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Avon, Nov 2001, 6.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0380815699

    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.
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    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.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   kid(s) make adults sensitive Who seduces whom?    -   mutual seduction

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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