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 and the camaraderie, and courage of the nurses, and servicemen and women. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, flawed, perhaps due to the dire circumstances. There are also supportive, brave and courageous.
When Poppy, Grace, and April first join the Nurse’s Corp and are at Pearl Harbor, it seems like Paradise. They meet another nurse, Eva. Everything seems wonderful until the fateful day of Dec. 7, when they are attacked at Pearl Harbor. The devastation and the horrors only get worse, as the nurses and doctors tend to hurt bodies. There is so much destruction and death. There is also so much uncertainty and lack of man-power.
The medical staff and soldiers are transferred to even more difficult places and situations. I appreciate that the author discusses the horrors of war, but also stresses the importance of emotional support, protecting your country, the importance of friendship, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this story.