Tuesday, June 10, 2014

G325 E-reading Book Review of Nightingale by Juliet Waldron

Name of Book: Nightingale

Author: Juliet Waldron


Publisher: Books We Love

Type of book: Music, 1700s, Vienna, Austria, royalty, Mozart, entrapment, singing, forbidden love, running away

Year it was published: 2013


Count Maximilian discovers Klara in a Nightingale Cage, an orphanage for the abandoned children of musicians. He educates her, fosters her remarkable vocal talent and initiates her into the art of love, creating the perfect mistress. The Count controls every aspect of Klara's life, until fate, in the form of handsome Akos Almassy, takes a hand. The tall, dark Magyar violinist can make beautiful music and healing potions, too, but can he rescue Klara from the Count--and live?


The main character includes Klara, an extremely talented singer who is trapped by a count for his own pleasure and delight. She also happens to be an orphan and was trained to sing. She is sweet, talented and all she wants is to be free. There is also Akos, a doctor and a musician himself who falls in love with Klara and has his own secrets to hold onto. Count Maximillian, the man who controls Klara, is best described as hedonistic and part sadistic as well as extremely powerful who can do whatever he desires with few if any stopping him.


A gift requires a lot of sacrifices


The story itself is in third person narrative, most from Klara, although once in a while the reader does get a slight glimpse of other characters' personalities. The historical detail is amazing, and its astounding that the author doesn't shy away from the sexuality and desires of that time. It was interesting to learn conception methods from that time. I think as well its a pretty shocking book too. I did feel that romance happened a little too quickly for my liking and that the ending was a little too tidy, but other than that, no complaints.

Author Information:

“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the boys left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself–and for her readers. She loves her grand-girls and her kitties, likes to take long hikes, and reads historical/archeological non-fiction as well as reviewing for the Historical Novel Society. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his “bucket list” (black, and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.
You can find more information at www.julietwaldron.com or connect with Juliet on Facebook.


I have a small familiarity with 18th century: I first became familiar with it through reading Evelina by Fanny Burney through class, which is a dry reading with very flat characters. Afterwards, I was lucky and blessed enough to read Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin which also takes place in 1700s and is very engaging and gives an interesting view of 1700s in Poland. However, reading this book and Mozart's Wife by the same author, I became a lot more interested during that time, for the author seems to have blended history and storytelling very well and very authentically. Somehow the book is reminiscent of Evelina, but instead of dry as paper characters, there are lively characters that really remind me of modern era times. Also, Mozart and his father also make cameo appearances to help Klara the singer. I think the romance happened a little too fast for my taste, but other than that, a very engaging and lively tale of what it means to be trapped by fame and unwanted men.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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