The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees -- or thinks she sees -- in the shadows of their new home, Hope House. All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers i 1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the th...

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Title:The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Author:Lucy Strange
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1910655031
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Secret of Nightingale Wood Reviews

  • Carmen Liffengren
    Mar 04, 2018
    4.5 Stars What a wonderful place the world would be, Hen, if everyone had your imagination. What a magnificent debut from Lucy Strange! The Secret of Nightingale Wood is so evocative of all my formative reading that I found myself falling back through time to when I first discove...
  • Laura
    Jun 05, 2018
    Wow! I can't believe this is juvenile fiction. And a first book for Lucy Strange. Quite an accomplishment. This one was creepy, magical and heartwarming, and more than a little disturbing in parts. It takes place in 1919 in rural England. Henrietta (12 yo) and her family have just ...
  • Penny
    Mar 31, 2018
    3.5 #10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published) ...
  • Beth Bonini
    Dec 20, 2016
    This is a children's book suitable for all ages, but probably best appreciated by adults who are still love with their childhood favourites: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and fairy tales of all descriptions. Author Lucy Strange delib...
  • Donna Irwin
    Nov 04, 2016
    What a wonderful book. This was Children's book of the month in Waterstones but it really is a classic for adults too, especially one who has dealt recently with grief. Henry is the most wonderful heroine and through her eyes we see the effect of loss, grief, mental health issues and t...
  • Adeeb
    May 29, 2017
    I enjoyed the beginning for it gothic vibes. Suddenly, it went downhill and was too repetitive. ...
  • Helen Costello
    Mar 04, 2018
    I'm veering between a 3 and a 4 star read for this one. I'm not a huge fan of reading middle grade stories - I do like to feel slightly challenged by a book and sadly felt a little empty after reading this. Having said that,I think this would be a challenging read for kids of that age ...
  • Peter
    Dec 31, 2016
    A fabulously suspensful, gothic-y middle grade story, beautifully written. I sped through it on the edge of my seat, willing on the bookish heroine Henry as she tries to save her family from being pulled apart by grief and the ill meaning Dr Hardy. ...
  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
    Aug 28, 2017
    My copy is so cute, the illustrations inside are fabulous! Each chapter has a tiny illustration, in any case now that I'm done with this book I feel it's not suitable for young children, it's beautifully written, it's a sad story about family, mental illness, loss, grief, war, hope, ch...
  • Megan C.
    Oct 29, 2017
    Calling all middle grade readers! (Or friends/parents/librarians/buddies of middle grade readers.?) I recently received The Secret of Nightingale Wood from Scholastic and Chicken House Press and I could not have loved it more! Middle grade books have to work hard to impress ...
  • Kate Ormand
    Sep 23, 2016
    It's 1919 and Henrietta's family have just moved from London to the countryside following the death of Henry's brother. The family has never recovered from their loss and Hope House is a place for them to heal, but it's a big change for twelve-year-old Henry, with its secret doors, dar...
  • Luna
    Oct 27, 2016
    I?m not quite sure of the exact moment I knew that I would adore The Secret of Nightingale Wood but it was very early on in the book. Probably after I had read the first few pages got to know Henry, who is exactly the kind of friend I would want. Anybody who loves books (especially f...
  • Pallavi
    Jan 26, 2018
    ****5.0**** Review Soon ...
  • Linda
    Aug 14, 2018
    The author/narrator Lucy Strange was phenomenal. LOVE her voice. ...
  • Carla Dominguez
    Mar 16, 2018
    Beautiful ? ...
  • Lata
    Jun 14, 2019
    This is a book I adored. It has a terrific main character in Henrietta(Henry), and covers a lot of fairly weighty things but in an approachable way for its younger audience: grief, mental health, adults who don?t take children seriously, a medical profession that dismisses women's co...
  • Jess
    Feb 24, 2018
    Another 3.5 ? read for me. I enjoyed the book and it was a quick read, but there was nothing which particularly pulled me into the story and I thought the book was problematic in places. That said, I thought the topic matter was an important one and I can see future books by this aut...
  • Emma Carroll
    Nov 13, 2016
    Oh my goodness! What a tender, exquisite gem of a book. Such wonderful writing and characterisation, with deft, assured handling of complex emotional issues. This may well be my favourite MG book of 2016. Fabulous. ...
  • Jessica Lyn
    May 16, 2017
    What a tender moving story. It was quite interesting to see how mental illness was perceived in the 19th century. How different now in modern society! This story was poetic and elegant and rich with imagery and enotion. I thoroughly enjoyed how it made odes to lovable children's cla...
  • Shuhada Ramli
    Jun 21, 2018
    It?s a compelling story and I wasn?t able to put it down. I am continuously rereading the interesting part and some of the nicest quotes. Each plot triggers various questions and the answers came later. It?s all about grief. What I admire the most is the way the author put every ...
  • Suze Lavender
    Jan 01, 2017
    It's 1919 and Henry's life has changed drastically. After the death of her brother she and her family moved to the countryside, but being there doesn't help them heal. Soon her father makes himself scarce by finding work elsewhere and Henry's mother is being consumed by grief. A local ...
  • Mary
    Oct 06, 2016
    Heavens above, what a book! This has been so beautifully crafted, it sings. Touching on such enormous subjects as grief, mental health, shell-shock, loneliness, and fear, it still manages to flow into your bloodstream in the most amazing way. The characters are intricately drawn: He...
  • Krissy
    Feb 06, 2018
    Beautifully written with wonderfully vivid characters. The main character Henry has had to deal with a lot in her 12 short years. That age can hold many frustrations, inconveniences, and confusion. It is an age where one is caught between child and teenager. This story depicts the at...
  • Aliaq8
    Aug 23, 2017
    Beautifully written story. ...
  • Jessica Shelley
    Mar 26, 2019
    So so so beautiful. After I turned the last page, I clutched the book to my chest. I cried tears of connection and joy and grief. The writing was lush and atmospheric. It told like a tale in the style of (and references too) Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden ...
  • Mathew
    Dec 09, 2017
    Such an impressive first novel. The Secret of Nightingale Wood is a tale of two halves for me. The first involves Henry moving into her new home in order for her family to cope with the mysterious loss of her older brother and the second half, much pacier and painfully tense, involves ...
  • Hilary
    Jan 24, 2017
    I wasn't expecting this recently written book to have captured the feel of a childrens classic of the last century so well. This book is beautifully written, it reminded me of The Railway Children and some other classics. Henrietta is 12yrs old and the year is 1919. Her family has move...
  • Ashlie
    Dec 25, 2017
    This is the first audiobook I was able to finish reading/listening. The author does such a great job narrating it, her voice and accent and the way she makes her characters alive with these, is just marvellous. The story is about a little girl `Henry` whose family was torn apart by...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    Oct 22, 2017
    This book was very heart touching. It follows a 12 yr old, Henrietta better known as Henry, and her family dealing with the death of her older brother. Set in 1919 London, the family's home burns and the son Robert dies in the fire. The family then moves to the countryside to heal. The...
  • Renee Godding
    Apr 29, 2019
    4.5/5 stars Full review to come ...