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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Nightingale's Last Song: A WWII Romance is a work of fiction penned by author Kathleen Harryman in the historical romance, interpersonal drama, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are invited to enjoy a poignant tale that spans generations and unfolds against the tumultuous backdrop of the Second World War. Lilibeth's return to Seagull’s Rest sets the stage for a captivating exploration of her grandmother Lilly's life, revealed through a diary left on her bed. Lilly's journey as a nurse in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Services unfolds, introducing her resilient friends and the complexities of wartime love. Lilly's struggle with love, torn between Major Joseph Lawrence and Sergeant Alick McNavis, offers an enthralling romantic tale that’s sure to sweep you off your feet.
Author Kathleen Harryman's prose is layered with fantastic description, atmosphere, and attitude that transports readers to the wartime era in living color and gorgeous detail. The friendships forged among Lilly and her companions are beautifully depicted, creating a rich tapestry of camaraderie amid the chaos of war. This gives the novel an overall warmth and a feeling of hope, even in its darkest moments. The author has a flair for emotive dialogue that helps readers dig deep and read between the lines, beautifully capturing the essence of sacrifice, love, and the enduring impact of wartime experiences without ever having to be lengthy or explicit. Lilibeth's quest to unravel the secrets in her grandmother’s diary adds a compelling mystery element, connecting the past to the present and offering strong plot twists that keep readers guessing until the end. Overall, A Nightingale's Last Song is a poignant and memorable read and one that I would not hesitate to recommend to wartime romance fans everywhere.