The Lieutenant's Nurse

The Lieutenant's Nurse

by Sara Ackerman

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“An emotional and heartfelt tale of love and courage.” —Chanel Cleeton, bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick Next Year in Havana



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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488088568
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 2,072
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sara Ackerman is the author of  Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Oriental Medicine. When she's not writing or practicing acupuncture, you'll find her in the mountains or in the ocean.

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The Lieutenant's Nurse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Sara Ackerman is a fantastic storyteller. I find it hard to believe that our leaders were so unprepared for Pearl Harbor! All of the characters were well developed.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Strong characters that make you wonder, think, and hope that they'd support you if you were in a situation!
Anonymous 19 days ago
I read a lot of history and especially WWII. This was most unusual with the spinner plot. I did enjoy descriptions of the Hawaiian Islands, felt like I standing under that waterfall myself.
Anonymous 20 days ago
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A wonderful read.
booklover10CM 3 months ago
Excellent. Well written and fast paced.
CathyGeha 9 months ago
The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara Ackerman Truly 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 reason Would 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
whatsbetterthanbooks 9 months ago
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.
SuZ2Reader 9 months ago
Because I had read Sara Ackerman’s debut novel, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, I continued with her second novel. Told in the dual, third-person perspectives of Eva Cassidy and Lieutenant Clark Spencer interspersed with real memos, headlines, and military communications from before, during, and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is a fascinating interweaving of real and fictional events. Eva, an army nurse, comes to Hawaii carrying a secret that isn’t revealed up front. The reader must seek clues that are sparsely given relating to an incident back in Michigan that nearly ruined her life and became the reason she joined the Army Crops nursing division. Clark’s POV reveals the tragic loss of a beloved wife and their unborn child. Rich in historical details, the novel doesn’t get bogged down in too many details about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Instead, the novel focuses on Clark and Eva, and their experiences before, during, and after the attack. The characters are likeable and sympathetic, but the crossing the Pacific on the ship, the Lurline, even with its requisite shipboard romance, seems too long an introduction to the real action.
4GranJan 9 months ago
Finding Love Through Adversity This 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.
ColoradoGirl71 9 months ago
4 pearly stars to this historical fiction tale This 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.
teachlz 9 months ago
The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman (Goodreads Author) 9286778 Linda Zagon's review Feb 22, 2019 · edit it was amazing 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.
3C 9 months ago
Sara Ackerman has penned a fascinating tale of romance and suspense, set primarily during the time frame of the Pearl Harbor attack. I could not put this book down! Enjoying history, I have read a great deal of World War II nonfiction and fiction, but I had not come across the precise scenario around which she wove the background of her story. To avoid spoilers, I won't give more specifics. Her descriptions made the story come alive, particularly as we followed Eva's interactions with Lt. Clark Spencer, her fellow nurses, and the wounded soldiers. The pacing and tension kept me moving on to the next chapter, while learning more about each character as historical events unfolded. Having also loved Sara's first book, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, I am looking forward to future releases. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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