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Stormi's Review: The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane

Updated: Oct 3, 2019




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PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

RELEASED: July 16, 2019

GENRE: Historical Fiction

LENGTH: 347 pages

FORMAT: Ebook, Paperback, Audible





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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?


FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS


I have been honored to read each and every one of this author's historical novels. I have loved every single one and found myself hoping she would come out with one about Pearl Harbor. Sure enough, she gave me just what I wanted.


The Girls Of Pearl Harbor paints a picture of the war that I have never seen, the female version. This story brought four women together in a gorgeous place to throw them into the throes of war in the harshest of ways. The story here is real, cruel, sad, and yes, happy. It is written in an amazing way. Each woman has a story. Alice and Grace, the sisters, one stepped into the mother role while the other has been able to grow up slowly. Poppy, the sister's best childhood friend, whose fiancee is also stationed in Hawaii and happens to be Graces' biggest secret crush.


Then we have Eva. Another nurse they met while at a party. She is engaged to a soldier stationed close by, and she is stationed on a ship. She has secrets in her past that has her fearing ever to go home. Each woman's story clashes in one way or the other with the other women. This builds a bond as strong as family among the four of them.


The descriptions in this book had me in tears at times. Gasping and laughing at others. This story is one that will steal your heart and emotions. From the blue ocean of Hawaii to another war zone across the world, this story is like no other.


I have LOVED this book. This book was not a 5, but a 10. I can only go to 5, but you have to know. It is an amazing story.

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