Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review for The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

From the bestselling author of Wives of War comes a harrowing tale of four brave young nurses whose lives change forever in the wake of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

When Grace, April, and Poppy join the US Army Nurse Corps, they see it as little more than an adventure, one made all the better by their first station: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Joined at the hip, idealistic Grace, exuberant Poppy, and brave but haunted April frolic in the sun, attending parties, flirting with the handsome soldiers, and becoming fast friends with seasoned nurse Eva. Like the Hawaiian sun, their future seems warm and bright—until the infamous morning of December 7.

Within just a few horrifying hours, their sparkling hopes turn to black rubble and ash. Now embroiled in a war they never could have imagined, they must decide what truly matters to them and face grief as they never have before. Death may await them—but so do hope and purpose. In the midst of the carnage, can they find happiness and learn to fight not just for their country’s honor but for themselves? 

My Thoughts…

I am a WWII junkie.   I devour every book I can find that tells the story of the heroes of this time.   A story written about the women of the war is always a must-read for me.   The Girls of Pearl Harbor is a story about the nurses stationed in Hawaii before and then during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.   It is the story of what happens to the friendships formed, the relationships made, and the lives of those who are now in an active war.    

Grace, April, and Poppy join the US Army Navy Corps with the idea that it will be an adventure and a vacation in Hawaii.   Little did they know that they would be part of one of the biggest parts of WWII and become part of history.    I was amazed at the friendship between them, the strength that kept them together in good and tough times was wonderful.   While reading you knew that these three would do anything for each other.  

As the story continues on and after December 7th their friendship is put to tests, their love for each other never waivers, and they face life in a world that is so different than what they expected.  I was so into their story that it felt like I was working right next to them in the military hospitals.   I was able to picture the horrific things that they were forced to deal with and able to feel the wide range of feelings the ladies went through as they tried to understand what was happening in their world. 

Soraya M. Lane wrote a book that I couldn’t put down.   I was pulled in from the beginning, became invested in the characters, and enraptured by the storyline.   The Girls of Pearl Harbor is a book I will rave about to my friends.   

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