The Lieutenant's Nurse
November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man to whom she is drawn but who clearly has secrets of his own. Eva's past--and the future she's trying to create--means that she's not free to follow her heart. Clark is a navy intelligence officer, and he warns her that the United States won't be able to hold off joining the war for long, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise attack that will change the world they know.In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eva and her fellow nurses band together for the immense duty of keeping the American wounded alive. And the danger that finds her threatens everything she holds dear. Amid the chaos and heartbreak, Eva will have to decide whom to trust and how far she will go to protect those she loves.Set in the vibrant tropical surroundings of the Pacific, The Lieutenant's Nurse is an evocative, emotional WWII story of love, friendship and the resilient spirit of the heroic nurses of Pearl Harbor.

The Lieutenant's Nurse Details

TitleThe Lieutenant's Nurse
Author
ReleaseMar 5th, 2019
PublisherMIRA
ISBN-139780778307914
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

The Lieutenant's Nurse Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    A poignant story of the nurses Pearl Harbor. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Eva Cassidy moves from Michigan to Hawaii in November 1941. She’s a shiny new Army Corps nurse, and she’s in awe of the steamship she’s aboard, as well as being drawn to Lt. Clark Spencer, an intelligence officer in the Navy. Eva has her guard up. She wants a different life and believes she can’t let her heart get in the way of finding it. The attack on Pearl Harbor terrifies everyone and rightfully so; the world has completely changed. Eva an A poignant story of the nurses Pearl Harbor. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Eva Cassidy moves from Michigan to Hawaii in November 1941. She’s a shiny new Army Corps nurse, and she’s in awe of the steamship she’s aboard, as well as being drawn to Lt. Clark Spencer, an intelligence officer in the Navy. Eva has her guard up. She wants a different life and believes she can’t let her heart get in the way of finding it. The attack on Pearl Harbor terrifies everyone and rightfully so; the world has completely changed. Eva and the nurses she works with are charged with keeping the wounded alive. Eva has a hard time finding who she can trust. I adored the lush tropical setting of Hawaii during this time period. Sara Ackerman brings it to life. I also loved Eva as a main character: formidable, complex, and fallible. I loved the resilience of all the nurses and how they put their whole hearts into their work (and the author captured that so poignantly). Overall, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is a story of the Pearl Harbor nurses- their friendship, loves, strength, vitality, and indomitableness that could not be dampened by war. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin-Mira for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Oh my! I have given myself a whole 24hours or so to consider what my thoughts should be about this book. Overall, I really didn't dig the melodrama that was the main vein of this story, but I loved that it surrounded the popular " prior knowledge of Japan's planned attack"on Pearl Harbor. Kudos to the author on her ideas, but it was too historical "light" for me.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:Eva had been shown a Pro-kit— sulfa ointment, directions and a soaped-up cloth— and told to hand them out to every soldier who left the hospital. A Good Soldier Will Not Get Venereal Disease was stamped across the front.Murmurs erupted and the room cleared faster than if someone had let loose a bagful of snakes.He felt as though he were watching a war movie, his eyes unable to believe what he saw. He kept thinking about that first Zero and how close it had been. The bastard had a Favorite Quotes:Eva had been shown a Pro-kit— sulfa ointment, directions and a soaped-up cloth— and told to hand them out to every soldier who left the hospital. A Good Soldier Will Not Get Venereal Disease was stamped across the front.Murmurs erupted and the room cleared faster than if someone had let loose a bagful of snakes.He felt as though he were watching a war movie, his eyes unable to believe what he saw. He kept thinking about that first Zero and how close it had been. The bastard had actually waved. That face, he would never forget.I swear to you, that morgue right there is enough to turn anyone against a war. Even the most hardened general. You ask me, it ought to be required visiting for those folks.My Review:This was an engaging and poignantly written tale which combined fact and fiction, although, there were more surprising factual events than I was ever aware of or would have expected. The premise was unique and entertaining, with writing that squeezed my heart while continually plucking at my curiosity. I enjoyed the well-crafted mystery as well as the interplays between characters as much as I appreciated the historical significance of the story. Ms. Ackerman’s characters were complicated, smart, disarmingly endearing, and well fleshed out. Her scenes were lushly described and well textured to involve and employ all the senses. And despite the traumatic backdrop of the carnage of war, the emotional tone was generally well balanced with surprising twists and unexpected bursts of wit tucked in. I live in Hawaii and though I wasn’t around during the attack on Pearl Harbor, I am old but not that old, it was several levels beyond cool to read a book that mentioned quintessential local landmarks that were familiar and special to me. Some are no longer standing such as the iconic Dole Cannery water tower, which was shaped and painted like a pineapple; where else in the world would you ever see one of those? Having trod many of the same steps, it was supremely pleasing to be able to read of the locales they frequented and know exactly where they were and what it looked like. I’ve also sucked back drinks at sunset at the illustrious Royal Hawaiian Hotel, which is still lovely and still pink. And I could hear the crunch and taste the pleasant crispness as the nurses snacked on Saloon Pilot crackers, which are the absolute best and still baked fresh in Honolulu. Reading that scene had me cheating on my diet while digging my own tin out of the pantry and grabbing the guava jelly for an afternoon treat. That extra pound on the scale tomorrow will be blamed on Sara Ackerman’s charismatic storytelling.
