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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Book Review of Nightingale Woods by Kathryn Browne

Nightingale Woods - Paperback version


Rachel Phillips, mid twenties, a little naive, rather gullible, has fallen for a married man. The thing is, he's also fallen for her. In too deep, Rachel and married man Steve, begin an affair and develop intense feelings for each other, knowing what they're doing is wrong. But after nine months of lies and deceit, Steve's wife Olivia finds out and gives him an ultimatum. It was inevitable that someone's heart would get broken, but Rachel truly believed it wouldn't be hers and certainly not twice within a matter of days. Seventeen years later, Rachel has been married, widowed and moved on to a new life in a little Scottish village in Perthshire. But one day her life comes crashing down around her when she spots Steve and Olivia in a nearby town, looking happy and very much together. So sure she'd got over Steve, she soon realises she's never been able to move on since falling in love with him and when Steve sees her and follows her home, Rachel has to make it clear that she’s no longer the naive twenty-something he once knew. But is she? Does the flame reignite when they meet again after seventeen years? And is Steve still in love with Rachel, or has he moved on? Nightingale Woods is a down-to-earth romance focusing on the difficult issues infidelity creates, but with a humorous mixture of trying to overcome being "the other woman"


If you're expecting a standard romance novel then be prepared to think differently. This novel is not like that. It gets you very involved with the characters. I felt sympathetic yet angry with the main lady both at the same time. Katheryn Brown has a very humanistic way of writing about people. She truly captures feelings and behaviours. I could almost imagine that she is writing from experience.
This was not what i was expecting as it is totally different from her other novel "Discovery at Rose Hill", but i have to say it is just as good and i was not expecting the turn of events in the last few chapters.
Well done Ms Brown, another great success.

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