Irish immigrant Maggie Quinn has opened her heart to the orphans in the Baltimore orphanage where she has been raised. She adores the children, especially little Clare, a child with a mysterious past.

Scarred by the Civil War, Gordon Kincaid comes to St. Columbias to satisfy his fathers deathbed request, only to discover that he has a daughter, Clare.

When Gordon decides to take Clare back home to Virginia and asks Maggie to accompany them, she cannot say no and face losing Clare forever. With her sweet voice, tenderness and compassion, Maggie breaches the wall around Gordons heart.

With its saga overtones, powerful love story and the lushness of the finest historical novel, THE NIGHTINGALES SONG winningly combines all three. Its not just these elements, but the remarkable characters and their deep emotions that are sure to touch a chord in readers and have them wishing for more. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin