esther were so sweet and felt like it was a REAL soldier writing. He just wanted Esther to feel loved and wanted. His character really filled this novel with depth and love. Through his letters to Esther, I started to feel jealous of her! Susan's words that she put forth in Peter's letters were just so incredible that I was wishing that it was ME that Peter was writing to and not the beautiful nightingale, Esther. Yep, in case you didn't realize it by now, I've come to the conclusion that, while I absolutely loved Sons of Thunder, Nightingale has topped it for me. Five star worthy and highly recommended to everyone. Military, romance, history and God's redeeming love of second chances make up this truly epic novel! I can't wait until Susan May Warren writes book three, Part the Waters, for this collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Nightingale

    World War II is just coming to an end but the war that is going on inside Esther Lange is unending!
    She can't forgive herself for the night of passion she shared with Linus Hahn in the backseat of a borrowed car, they were both headed overseas to war, and it just happened. When that night turns into a daughter for them Esther is released from the Red Cross with no place to go. So she writes Linus, and his reply is for her to go to his hometown and stay with his parents, and that's what she has been doing for the last two years, living in their attic, raising her daughter and working at a hospital taking care of the war wounded.
    Living with Linus' parents isn't easy, they are very hard, feeling like she trapped their son. When she receives a letter indicating that Linus may have been killed in action, she isn't sure what to believe, but one thing she knows for sure is that she is relieved, she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love,and barely even knows. She really believes that she was no more than a one night stand for Linus as well, and it soon comes to light that Linus had a longstanding girlfriend who works in the same hospital as Esther,and she threatens to make Esther pay for stealing Linus away from her!
    Since there has been no other information about Linus she starts corresponding with Peter Hess the medic who sent her the information about Linus. Soon they develop a friendship, and when it starts to develop into something more, but when Peter's secret is exposed can they overcome it, and will Esther ever forgive herself for the mistake she made?
    This was an amazing story, just when you thought things were working out the author throws a monkey wrench into it that take it in the opposite direction. The feelings are so strongly written in this book, that you are easily transported back to war time America. You can also feel the turmoil going on inside Esther, she judges herself so harshly for the mistake she made that night and is unwilling to see that she has already been forgiven by God, she just needs to accept it! Peter's story was one I kept thinking of long after I finished reading it, he was such a kind person, a victim of circumstances really, but he always kept his faith in God.The letters that passed between Peter and Esther were such a treat to read, I enjoyed seeing their friendship blossom.

    I found this book a real joy to read, the author does an amazing job of taking a work of fiction and weaving a bit of a history lesson in. While this was my first time reading anything from Susan May Warren, it certainly won't be my last!

    Even though I was provided a review copy by Litfuse it in no way alters my opinion of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    great tale about the war with Germany

    Easter Lange loved her fiance' or though she did. She had a one time stand with him in the back of a car and from that union she had a little girl. Linus went to war and when he found out about the baby he had sent her to live with his very proper parents. She lived in the attic with her little girl but she also worked as a nurse at the hospital. Her family had shunned her when they found out about her pregnancy so she had no where else to go.


    Meanwhile in Germany Linus had been wounded really bad and gave the medic a letter to send to Easter, when she received it in another letter from the medic, she would not open it as she knew that Linus was dead. She also kept this from his parents. She kept writing back and forth to the medic whose name is Peter. He lived in Markesan Wisconsin and she lived a way from him but within a days ride by train, so her friend talked into going to meet him. When she got there she found out he was a POW from Germany. She ran away as she could not believe he was a Gemany soldier


    Different things begin to happen, she found Peter at the hospital where she worked as he had been beaten up and was very bad. She also was treating Charlie who had lost a leg in the war and then had jumped off the top of the hospital but some how survived but didn't know anyone.


    The POW camp was moved to their city and some of the Germans hated the Americans and plotted ways to get even. You must read this book, it is packed full of anything you may want to read. History, nurses, doctors, farmers and so on. Susan May Warren did a great job on this one.


    Thanks to Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group for review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    Read this story and be blessed.

    Nightingale is listed as a romance. Historical romance. It didn't hurt that the story included scenes of Esther working in the airplane. Since my husband is a pilot I seem to be drawn to stories that include flying. But what really grabbed me was the relationship of two women. A friendship that Esther tried to shove away. But somehow Caroline didn't give up. The bonding between the two nurses is what let each one keep their sanity in a world gone crazy by war. Friendship is real and can last forever.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    A real gem!

    Susan May Warren has an amazing gift of taking her readers into another time and place. The book titled Nightingale transported me into the lives of Esther and Peter, two lonely people who were unfortunate victims of a brutal time in history. Through World War II and the years immediately following, they both learned the importance of their faith in God, no matter how desperate the situation seemed at the time. Historically, this novel is a gem. The author vividly described the anguish, frustration and desperation of persons caught in the ravages of war. It also portrayed the dedication and determination to make a difference, in spite of unbelievably difficult situations. I highly recommend this book, and it is the type of story that will make you think about it long after the last page.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    This WW II drama is a fabulous historical romance with a wonderful spin

    Just prior to both of them going overseas as part of the war effort, Esther Lange and her fiancé Linus Hahn had a one night stand in the back of a borrowed car. Esther works for the Red Cross while Linus is a solider. When Esther became pregnant with their child, the Red Cross sent her home. Linus learns he sired a daughter so he sends the pair to live with his prim and proper parents.

    While mother and daughter live in the attic for the past two years, Esther works as a nurse. Severely wounded, Linus has medic Peter Hess send a letter to Esther; who knows now Linus is dead. Esther and Peter begin exchanging correspondence. However, when she learns of Peter's secret and deception, she wants nothing more to do with him although she fell in love with her pen pal.

    This WW II drama is a fabulous historical romance with a wonderful spin re Peter; I recommend readers avoid the back cover as that gives away part of the early charm. Wisconsin during WW II provides a wonderful prime backdrop. Character driven by Esther, Peter and their respective memories (as well as those of the Hahn parents) of Linus, Susan May Warren provides a powerful war of the hearts.

    Harriet Klausner

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