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"Set against the backdrop of the attack on Pearl Harbor, THE LIEUTENANT'S NURSE is an emotional and heartfelt tale of love and courage. Depicting a dramatic period in history, Ackerman’s richly detailed and evocative writing transports the reader, bringing Hawaii to life." ––Chanel Cleeton
author of Next Year in Havana
"Ackerman writes about WWII Hawaii with vivid detail, wit, and a sense of place evocative of Kristin Hannah. She re-examines history with a nuanced and immersive narrative that is impossible to put down. Simply put, The Lieutenant's Nurse is a fantastic and enthralling read." --Emily Strelow, author of The Wild Birds
"With the wit and richness of a Beatriz Williams novel, THE LIEUTENANT'S NURSE weaves a tale of love and courage. Bittersweet and suspenseful...honoring both the complexities of war and resilience of the human spirit."
author of Between Earth and Sky
THE LIEUTENANT'S NURSE
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.
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.