by Sandy HusebyNovember, 2001
How to form a family
An immigrant orphan Irish lass comes to America hoping for a new beginning in Kathleen Eschenburg's lyrical debut novel, The Nightingale's Song. As she matures, Mary Margaret Quinn believes her destiny is in caring for other orphans like herself. Civil War veteran Gordon Kincaid disrupts Maggie Quinn's carefully planned life when he comes to Baltimore to search for his daughter, Clara. Wounded and widowed, he is determined to rebuild life for his child in the war-ravaged South. He first sees Maggie's love for his child and then her potential for loving him.
Kathleen Eschenburg writes with a gentle tenderness reminiscent of LaVyrle Spencer in this poignant story of three wounded, abandoned people man, woman and child finally uniting to form a family.
Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.