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July 26, 2017

A Sure Way to Ignore Presidential Tweets - THE NIGHTINGALE

by Kathleen Barker

We tremble and hesitate to open a newspaper, turn on the news, or click on a link that details the events of the day. War, murder, and chaos are expected, everyday events. Should we despair or slog along, working diligently to make things better?

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There is something to be said for aging, for having lived through the Civil Rights era, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential resignations and assassinations.  Perspective is a powerful coping method. Yet there comes a point at which we need to escape the present day via a retreat, a massage, or a deeply engrossing book such as Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.

This historical fiction novel is set during World War II, a time that many felt was the beginning of the end of peace and order on this earth. It tells the tale of two sisters, one in the city of Paris and another in the French countryside, who worked with the underground resistance. Filled with sorrow and despair over the death of their mother and the abandonment by their father, their lives take us on a roller coaster of love, danger, courage, and survival.

The opening line of the book eternally rings true: "If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are."

One caveat - do not begin reading this just before bed. You will be up all night. You have been warned.

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Kathleen Barker was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Blessed Sacrament, the Institute of Notre Dame and Towson University, she spent twenty years as the much-traveled wife of a Navy pilot and has three children. While working for a Fortune 500 insurance company in New Orleans, she wrote feature and human interest articles for their magazine and received the Field Reporter of the Year award. After Hurricane Katrina, she returned to her beloved state of Maryland where she started work on "The Charm City Chronicles". All four volumes, "Ednor Scardens", "The Body War", "The Hurting Year", and "On Gabriel's Wings" are available in Amazon's Kindle store.


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