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  • Chanel Cleeton
    January 1, 1970
    Set against the backdrop of the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an emotional and heartfelt tale of love and courage. Depicting a dramatic period in history, Ackerman’s richly detailed and evocative writing transports the reader, bringing 1941 Hawaii to life.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Poignant, romantic, and incredibly absorbing!The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an intriguing tale that sweeps you away to the shores of Hawaii in the early 1940s and immerses you into the life of Eva, a young nurse whose heart, strength and compassion are about to be tested when the Japanese unexpectedly rage war on Pearl Harbor.The prose is eloquent and vivid. The characters are complex, resilient, genuine, and endearing. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel subtly into a ca Poignant, romantic, and incredibly absorbing!The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an intriguing tale that sweeps you away to the shores of Hawaii in the early 1940s and immerses you into the life of Eva, a young nurse whose heart, strength and compassion are about to be tested when the Japanese unexpectedly rage war on Pearl Harbor.The prose is eloquent and vivid. The characters are complex, resilient, genuine, and endearing. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel subtly into a captivating tale of life, loss, family, heartbreak, secrets, betrayal, friendship, determination, self-discovery, true love, and the harrowing effects of war.Overall, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an atmospheric, evocative, beautifully written novel by Ackerman that grabs you from the very first page and does an exceptional job of blending historical facts with fiction that’s both moving and wonderfully captivating.Thank you to Harlequin Books and Goodreads Giveaways for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Malia Eversole
    January 1, 1970
    Did you ever wonder what is was like to travel by boat to Hawaii in the 1940's? Did you ever wonder what it was like to live through the attack on Pearl Harbor? Sara Ackerman's book will take you there to experience each of these events - just like if you were there. The details help you really see, hear, smell & taste what it was like. And she weaves a tale of romance, intrigue and mystery throughout a very compelling story, told in the point of view of a nurse, running from a scandal in he Did you ever wonder what is was like to travel by boat to Hawaii in the 1940's? Did you ever wonder what it was like to live through the attack on Pearl Harbor? Sara Ackerman's book will take you there to experience each of these events - just like if you were there. The details help you really see, hear, smell & taste what it was like. And she weaves a tale of romance, intrigue and mystery throughout a very compelling story, told in the point of view of a nurse, running from a scandal in her small hometown to work in Hawaii. A page-turner that I could not put down!
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    4 pearly stars to this historical fiction taleThis was one of those books that I flew through, thinking I'll just read one more chapter . . . before you know it, it was well past my bedtime, but I had finished it.This one has a bit of a complicated plot with a nurse, Eva, fleeing her life in Michigan to join the army medical services in Hawaii. The first part is all about the boat journey and of course, the on-board romance with the handsome Lieutenant Clark! There is some intrigue with picking 4 pearly stars to this historical fiction taleThis was one of those books that I flew through, thinking I'll just read one more chapter . . . before you know it, it was well past my bedtime, but I had finished it.This one has a bit of a complicated plot with a nurse, Eva, fleeing her life in Michigan to join the army medical services in Hawaii. The first part is all about the boat journey and of course, the on-board romance with the handsome Lieutenant Clark! There is some intrigue with picking up Japanese signals and wondering about the origin.Historical fiction is always interesting because even though you know what's going to happen (bombing of Pearl Harbor) you somehow hope it won't happen in the book. I think there have been some interesting reports questioning if this was really a surprise attack and this book explores a couple of possibilities.The last half of the book deals with the aftermath of the bombing and since Eva is a nurse, she's right in the thick of things at the hospital. There were some interesting aspects to anesthesia during surgery.Overall, this was a quick enjoyable read with depth to the characters and an interesting plot. Leaning to the romantic side, but with some real intrigue and danger.Thank you to NetGalley, Sara Ackerman, and Harlequin for an early version of the book to read.
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  • Amanda Skenandore
    January 1, 1970
    With the wit and richness of a Beatriz Williams novel, THE LIEUTENANT’S NURSE weaves a tale of love and courage. Bittersweet and suspenseful, it offers readers a firsthand, female perspective of the harrowing days surrounding Pearl Harbor, honoring both the complexities of war and resilience of the human spirit.
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  • Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with Sara Ackerman's first book Island of Sweet Pies & Soldiers and I am so glad to have had the chance to read/review The Lieutenant's Nurse. This book starts off like the classic movie An Affair to Remember with a shipboard romance. It's hinted that the main character has a hidden past and I've come to realize that the author is quite good at having a mysterious subplot woven into her historical fiction books. And....I....Love....That! I am hooked and must keep turning the p I fell in love with Sara Ackerman's first book Island of Sweet Pies & Soldiers and I am so glad to have had the chance to read/review The Lieutenant's Nurse. This book starts off like the classic movie An Affair to Remember with a shipboard romance. It's hinted that the main character has a hidden past and I've come to realize that the author is quite good at having a mysterious subplot woven into her historical fiction books. And....I....Love....That! I am hooked and must keep turning the pages so I can figure out just what secret is being kept and why. My jaw dropped once I got to the big reveal (and can't wait to reread this again to see if I can catch any clues I missed the first time around).I hope Sara Ackerman continues the theme of Pearl Harbor WWII books because I cannot get enough of them!
