"A heartwarming story"
In 1860, her mom died from the wasting disease two
weeks ago in Limerick and now twelve years old Mary
Margaret Quinn knows her world is over even as she is
presently in Baltimore. However, a guardian angel arrives
in the form of Father Hugh Fitzhugh, who gently takes the
lass with him so she can live at St. Columbia's orphanage.
Hugh promises to teach Mary how to play the harp if she
provides him lessons on her fiddle.
Fourteen years later, Maggie still lives in the
orphanage, but now helps with the children. She especially
feels an affinity to a frightened Clare. Civil War veteran
Gordon Kincaid arrives at the orphanage looking for his
lost daughter. He only recently learned that he had a
child. The girl turns out to be Clare, who he wants to
bring home with him. He pleads with Maggie to accompany
them because she is the only person to connect with Clare.
She agrees and soon Maggie's compassion reaches inside
Gordon, who once disavowed love, but now struggles to tell
her all that he feels for her.
Using a powerfully vivid backdrop of the Reconstruction
Era, THE NIGHTINGALE'S SONG is a wonderful historical
romance starring three incredibly developed individuals who
each steal apart of the reader's heart. The story line
sings as the audience finds they want this couple to make
it and for Clare to obtain happiness. Because the cast is
so human, sub-genre fans will want to see Clare's tale told
too from Kathleen Eschenburg.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 19, 2001