Published by Mira on March 5, 2019
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
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!