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  • Emily Tillinghast
    January 1, 1970
    Ackerman writes about WWII Hawaii with vivid detail, wit, and a sense of place evocative of Kristin Hannah. She re-examines history with a provocative, nuanced and immersive narrative that is impossible to put down. Simply put, The Lieutenant's Nurse is a fantastic and enthralling read.
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  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 3-star read, possibly even 3.5. Fiction set in and around Pearl Harbor comes with a particular challenge. How do you create a story that can hold readers' interest when the real-life events are more dramatic than anything made-up could be? The Lieutenant's Nurse tries very hard to give us an epic love story that complements and is complemented by the historical events, but the love story elements just can't really hold a candle to the the factual story of Pearl Harbor.Not that The Lieute A solid 3-star read, possibly even 3.5. Fiction set in and around Pearl Harbor comes with a particular challenge. How do you create a story that can hold readers' interest when the real-life events are more dramatic than anything made-up could be? The Lieutenant's Nurse tries very hard to give us an epic love story that complements and is complemented by the historical events, but the love story elements just can't really hold a candle to the the factual story of Pearl Harbor.Not that The Lieutenant's Nurse doesn't have a lot going for it. Let's start with our main character, Eva Cassidy. From the first, it's clear that Eva has secrets. She's traveling across the Pacific to an army nursing assignment in Hawaii, expecting gorgeous beaches, interesting medicine, and above all, an escape from a traumatic situation back home. The truth comes out in bits and pieces over the course of the novel, but we learn early on that Eva is traveling under an assumed name, that she's fleeing a hospital scandal that gained her notoriety, and that her long-distance boyfriend has arranged to get her stationed in Honolulu, where's he's also stationed with the army.On the ocean voyage, Eva is immediately drawn to the gorgeous naval officer Clark Spencer, and he seems drawn to her as well. As an intelligence officer, there's a lot he can't share, but he does warn her that war may be imminent, and that the Hawaiian islands may not be the peaceful haven she expects.When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place, Eva has only just arrived, but rushes to the hospital alongside the other devoted nurses to tend to the horribly wounded men. Meanwhile, she keeps an eye out for Clark, who's brought in with injuries as well, and has to deal with the boyfriend, Billy, once she realizes that he's not the man she truly loves.On top of the love triangle drama, there's intrigue as we learn that Clark became of aware of the impending attack days ahead of time, but that the report he submitted was blocked and discarded, eliminating the possibility of striking first against the approaching Japanese fleet or at least giving the fleet at Pearl Harbor a chance to prepare. When Clark tries to follow up, both he and Eva receive warnings from a pair of thugs who threaten their lives and also threaten to reveal Eva's secrets.While the descriptions of the sea voyage and the Hawaiian islands are lovely, the characters themselves rarely feel like more than cookie cutter figures. Eva is sympathetic, Clark is handsome and mysterious, and the resolution of the love triangle is predictable. Honestly, I'd say the plot didn't need the extra complication of the spy games and the thugs (who were not all that effective -- why didn't they just shoot Clark when they had the chance rather than letting him off with a warning? As international conspiracies go, it was a little hard to take seriously.)Still, I found the depictions of the nurses and their dedication to their patients quite moving and inspiring, and the author does a lovely job of giving personalities and individuality to the soldiers and sailors who come to the hospital in the aftermath of the attack. Because we see the events of Pearl Harbor through Eva's eyes, we don't move much beyond the hospital confines, so the destruction of the fleet seems to happen at a bit of a remove.The story of Pearl Harbor is so tragic and dramatic that it's hard to care about anything else happening at the same time -- so yes ,the love story and Eva's personal background might be engaging, but they seem kind of small in comparison to the historical events unfolding here. The Lieutenant's Nurse is a quick read with some touching moment, but ultimately the plot -- especially the love triangle and the spy business -- doesn't really stand out as truly special.
