10 April 2019

The Lieutenant's Nurse | Book Review + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: MIRA
Release Date: March 5, 2019


Take a trip to historical Hawaii with Sara Ackerman’s captivating novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse. Rich in detail, romance, intrigue, and courage, it’s a trip worth taking.

Army Corps nurse Eva Cassidy heads to Hawaii to escape her life in Michigan. Naturally, the potential for shipboard romance and plenty of secrets complicate her journey—along with the imminent Pearl Harbor attack, of course. There’s mystery, danger, and drama as the story unfolds, along with great moments of friendship, strength, and dedication.

The Lieutenant’s Nurse is a book I enjoyed. The perspective on the time surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack fascinated me, and I couldn’t stop reading. Fans of historical fiction, this is a great book to add to the TBR.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Sara is the bestselling author of Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She blames Hawaii for her addiction to writing and sees no end to its untapped stories. When she’s not writing or teaching, you’ll find her in the mountains or in the ocean. She currently lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of bossy animals.


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  1. I know a lot about harsh Michigan winters LOL. This setting is my favorite--I love to read books from WWII and being set at Pearl Harbor is exciting.

  2. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction but this is one I think I could get into for sure. Plus this cover is beautiful! Thanks for being on the tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours

  3. Beautiful cover sounds like a great read.

  4. I like the idea of seeing this historical time from the perspective of the nurses, it sounds like it's going to be really interesting.

  5. Sounds like a must read!

  6. I don't know much about Pearl Harbor. I saw the movie and loved how it focused on the nurses.