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The Lieutenant's Nurse

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,970 ratings  ·  329 reviews
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 cle ...more
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Published March 5th 2019 by Mira Books
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Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
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.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

Chanel Cleeton
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
DJ Sakata
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
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Malia Eversole
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 sm ...more
Lisa Wolf
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
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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 ...more
Amanda Skenandore
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Emily Tillinghast
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 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. ...more
Barred Owl Books
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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 sh
Carol (Reading Ladies)
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
Alana Bloom (dreamcomereview)
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 Lit Bitch
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Randee Green
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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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
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman is a very interesting fictional World War II era story set in beautiful Hawaii during the leadup to and during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. 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, including many of the people she gets to know on board, ...more
Linda Zagon
Feb 22, 2019 rated it 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 M
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelley Lawrence
The Lieutenant’s Nurse was my latest read and was absolutely spellbinding. Sara Ackerman is truly gifted in the art of storytelling. I found it fascinating to read about the Pacific campaign in World War 2, primarily from the nurses’ perspective. This story is set on both a luxury ship headed for the islands, as well as on Hawaii itself, and is mesmerizing with its lush setting, heartbreaking events, and touching romance. The author provides insightful and thought-provoking commentary on the rol ...more
Deacon Tom F
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 Stars

This is a lovely novel in the historical fiction genre. Ackerman tells the story of a military nurse and a military intelligence officer in the days preceding and during the attack on Pearl Harbor starting in late November through Dec.1941. It is fast-paced and rife with nonstop action, romance, and suspense.

Strong characters! I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the nurses and doctors who after the shocking attack join together with one focus—to save lives and heal the wounded.

Heather Frimmer
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Cathy Geha
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. B
Janet Graham
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
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 ...more
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Sara writes books about love and life, and all of their messy and beautiful imperfections. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Lieutenant's Nurse and Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, with several more in the works. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing, and ...more

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