Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nightingale Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Aug 18th - Sept 5th
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Welcome to my post for the Nightingale book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for copies of Nightingale. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

My Rating: 3 Roses

A sweet story about a second chance, Nightingale was a nice historical romance novella. It wasn't the best, but it was a good read.

Jemma was...okay. She wasn't really my favorite heroine. On one hand, I appreciated that she owned up to what she did. She did chose another man over Dane and she didn't try to sugarcoat that. On the other, it seemed that she was kind of...distant about it. She never showed any remorse over the fact that she utterly shattered Dane's heart. She felt that she made the right decision because she was too young and immature to have a decent marriage with Dane. That in itself annoyed me. The fact that she was young didn't excuse the fact that she was immature. In general, she just seemed disconnected with the fact that she hurt Dane so much. So, I wasn't a big fan of her.

Dane, I like much better. After he had his heart broken he didn't withdraw into desolation. Instead, he made something of himself and became extremely successful. And, he was sweeter and more forgiving than most could have expected him to be. I really liked him.

The romance was sweet. Though I didn't like Jemma all that much, I did think it was sweet that, after both characters had changed so much over the years, they had another chance to find happiness together.

The plot moved quickly and I was kept interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and the ending was sweet.

Nightingale was a nice historical romance novella that I enjoyed. Romance lovers, if you want a quick read, then this is a book you might want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Jemma didn’t deny his words. Instead, now that her purpose was out in the open, she felt free to take another step forward, sweeping aside all pride. “Please, Dane, you must,” she pleaded. “He is all we have. I know he provoked you beyond reason, and if half of what Oliver has told us is correct, you have every right to run him through. But I beg of you, withdraw the challenge. We’ll see that his path never crosses yours again. This I promise you.”

The touch of desperation in her voice embarrassed her. This was not the first time she’d stepped in for Cris, but it was certainly the most grave, and she knew he would not be grateful.

Since their f ather’s death, he had changed.

Dane leaned back in his chair, his hand on his desk, his long, tapered fingers an inch away from the document he must have been studying before her visit had interrupted him. He’d been drinking. The stopper lay beside the decanter and the level was low, his glass empty. A hint of whiskey fumes perfumed the air.

Jemma waited for a response, her heart beating in her throat. His silence was unnerving.

The man she had once loved would not leave her to twist in the wind this way. He’d been generous and always forgiving—but then, she had forfeited all that, hadn’t she?
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About the Author:

CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. I'm glad to see from this excerpt that Jemma at last accepts the fact that she forfeited a lot when she rejected Dane. It took some nerve on her part to confront him about her brother and ask him for a favor. This will be a story I really enjoy. Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com