Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review of " A Nightingale Christmas"

A Nightingale Christmas by Heather Holm

Source: To review from Cedar Fort Publishing
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Book Description: Jane Doe can't remember who she is or what her life was like before the plane crash that almost took her life.  Burned and scarred beyond recognition, she soon learns there's no one who can identify her.  Still in the hospital a year later, Jane receives a visitor just a few days before Christmas.  Lauren, compensating for the disappearance of her sister, asks Jane to live with her and her family.  Thus begins Jane's journey to a new life filled with longing and joy, pain and understanding.  And, like a nightingale, Jane learns to sing her most beautiful song when the night is darkest.

A Nightingale Christmas shows the importance of loving each other and how one small act of kindness can greatly influence the life of another.

Colleen's Thoughts: There are so many deep emotional issues addressed in this story.  Despite the fact that most of us have not experienced such a traumatic event, it is easy to identify with Jane's personal issues of lost identity, low self esteem, bitterness, anger, grief, incalculable loss, embarrassment, having to find the courage to start over, finding the strength within to overlook the scrutiny and shunning of others, etc.  Jane is a very real, very believable character.  No matter what life experiences we, as the reader, have endured, we have all dealt with at least one of the things Jane struggles with in this book.  It is a well written description of deep grief and loss and the stages one needs to go through to overcome it, and grow to become successful and happy despite life's challenges.  A sweet, heartwarming, and spiritual story with a valuable message.

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