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The Girls of Pearl Harbor

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From the bestselling author of Wives of War comes a harrowing tale of four brave young nurses whose lives change forever in the wake of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

When Grace, April, and Poppy join the US Army Nurse Corps, they see it as little more than an adventure, one made all the better by their first station: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Joined at the hip, idealistic Gra
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing (first published July 16th 2019)
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Christine
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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My review is mixed on this one. I believe this is simply a matter of reader-novel mismatch occurring at the wrong time. When I requested The Girls of Pearl Harbor from Net Galley, I had two goals in mind: to learn the details of the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and to get more insight into the working lives of brave nurses during World War II. I really wasn’t satisfied on either count.

This novel is primarily a romance novel with World War II as the backdrop. There were
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WEE SMALLS
It was 2 a.m. in Cincinnati when I read this gripping WWII novel on the attack that changed America forever.

SOBBING
But I swear I heard the roar of Japanese fighter planes, felt my heart seize as I tried to outrun bullets, gasped as I saw severed limbs and lives — sounds and sights that won’t leave. I held my breath for chapters and when I finally broke free, I just wanted my husband to console me as I sobbed and sobbed.

HEART TORN
This heart-rend
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Michelle
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girls of Pearl Harbour by Soraya M Lane is a beautifully written story about four nurses facing the bombing of Pearl harbour. Sisters Grace and April and their best friend Poppy and new friend Eva.
When they first arrive at Pearl Harbour, they think that they are all on a long holiday and that America will not go to war and they will be just fixing cuts and bruises. They spend their downtime on the beach and chatting up the GI’s. But they couldn’t be more wrong when Sunday came and Grace Apr
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Tammy
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
“America was most definitely at war now; the only uncertainty was what step they’d be forced to take next to keep their country safe.”

Loved it! 5 stars for this wonderful story of determination, loyalty and friendship!
When two sisters and their best friend join the Army Corp as nurses, they feel lucky to be stationed in beautiful Hawaii. They strike up a friendship with another nurse stationed on a nearby Navy ship. The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor soon after their arrival. The s
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Linden
Grace and April, two sisters from Oregon, join the nurse corps and are posted to Pearl Harbor in early 1941. It seems like paradise, but of course the reader knows what is coming. They meet up with another military nurse, Eva, and all become friends, bonding over many tragedies and triumphs. I found the plot somewhat contrived--they're supposedly in the military, but there seems to be very little mention of it. Grace is said to be squeamish around blood--wouldn't someone have noted that in her t ...more
Amanda
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. While reading The Girls of Pearl Harbor, I literally felt like I was right there with Grace, April, Poppy and Eva. The tragedy, the heartache, the bravery, I felt it all and I can’t imagine what it was like to actually be there living through it.

Following along with these girls and their journey through war was such an adventure. From the beautiful waters of Hawaii to the unbelievable living conditions when the Americans joined the war was such a shock.

also think the author did an amazing job with giving you some
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Karren  Sandercock
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Girls Of Pearl Harbor, is a wonderful book about three young nurses working in Hawaii, two sisters April and Grace are army corps nurses and their new friend Eva is a nurse in the navy. In their spare time girls enjoy everything the island has to offer and it's a adventure in paradise. They enjoy going to the beach, swimming, and the attention of so many young handsome men.
Of course they have no idea their world is about to change, when on the 7th of December 1941 the Japanese army bom
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Karen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just finished The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya Lane. It does not disappoint. Lane captures the realities of war through the eyes of sisters Grace and April, early on Poppy, and another nurse Eva, who they meet when they are stationed in Pearl Harbor about one month before December 7. For one month, it is all fun and games. Everything changes the morning of December 7. Heartache and the need to do their duty is eloquently shown by the author. Each of the characters deal with insurmountable h ...more
Tammy
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“America was most definitely at war now; the only uncertainty was what step they’d be forced to take next to keep their country safe.”

