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.
Eva is being sent to Hawaii to be an Army Nurse. She is hoping to escape her past and to meet up with her boyfriend who is stationed at Pearl Harbor. On the voyage over she meets a Navy Intelligence Officer, Clark. Eva and Clark have a very strong connection. Even though she fights it tooth and nail, she just can’t stop her feelings.
Clark becomes aware of some Japanese communications. He tries to notify his superior. But somehow, someway, his information is never passed along. (You must read to find out why! NO SPOILERS HERE!).
I enjoyed the setting of Pearl Harbor and Hawaii. And when Pearl is bombed, I felt like I was right there. The author did a fabulous job with the destruction, tragic injuries, and the fatigue of the doctors and nurses. But, the bombing is not exactly what this book is about. Yes, it is a major part of the story. However, there is Eva and her past, Clark and his information, AND Eva’s boyfriend Billy.
This book has a little bit of everything. It’s part war story and love story with intrigue and espionage thrown in. Don’t miss this one!
I received this novel from Mira via Netgalley for a honest review.