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  • AnnMarie
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant's Nurse is a standalone book by Sara Ackerman.I don't even know where to begin when trying to review this book sufficiently enough to make you understand just how good it is.I guess, as they say, let's start at the very beginning...Eva Cassidy joined the army as a nurse and her journey begins when after stationed in Hawaii she finds herself on the steamship SS Lurline making her sea voyage there. She has a boyfriend waiting for her and looks forward both to seeing him, and getting The Lieutenant's Nurse is a standalone book by Sara Ackerman.I don't even know where to begin when trying to review this book sufficiently enough to make you understand just how good it is.I guess, as they say, let's start at the very beginning...Eva Cassidy joined the army as a nurse and her journey begins when after stationed in Hawaii she finds herself on the steamship SS Lurline making her sea voyage there. She has a boyfriend waiting for her and looks forward both to seeing him, and getting away from a terrible scandal she was involved with at home.Lt. Clark Spencer is also on board the SS Lurline on the way to Hawaii. He is a naval intelligence officer. The moment he and Eva see each other there is an instant attraction. What starts out as a friendship between them with Eva having a boyfriend and her believing Clark is married, could become so much more if given the chance. While onboard Clark discovers that the Japanese could be targeting Hawaii rather than Singapore where the war office believed the next attack could be. As soon as they arrive he needs to speak with his superiors to let them know what is happening. In the meantime, he takes the chance to warn Eva what might happen and where to go if she needed a safe place to run to. He tells her in secrecy and she promises not to say anything.As you know from history Pearl Harbour was attacked, and in this book we see Eva and her fellow nurses deal with the fall out from the attack. The descriptions of the patients and how heartbreaking nursing them was made for a very emotional read. The lives that were lost and knowing that perhaps something could have been done to prevent the attack made me so angry. You add the facts, to the fictional side of the story, the possible romance with Clark, who yes is on the scene, Billy (Eva's boyfriend) and also Eva's secret scandal from back home and you have a book that you won't want to put down until you finish it. I couldn't wait to find out how it could end happily if indeed happiness could be a thing after the tragedy that was Pearl Harbour's attack.Seriously I can't put into words adequately just how much emotion this book made me feel. I cried and I smiled, I felt anger, pity and sympathy. Seriously this book will make you run through the whole gamut of emotions. Despite the sadness of the story, there was a good ending for Eva. I kind of wish there was an epilogue letting us have a bit more of her happy ending, letting us see that despite the horrors she had been through that she could move on with her life and her love. Was that love Billy, or Clark, you will have to read to find out.Just have your hankies at the ready, I think you will need them. Oh and make sure you read the authors notes at the end!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant's Nurse is a beautifully written story of love set amid the devastation of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Sara Ackerman blends romance, mystery and a bit of intrigue in yet another story set in the beauty of Hawaii.
  • Barred Owl Books
    January 1, 1970
    “An emotional and heartfelt tale of love and courage.” —Chanel Cleeton, bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in HavanaNovember, 1941. She’s never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man sh “An emotional and heartfelt tale of love and courage.” —Chanel Cleeton, bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in HavanaNovember, 1941. She’s never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man she is drawn to but who clearly has secrets of his own. But Eva’s past—and the future she’s trying to create—means that she’s not free to follow her heart. Clark is a navy intelligence officer, and he warns her that the United States won’t be able to hold off joining the war for long, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise attack that will change the world they know.In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eva and her fellow nurses band together for the immense duty of keeping the American wounded alive. And the danger that finds Eva threatens everything she holds dear. Amid the chaos and heartbreak, Eva will have to decide whom to trust and how far she will go to protect those she loves.Set in the vibrant tropical surroundings of the Pacific, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is an evocative, emotional WWII story of love, friendship and the resilient spirit of the heroic nurses of Pearl Harbor.
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  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to #NetGalley #ackermanbooks #shewritespress for my free review copy of The Lieutenant’s Nurse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Pearl Harbor ... war ... romance ... intrigue ... cover ups ... friendship ... heroic nurses are elements that make this a memorable story.November, 1941 finds Eva Cassidy, a newly enlisted Army Corps nurse, on board the steamship SS Lurline on her way to her first assignment in Hawaii. Even though she's engaged and her fiance is waiting Thanks to #NetGalley #ackermanbooks #shewritespress for my free review copy of The Lieutenant’s Nurse in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Pearl Harbor ... war ... romance ... intrigue ... cover ups ... friendship ... heroic nurses are elements that make this a memorable story.November, 1941 finds Eva Cassidy, a newly enlisted Army Corps nurse, on board the steamship SS Lurline on her way to her first assignment in Hawaii. Even though she's engaged and her fiance is waiting for her in Hawaii, her voyage holds an interesting distraction: Lt. Clark Spencer, a handsome navy intelligence officer. Complications arise as Eva and Clark are drawn to each other and Eva desperately hides a secret from her past. Later, amidst the chaos of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Eva courageously bands together with her fellow nurses to tend to the American wounded, reconnects with Lt. Spencer, and is faced with questions of whom to trust and a desire to protect the ones she loves.During the voyage to Hawaii, the story quietly builds as readers become acquainted with portions of Eva's back story and make the acquaintance of Lt. Clark Spencer. Upon arrival at the island, the story picks up the pace as Pearl Harbor is bombed, medical personnel scramble to save lives, and there are rumors of a government cover up. This is the most engaging part of the story. I appreciate a good page turner and this aspect of the story delivers!Readers cheer for Eva, a determined, adventurous, and independent woman, as she begins a new career as an army nurse, grapples with her past, feels responsibility for her polio stricken sister, bravely asserts herself into the medical crisis at Pearl Harbor, finds courage to state her opinions to authoritarian doctors, defends the man she truly loves, confronts danger, and embraces her intuition that recovering soldiers could benefit from a therapy dog.The Lieutenant’s Nurse is recommended for fans of Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, for readers who are interested in the fictionalized account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, for medical professionals who might be interested in the nursing aspect of the story, and for those looking for an engaging histfic read.Pub date: March 5, 2019For more reviews visit my blog readingladies.com