Loved it! 5 stars for this wonderful story of determination, loyalty and friendship!
When two sisters and their best friend join the Army Corp as nurses, they feel lucky to be stationed in beautiful Hawaii. They strike up a friendship with another nurse stationed on a nearby Navy ship. The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor soon after their arrival. The s
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Rachel
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane is a great historical fiction novel focussing on three women (sisters Grace and April and their new friend and fellow nurse Eva) as they all make their way in finding themselves, their destinies, and each other during WWII. This sweeping novel starts a month prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and continues onward.

I liked the main characters and the development, maturity, and changes they all go through as they experience trauma, stress, a
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Vicki
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been wowed by so many incredible historical fiction books over the last year, but this one is by far is one of my absolute favorites! This particular story covers the nurses that served during WWII. The first half of the story covers the nurses that were serving at Pearl Harbor the day the Japanese attacked. The second part of the story follows three of these nurses as they are sent to Africa. The worst duty to be sent to. It was ordinary women, who did extraordinary things to do their pa ...more
Sandra
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved reading this book telling the story of Nurses at Pearl Harbour who thought they had arrived in paradise only to end up in hell when the Japanese attacked.April,Grace,Poppy and Eva form a friendship and enjoy their posting on this beautiful island untill their world is shattered with bombs and bullets flying everwhere.The young nurses have a battle on their hands to treat the men injured and to stay safe,they do everything they can to help anyone who needs them.I can honestly say i h ...more
Bambi Rathman
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becoming a part of history in a novel is one of the reasons I love historical fiction so much. Ms. Lane has done an amazing job in taking me back into the historcal events of what happened at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese flew in and started bombing. I know from history what took place but "living" this through the characters in this book had my heart pounding and my stomach churning with them. I was in the thick of these events right along with these characters.

Three best friends plus one, em
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Leanna Mattea
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well researched novel by Soraya Lane, that takes place during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and eventually moves to North Africa. Sisters April and Grace, along with their best friend Poppy arrive at Pearl Harbor, just prior to the attack. They meet a new friend and fellow nurse, Eva. It’s party time, beach fun, handsome GI’s and little nursing, until disaster strikes. Then they realize just what they are in for, as the horrendous truth of frontline injuries are experienced.
This is a s
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Lady Alexandrine
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Girls of Pearl Harbor" by Soraya M. Lane took me on a journey full of sorrow and courage. It was a story of four girls: Grace, Poppy, Eva and April, that were nurses at Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941. The novel showed their different fates after the attack at Pearl Harbor. They faced death, heartbreak, danger, evil men and lack of sanitation. They were determined to save lives and do their work as nurses the best they could. Grace and April were sisters with some unsolved issues between ...more
Louetta Waters
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalIey and Amazon Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
The Girls Of Pearl Harbor is a historical fiction by Soraya M. Lane. It comes out September 10, 2019.
I loved this book! The author did such a good job making us, the reader, feel part of the story. I grasped while the battle raged and cried with the nurses when a friend was lost or their job became so overwhelming as injured after injured were brought in.
Very well written, keeps you engage
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Maureen
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Sisters April and Grace, with their best friend Poppy, are nurses who arrive in Pearl Harbor a few weeks before Dec 7. There they meet Eva, another nurse, stationed on The Solace. A quick friendship is formed as the four women become as close as if they were all sisters. They explore the island together and enjoy evenings dancing with the local soldiers. However, with the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, all four will face death, injuries and horrors that will change the path of their liv ...more
Lisa Hudson
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RIVETING!

THE GIRLS OF PEARL HARBOR by Soraya M. Lane is riveting! Three young nurses (Grace, April & Poppy) join the US Army Nurse Corps and quickly befriend another seasoned nurse, Eva. They all join for different reasons but their first station is in beautiful Hawaii. They are enjoying all the tropical paradise has to offer until the infamous morning of December 7 when the whole world turned upside down. In an instant, life as the world has known it, changed completely!! The ho
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Anita Housley
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WWII Nurses

The Girls of Pearl Harbor seems to be an inappropriate title for this book. Most of the action takes place after the nurses move on to Africa. I was tempted to stop reading after the first chapter or two, which seemed to be heading toward a romantic novel set during the Pearl Harbor attack. I was hoping for more info about the nurses' participation in the war. I'm glad I decided to give it more of a chance. The rest of the book met my expectations. There were several romances as a
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Carolyn Stumpf
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Soraya and I absolutely loved it! I enjoyed reading about wartime through the eyes of the female nurses.

