Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Lieutenant’s Nurse” by Sara Ackerman, MIRA, March 5, 2019
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 Michigan and work as an Army Corps Nurse, in Hawaii. On the ship , Eva meets some interesting characters. Eva is attracted to Lt. Clark Spencer, who seem to harbor some deep dark secrets of his own. On the ship is talk of war with Germany, and talk of what happens when talks break down with the Japanese.
Once Eva lands, she meets other women that are nurses. The beauty of Hawaii is described by the Author. There seems to be tension, and warnings, in the background. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, there is great distraction, but Eva and the other nurses are courageous, heroic, and go above and beyond to tend to the men who have been severely hurt. This is such a turbulent time in history, and devastating and heartbreaking.
I appreciate the author discussing important topics such as the sisterhood the nurses have, keeping up the morale of the soldiers, and assisting in so many ways. This is a story of war, love, hope and faith. I highly recommend this novel for those readers who enjoy Historical Fiction during World War Two. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.