Monday, April 8, 2019

The Lieutenant’s Nurse by Sara Ackerman (TLC Book Tour Review and GIVEAWAY!)

December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy.  Eva Cassidy is on her way across the ocean to Hawaii for a new assignment as a nurse at Pearl Harbor in November 1941.  Her sweetheart, Billy, is stationed on the island and awaits her there.  Her father’s dying wish was that she marry Billy. 

Life is complicated for Eva.  Her sister Ruby is back in Michigan trying to recover the use of her legs after a bout with Polio.  Eva has changed her name and signed up as an army nurse after an unfortunate incident at the hospital she worked at.  Several flashbacks throughout the novel detail the mystery behind this event.  On the boat over, Eva meets the handsome Lieutenant Clark and their chemistry can’t be denied.  Unfortunately, once the attack at Pearl Harbor happens, romance is put on the back burner.  Will Eva be able to move on from her past?  Will she find love with Billy or Clark?  Will all three survive the attack on Pearl Harbor?  Why does it seem that mysterious forces do not want anyone to know that there will be an attack?

This novel truly captures the horror of a peaceful tropical island facing a sudden surprising attack.  It was a gripping to read about the horror of the attack as well as Eva working as a nurse in the hospital dealing with not only the aftermath, but the fear that the island will imminently be invaded.  I loved the sisterhood between nurses.

I also enjoyed the start of the story with the cruise to Hawaii.  The tension between Lt. Clark and Eva was palpable.  The characters were very entertaining and I also loved the mystery of Lt. Clark starting to figure out that there is a Japanese force amassing near the Hawaii islands. 

Also, as a fan of Georgette Heyer – I loved that The Spanish Bride was mentioned as reading material on the boat ride over.

Favorite Quotes:
“Eva was well versed in lakes, but here in San Francisco, the air was thick with salt and the tang of it.”

“Blaming is a waste of time.  Nobody knows what the future holds, and of course if you had, you would have done things differently.”

“War suddenly seemed different when it was down to the lowest denominator.  Man on man.”

Overall, The Lieutenant’s Nurse is a riveting World War II novel that shows the nurse’s side of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It also has a nice romance and a couple of mysteries.

Book Source:  E-book Review Copy for being a part of the TLC book Tour.  Thank-you!  For a full list of the stops on this tour, check out this link.


One lucky winner has a chance to win a copy of The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman.  If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment on what interests you about this book.  Have you read any books or watched any movies about WWII or Pearl Harbor?  If so, what was your favorite?

As part of your comment, you must include an email address. If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner.

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This contest is only open to addresses in the United States.

The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday April 19th!

Please make sure to check the week of April 22nd to see if you are a winner. I send emails to the winner, but lately I've been put in their "junk mail" folder instead of their inbox.

Good luck!


  1. Laura, I haven't read any WWII books specifically about Pearl Harbor. This novel sounds compelling. Wonderful review! Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I'll add it to my blog's sidebar.

  2. This is maybe one of my favorite reviews of this book so far, this immediately makes me want to read it right now. Thank you so much for being on this tour!

    sara @ TLC Book Tours

  3. I have read many WW2 novels which are all emotional, captivating and unforgettable. My favorite novel is The Storm Over Paris by William Ian Grubman. The WW2 movies are memorable and the one which is profound and meaningful is The Gathering Storm. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. This novel sounds filled with anguish, courage and hope. World War 2 books are always exceptional since strength was necessary. Beneath a Scarlet Sky was excellent and well written. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com