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  • Alana Bloom
    January 1, 1970
    The chemistry between Clark and Eva was perfectly written and getting a few chapters that included Clark’s perspective of his growing feelings for Eva as well as the mounting concern from the communications room added to the slowly growing tension.The tension of the impending conflict slowly builds as the ship gets closer to Oahu and quickly erupts as the dawn breaks on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. The pace takes off making the story feel more like an action novel, and it some ways it is. The chemistry between Clark and Eva was perfectly written and getting a few chapters that included Clark’s perspective of his growing feelings for Eva as well as the mounting concern from the communications room added to the slowly growing tension.The tension of the impending conflict slowly builds as the ship gets closer to Oahu and quickly erupts as the dawn breaks on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. The pace takes off making the story feel more like an action novel, and it some ways it is. And yet I was most impressed with the quiet strength that Ackerman wove into the female characters that had me cheering. The writing was beautiful even in the midst of carnage. Sara Ackerman has crafted a truly beautiful story of resiliency, love, and friendship with just a dash of intrigue.Full Review on Dream Come Review on March 5, 2019**Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy of this book; all opinions are my own.**
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  • Randee Green
    January 1, 1970
    It is late 1941 – the United States has not yet entered World War II, though many expect the United States to soon join the Allied Forces. Everyone expects the Japanese to launch an assault in the Pacific, but no one suspects that the attack will be to the US Naval Fleet that is stationed in Pearl Harbor…Following a tragic incident that has ruined her reputation and nearly her life, Eva Cassidy volunteers as a nurse for the Army Corps. Leaving everything behind in Michigan, Eva makes her way to It is late 1941 – the United States has not yet entered World War II, though many expect the United States to soon join the Allied Forces. Everyone expects the Japanese to launch an assault in the Pacific, but no one suspects that the attack will be to the US Naval Fleet that is stationed in Pearl Harbor…Following a tragic incident that has ruined her reputation and nearly her life, Eva Cassidy volunteers as a nurse for the Army Corps. Leaving everything behind in Michigan, Eva makes her way to Hawaii for what should be a relatively easy assignment. Eva is traveling across the Pacific on a luxury ocean liner. On board is an attractive lieutenant named Clark Spencer. While the two develop a romance, Eva questions her feelings for the man who is waiting for her in Hawaii and Clark is distracted by radio signals that place the Japanese naval fleet north of the Hawaiian Islands. Upon arrival in Hawaii, Eva and Clark go their separate ways. The attack on Pearl Harbor – and their knowledge that the Japanese were headed towards the Islands – pulls them back together. The novel is told in the dual, third-person perspectives of Eva Cassidy and Lieutenant Clark Spencer. Eva’s sections in the novel include flashbacks to the incident back in Michigan that nearly ruined her life and was the reason she joined the Army Crops nursing division. Ackerman also includes real communications, headlines, and memos from before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. While the two main characters would not have known about any of these messages or memos, they do provide the reader with information about the events that took place. Like Ackerman’s first novel, ISLAND OF SWEET PIES AND SOLDIERS, THE LIEUTENANT’S NURSE is a beautifully written novel. The novel is rich in historical details, and Ackerman brings the time period and location to life. Ackerman does not bog the reader down with extensive details about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Instead, Ackerman focuses on Eva’s and Clark’s experiences throughout the attack – including many scenes that take place in the hospital, including surgeries and recovery. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    To say that this cover caught my eye is an understatement. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It’s elegant, bright and exotic looking, but with the air of familiarity as a recognizable piece of historical fiction.I was eager to read it and thrilled when my copy came. From the description, it sounded a little like Pearl Harbor the movie.Now no judgement but I loved that movie. I didn’t care for Josh Hartnett but overall I loved that movie and I still watch it every time that it’s on.So in To say that this cover caught my eye is an understatement. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It’s elegant, bright and exotic looking, but with the air of familiarity as a recognizable piece of historical fiction.I was eager to read it and thrilled when my copy came. From the description, it sounded a little like Pearl Harbor the movie.Now no judgement but I loved that movie. I didn’t care for Josh Hartnett but overall I loved that movie and I still watch it every time that it’s on.So in my mind I was secretly hoping that this book was going to be, at least a little, like the film.So was this book like the movie, not really, but there were things that reminded me of the film. Obviously the film Pearl Harbor and this book have absolutely nothing to do with each other—they are independent entities and about the only thing they had in common was that two people, a nurse and a Lieutenant find love in the middle of a tragedy and war all set in Pearl Harbor on the eve of the attack. That’s where the similarities end.I finished this book in a matter of days and found that I really enjoyed it. There were things