Publication: June 5, 2013 Books We Love, Ltd. Formats: eBook, Paperback
Rating: 5 Stars
Her body belonged to the Count, but her heart yearned for true love.
18th Century Vienna was glamorous and corrupt, and the pathway to fame could not be trodden in innocence. 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, intending to create 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?
Praise for Nightingale
“As Klara is drawn deeper into love with Akos Almassy, the charismatic harpsichordist, she must come to a decision: chose her true love or stay with the twisted relationship, professional acclaim, and wealth she has with her patron…Much more than a romance, Nightingale offers a tantalizing view into the rarefied atmosphere of historical Vienna and the world of celebrity performers. It is part of Juliet Waldron’s trilogy of Viennese tales, so be sure to read Mozart’s Wife, and My Mozart…” – Judith Schara
“I was drawn into this tale by the lush prose, descriptions of clothing, jewelry, and details of Klara’s performances. Tension is maintained throughout as Klara fights to be free of her gilded cage. Waldron obviously knows her stuff when it comes to music and pure desire.” – Diane Scott Lewis
Klara draws the reader in with her naivety and striving to please her manipulative master. It is often hard to watch as she exchanges the cage of one life, for the seeming silken bonds of another. Set in 18th century Vienna, Nightingale is a beautifully written story full of emotion and well expressed plots.
The love story between Akos and the vert gun shy Klara, is a sweet but rocky one. This hard gone road is due in large part to Klara's need to hold on with both hands to the fleeting flame of fame. This naked ambition coupled with all that she has suffered in the guise of love, has her believing that not even the pinings of her own heart are to be trusted.
Juliet Waldron proves herself once again a masterful crafter of Historical Romance. Her talent for writing the human and deeply personal story beyond compare.
“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.