The romance in each of the storylines were really sweet as well. I loved how Eva brought Art back to life after his debilitating injury.

Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sharlene
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good WWII genre book and this was one. Great characters, lots of action and historical accuracy. I was not that aware of the war from the eyes of the nurses and it was very informative and especially when they move to North Africa. I recommend this one for all fans of historical fiction and definitely fans of WWII fiction.
Dana
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, a great book is when the author can bring her characters to life right from the pages. When he/she can bring their reader into their world and make you feel as if you are right there, dealing with all the emotions and experiences that the characters are.

Ms. Lane has once again done that for me. I felt as if I was a nurse fighting alongside Grace, Eva and April. We know about what happened to the men who were fighting but history doesn’t lean towards educating us about all the other peop
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Kelly Shiver
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings but I just couldn't get into this book. I read 38 pages and it took me a while to read them. Normally I start a book and finish it within a week or so. (Reading is not the only thing I do.) Honestly, all I could think of these women is what a bunch of air heads they are. It just didn't read like any of the World War 1 or 2 books I've read. I have enjoyed many books from this period but this just wasn't one of them. I'm sorry for the low rating but I'm just ...more
Linda Zagon
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Girls of Pearl Harbor" by Soraya M. Lane, Lake Union, September 10, 2019

Soraya M. Lane, Author of "The Girls of Pearl Harbor" has written a captivating, intense, heartbreaking, intriguing emotional and thought-provoking novel. The Genre for this Novel is Historical Fiction and takes place during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the United States involvement into World War Two.  I appreciate that the author vividly writes and describes the tragedies
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Michele-Marie Merritt
Nurses at War

The story of four nurses who faced the attack on Pearl Harbor and their deployment to Northern Africa afterwards. They lost people they loved, but had to find the courage to go on without them and treat 100s of wounded men in Africa. The story touches on the inequality of nurses to doctors and the relationship of sisters. The descriptions of the conditions they were in trying to provide help to horrifically injured soldiers and sailors in Pearl Harbor and Africa are incredibly
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Dana Wright
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girls Of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane. The Girls Of Pearl Harbor was a very well written historical novel. I loved all the characters. I lived in Hawaii and remember some of the places such as Tripler Army Hospital. I cannot imagine the places where some of the disasters took place like the air base and in the water at the Harbor where today stands the memorial. From beginning to end you stay amazed at the stamina of the doctors and nurses. I will definitely read more books written by this ...more
Laurie
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"America was most definitely at war now; the only uncertainty was what step they'd be forced to take next to keep their country safe."
When three young women decide to join the Army Corp and become nurses, they truly think they have hit gold when they land in Hawaii. What more could you want? A vacation!
Then..... War breaks out! So many die and are wounded and these girls must survive, and survive they do!
They make a difference in this war! They care and hope and help!
This
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Diane
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of a group of nurses sent to paradise or so they think. Paradise quickly turns to hell as the Japanese start to bomb them. We follow what happens in the aftermath of sisters Grace and April and their friend Eva. Once they are at War they are thrown in at the deep end. A well written book I definitely recommend.
Letty
4.5/5 A historical fiction romance that starts off during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and continues on to North Africa, a part of the war I was not very familiar with. This was a captivating and intense read and is one I enjoyed very much. A story of friendship, sisterhood, love, trust, loss and heartbreak. Very well written with likable characters. I have enjoyed Soraya Lane's historical fiction work immensely and always look forward to her next book. The Girls of Pearl Harbor is one I will be ...more
Mary Sue Wilson
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Read

I really enjoyed this WW2 novel. It takes place at Pearl Harbor and Northern Africa. It involves 3 nurses who are dedicated to the wounded soldiers. It is also a sweet romance.
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