that bothered me with the dialogue, but they were minor in comparison to the overall story. There were a few words or terms that I like to think of as ‘period language’ that the characters used like ‘gee-wiz’ or ‘golly she’s nice’ or things like that, but then there were other more modern phrases mixed in and I felt that distracting.The beginning of the book was excellent and the romance between Lt Spencer and Eva was interesting and full of potential, but then once they landed in Hawaii, that’s where things just fizzled out for me and I lost interest in their romance. For something that was put forward do prominently in the beginning, it just didn’t carry through the entire length of the novel which I felt disappointed with.But what I did love was the setting and how well developed Eva’s story was. I loved reading about her back story and how she came to be in a position at Pearl Harbor. The nursing aspect was interesting and I loved reading about how the hospitals, nurses, and doctors stepped up to the plate.At the end of the day I felt that this book was worthy of a 4 star rating. It was a great read with a few minor stylistic things that I wished had been different, but on the whole I felt that it was a fun read and I look forward to reading more books by this author!see my full review here
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...Note: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.The Lieutenant’s Nurse marks my first experience with Sara Ackerman’s work and while I struggled with a few scenes, I feel comfortable recommending it those with an appreciation for light and/or romantic war era fiction.I found Eva’s backstory fun to read and I liked how her experiences and secrets came into play over the course of the story. I also liked how Ackerma Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...Note: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.The Lieutenant’s Nurse marks my first experience with Sara Ackerman’s work and while I struggled with a few scenes, I feel comfortable recommending it those with an appreciation for light and/or romantic war era fiction.I found Eva’s backstory fun to read and I liked how her experiences and secrets came into play over the course of the story. I also liked how Ackerman used transmitted messages to keep her audience apprised of the larger conflict and appreciate how the tactic kept Clark relevant throughout the narrative by drawing attention to his role and responsibilities as an intelligence officer.Having said that, I have to admit I struggled with how much the novel resembled Pearl Harbor (2001). It started when I realized the novel, which follows a nurse name Evelyn, is a love triangle set against the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but it settled hard in the scene that unfolded on Tripler Hospital’s lawn.- A Japanese doctor being verbally accosted by the wounded as Evelyn writes Ms and Ts on victims in lipstick… (re: 2:01:09 in the film)- Evelyn telling the wounded they’ll be fine knowing it’s a lie… (re: 2:01:20 in the film)- Grace falling prey to fear as Evelyn reminds her of her duties might as well have been Sandra (played by Jennifer Garner) losing it as Evelyn (played by Kate Beckinsale) tells her to get back to work… (re: 2:01:55 in the film)The fact that Ackerman tempers the intensity of the attack with the survival of a dog didn’t help matters (re: 2:03:30 in the film) and while I acknowledge the plausibility of the content, I really struggled with how neatly they aligned to Michael Bay’s vision.Ackerman's research regarding the attack is illustrated throughout the novel, the emotions of the leads are well-drawn, and I thought the cover-up she crafted imaginative. I can't say I found the story wholly original, but I don't regret the time I spent with it.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Sara Ackerman, Author of “The Lieutenant’s Nurse” has written an intense, intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction with the Author’s Interpretation. The time-line for this story is approximately 1941 and after. The story goes to the past when it pertains to the novels or characters in the story. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.Eva Cassidy is a nurse that has some deep secrets and decides to leave M Sara Ackerman, Author of “The Lieutenant’s Nurse” has written an intense, intriguing, captivating, and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction with the Author’s Interpretation. The time-line for this story is approximately 1941 and after. The story goes to the past when it pertains to the novels or characters in the story. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.Eva Cassidy is a nurse that has some deep secrets and decides to leave Michigan and work as an Army Corps Nurse, in Hawaii. On the ship , Eva meets some interesting characters. Eva is attracted to Lt. Clark Spencer, who seem to harbor some deep dark secrets of his own. On the ship is talk of war with Germany, and talk of what happens when talks break down with the Japanese.Once Eva lands, she meets other women that are nurses. The beauty of Hawaii is described by the Author. There seems to be tension, and warnings, in the background. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, there is great distraction, but Eva and the other nurses are courageous, heroic, and go above and beyond to tend to the men who have been severely hurt. This is such a turbulent time in history, and devastating and heartbreaking.I appreciate the author discussing important topics such as the sisterhood the nurses have, keeping up the morale of the soldiers, and assisting in so many ways. This is a story of war, love, hope and faith. I highly recommend this novel for those readers who enjoy Historical Fiction during World War Two. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book.There are not so many veterans of WW2 left, thank you for your strength, your fighting, your courage! My grandmother was a nurse through all WWII. My grandfather fought till he was injuried. This book remained me about their stories and experiences about WWII. I liked this book, the plot and author's writing style. It was my first book from this author I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book.There are not so many veterans of WW2 left, thank you for your strength, your fighting, your courage! My grandmother was a nurse through all WWII. My grandfather fought till he was injuried. This book remained me about their stories and experiences about WWII. I liked this book, the plot and author's writing style. It was my first book from this author and will not be the last! Thank you!Clark, the hero was doing swoony. Awwwwww, I loved him, his seriousness, his tender heart, his caring way with heroine.I didn't like the heroine. She was selfish, she didn't care enough about Clark.. uugghhhhI will not tell any spoilers, I loved the ending.It's PG-12! Clean romance. Even children could enjoy it!
