Nightingale Way is a book about hope, redemption, and reconciliation. It is romantic, optimistic, and enjoyable to read. It was a bit sappy at times, and it certainly would not appeal to most men. However, I read it through in one afternoon and found that I had a smile on my face at the end. Sometimes that’s all you want in a book; a feel-good story. “Friends can be beams of sunshine if only you’ll let them” (p. 111).
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LET IT BE is a novel with a soundtrack, a story that is intimately linked to the music of the Beatles.
When Michelle Jansen moves to Amarillo to get away from her abusive husband, she struggles to meet the emotional needs of her two children as she continues to rebuff the demands of her overbearing ex, but she finds love and support in the arms of a coworker who is as much of a Beatles fan as she is, and she begins to gain the confidence and the strength that she needs to stand on her own. Michelle’s ex can’t bear to see her happy, however, and she’s blindsided by an unexpected betrayal as her ex turns her very own son against her. As a family that has already been split down the middle is thrown into chaos, it’s up to Michelle to find a path toward healing and forgiveness, a way to right the wrongs that have hurt them all.
With chapters named for and influenced by songs that appear on the Beatles final album, LET IT BE is a mesmerizing story filled with true-to-life characters, a touching tale of loss, longing, and forgiveness that chronicles the breakup of a marriage, the destruction of a family, and the struggle to come together in the aftermath of what remains.
Chad Gayle has written for literary journals, trade publications, and newspapers; he has a Masters in English from Texas A&M University, and he taught English at Meredith College in North Carolina and worked at Poetry Magazine in Chicago before he moved to New York, where he lives with his wife and his two children. LET IT BE is his debut novel.