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic book kept me wanting to read more... Pearl Harbor from a Nurse's point of view. Rich description of Oahu, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the attack, love and secrets. I can't recommend this book enough. I want a sequel, or more books from the author in Hawaiian Islands. I'm an Air Force brat myself, raised in Hickam, so this book is very special to me. I can still smell the sweet Plumeria flowers. I won this book from Goodreads and the Author Sara Ackerman. Thank you! Please write more books li Fantastic book kept me wanting to read more... Pearl Harbor from a Nurse's point of view. Rich description of Oahu, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the attack, love and secrets. I can't recommend this book enough. I want a sequel, or more books from the author in Hawaiian Islands. I'm an Air Force brat myself, raised in Hickam, so this book is very special to me. I can still smell the sweet Plumeria flowers. I won this book from Goodreads and the Author Sara Ackerman. Thank you! Please write more books like this...
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant's Nurse is the story of Eva. She is an army corps nurse who leaves Michigan for Hawaii only a month prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. She falls for a navy lieutenant who knows that American will soon be drawn into the war. The attack occurs on December 7, 1941. The story moves with these characters as they struggle to survive through this tragedy. It's well written, researched and informative. The characters are likeable and sympathetic. It's like you are there at times im The Lieutenant's Nurse is the story of Eva. She is an army corps nurse who leaves Michigan for Hawaii only a month prior to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. She falls for a navy lieutenant who knows that American will soon be drawn into the war. The attack occurs on December 7, 1941. The story moves with these characters as they struggle to survive through this tragedy. It's well written, researched and informative. The characters are likeable and sympathetic. It's like you are there at times imagining what it must have been like. Such a sad tragic but important day in history. I recommend for anyone interested in historical fiction of the time period. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Yolanda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book about WW I l and the setting also. I loved the main character and felt myself cheering her on. The author had a way of making you feel as though you were immersed in the setting and plot Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
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  • Heather Frimmer
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read a lot of World War II historical fiction, so I thought I’d seen it all. In The Lieutenant’s Nurse, Ackerman explores a different aspect of the war. The story takes place in Honolulu during and after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941. Of course I learned about the attack in school, but really enjoyed delving deeper into the details of this day and its aftermath in this evocative story. The main character is Eva Cassidy, a nurse from Michigan who sets o I’ve read a lot of World War II historical fiction, so I thought I’d seen it all. In The Lieutenant’s Nurse, Ackerman explores a different aspect of the war. The story takes place in Honolulu during and after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941. Of course I learned about the attack in school, but really enjoyed delving deeper into the details of this day and its aftermath in this evocative story. The main character is Eva Cassidy, a nurse from Michigan who sets off on a ship to Hawaii to help the war effort. We soon learn she is escaping a past full of secrets — uncovering those secrets and how they will affect her future helps propel the story forward. When Eva meets Lieutenant Clark Spencer on the ship, they both feel an instant connection that only deepens when they cross paths again on the island. Once Eva reaches her post, she meets the other nurses at the hospital, forming lasting bonds while they work together to care for the soldiers gravely injured in the bombings. Ackerman does a wonderful job highlighting the lushness of Hawaii and how it contrasts with the gruesome horrors of war. A beautifully written historical romance, this book also has a touch of mystery and a bit of military intrigue. Fans of World War II fiction will devour this one. And isn’t that cover gorgeous???Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced review copy.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara AckermanTruly enjoyed this book and once I started could not put it down reading into the wee hours of the morning! Why? * I was reminded of a trip to Hawaii when I was sixteen. There were so many men in uniform on the beaches.* I remember stories my father told of being there ready to deploy during WWII only to have the war end before he was sent off to fight.* I am a nurse and considered being a nurse anesthetist.* There are two anesthesiologists in the family. B The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara AckermanTruly enjoyed this book and once I started could not put it down reading into the wee hours of the morning! Why? * I was reminded of a trip to Hawaii when I was sixteen. There were so many men in uniform on the beaches.* I remember stories my father told of being there ready to deploy during WWII only to have the war end before he was sent off to fight.* I am a nurse and considered being a nurse anesthetist.* There are two anesthesiologists in the family. Both my father and brother respected nurses and listened to what they had to advise even though they had more “book learning” they were willing to listen to someone with hands-on experience.* I have been through wars myself.* I believed in the romantic element of the story* The writing was superb* It made me think* I liked the characters I was meant to and disliked the ones that deserved it.* It took me back in time...I could almost see my parents in this book for some reasonWould I read another book by this author? I definitely would!Thank you to NetGalley and HQN-MIRA for the ARC – This is my honest review.5 Stars
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Love Through AdversityThis novel is a romance set against the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It is a deeply emotional story that goes far beyond the romance angle. The author really captures the intensity of the moment and how good or bad, that intensity colors the memory of the moment forever. The reader should be aware that even though this book is a 'clean' romance, the account of the injuries suffered during the attack and the emergency patients at the hospital may be a bit graphic Finding Love Through AdversityThis novel is a romance set against the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It is a deeply emotional story that goes far beyond the romance angle. The author really captures the intensity of the moment and how good or bad, that intensity colors the memory of the moment forever. The reader should be aware that even though this book is a 'clean' romance, the account of the injuries suffered during the attack and the emergency patients at the hospital may be a bit graphic and gruesome for some. I loved this story. I will be making an effort to find other stories by this author to read. I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
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  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    January 1, 1970
    It's late November of 1941 and all history buffs know that in a few days the attack on Pearl Harbor will occur. Eva Cassidy is aboard a ship to head to Hawaii as a nurse in the Army Corp. As much as she doesn't want to leave her sister behind, she had to move on to find work and escape the unfortunate events that occurred to her back home in Michigan. Hawaii will be way better than her sleepy her sleepy hometown, right? While aboard the ship, she meets Lieutenant Clark Spencer, a man who has att It's late November of 1941 and all history buffs know that in a few days the attack on Pearl Harbor will occur. Eva Cassidy is aboard a ship to head to Hawaii as a nurse in the Army Corp. As much as she doesn't want to leave her sister behind, she had to move on to find work and escape the unfortunate events that occurred to her back home in Michigan. Hawaii will be way better than her sleepy her sleepy hometown, right? While aboard the ship, she meets Lieutenant Clark Spencer, a man who has attracted her attention from the very first sight. She is drawn to him, even though she knows it's probably a bad idea and he seems to be just as secretive as she is. Lieutenant Spencer works for the Navy and is fluent in Japanese, which makes him valuable. He learns a few things while aboard the ship that indicate that perhaps Japan is on the move with its sights set on Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, Eva and Lieutenant Spencer spend more time together and they both can't deny that there are sparks, but there's one problem. Eva has a boyfriend waiting for her in Hawaii. Time ticks on and as we get closer to December 7, 1941 disaster strikes challenging both Eva and Clark in ways they never imagined. Sara Ackerman's The Lieutenant's Nurse is a compelling historical novel perfect for fans of romance, American history, and non-stop action.Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...
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  • Blodeuedd Finland
    January 1, 1970
    How to begin, well it takes a while to get to the battle, but I liked that. Eva is on her ship, she meets a handsome soldier, there are feelings, but she has someone already on Hawaii. No, not a love triangle, it was more that her dad wanted them together and he was a really nice guy.One strange thing though is her roommate, who then is never mentioned after she embarks...Anyway, while we are on the ship there are short chapters about how the Japanese are sailing towards Hawaii too. Even though How to begin, well it takes a while to get to the battle, but I liked that. Eva is on her ship, she meets a handsome soldier, there are feelings, but she has someone already on Hawaii. No, not a love triangle, it was more that her dad wanted them together and he was a really nice guy.One strange thing though is her roommate, who then is never mentioned after she embarks...Anyway, while we are on the ship there are short chapters about how the Japanese are sailing towards Hawaii too. Even though I know her ship will be fine it does feel dramatic.And then obviously we later on will have Pearl Harbor and what that entails. And being a nurse she is in the middle of it. Heartbreaking and tragic.Eva had secrets, but it is easy to guess as we get flashbacks. Not her fault, but it has consequences. I liked her, she was a great nurse who cared about patients.And a certain lieutenant, well he does not really have secrets in that way, it is more what his job is. A really good guy.One thing that struck me is that I would like to read a book how those of Japanese origin was treated during the war. I know what went on on the mainland, but what about here? There were so many there.NarrationShe did a good job with different voices. I liked how she did the Japanese Navy flashes, it brought suspense to it all.A good one to listen at.
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  • Barb in Maryland
    January 1, 1970
    The GR blurb does a good job with the plot synopsis, so I won't try a recap.I really enjoyed this book and was so happy that the author did such a good job with such a familiar piece of history. I think her decision to make Eva, a fresh off the boat Army nurse, the main POV character was a smart one; making the hero an Navy intelligence officer opened the door for the action to focus on something other than the actual attack itself. The villain was a bit of a surprise, as were said character's m The GR blurb does a good job with the plot synopsis, so I won't try a recap.I really enjoyed this book and was so happy that the author did such a good job with such a familiar piece of history. I think her decision to make Eva, a fresh off the boat Army nurse, the main POV character was a smart one; making the hero an Navy intelligence officer opened the door for the action to focus on something other than the actual attack itself. The villain was a bit of a surprise, as were said character's motives. The hospital scenes were as dramatic as one could wish for, and probably barely describe the actual situation right after the attack. The sense of everyone pulling together to get the job done came through loud and clear.The scenery descriptions were the bonus for me, as they brought back a lot of memories. I was fortunate enough to grow up on Oahu in the 1950s and I remember the sugar cane fields and the pineapple fields that filled the land between Pearl Harbor and the North Shore.Mahalo, Ms Ackerman. Well done. I'm looking forward to your next book.
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