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The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Written by: Soraya M. Lane
Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2019 by Soraya M. Lane. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Brenda
  • 2019-10-08

DREADFUL BOOK

what a horrible book. A complete waste of a credit. Within the first chapter I hated the breathy narrator and tried to return it but audible said it wasn’t eligible for return. The sentence structure is disjointed at best. It should be marketed as young teen because the content and grammar are so childish.

The narrator is simply dreadful. So bad, that I have written down her name so I never purchase another book with her narrating. Breathy and very bad pacing of dialogue. Her portrayal sounds like she is dealing with 12 year olds.

The story line jumps from topic to topic, winding with no destination.

Do NOT waste your credit on this horrible book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-03-30

The girls. Of Pearl Harbor

I have enjoyed listening to this book and finding a new prospective of what happened on Pearl Harbor.

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  • Nice guy
  • 2020-03-19

Good Story for a Beach Read

The story was good, but it is no work of literaty fiction. The author tells an entertaining story, but it seems to be incomplete in detail. I still don't know anything about the history of the historic Army Nursing Corps or Naval Nures that are portrayed in the story. Also, the settings and locations are not developed for there historical significance. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is clearly documented with regard to the hospitals response, yet it is lacking here and all we know about the second half of the book is that it takes place in North Africa. Even the romance is not fully developed. So if you want a good beach read this may be it, but if you expect historical fiction, look elsewhere.

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  • Neesie315
  • 2020-03-08

Nurses at War

This book is the story of two sisters and another nurse who start their Army career stationed at Pearl Harbor. Thinking that they have been assigned to a tropical paradise, they are soon thrust into a full scale war when the Japanese attack. Many people are killed, including some close to these nurses. The story then switches to North Africa when the nurses are assigned to duty there.

I thought that the book would be more about War, but instead it was mostly a romance novel with the War as a backdrop. I did find parts of the book interesting and the author did a good job in character development and motivation. I am not sure how true some of the scenes were, but the author did a pretty good job in depicting the horrors that these nurses must have faced.

The narrator did a good job and added a lot to the book. If you enjoy historical romances, you will probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for a war story or WWII history, you will most likely be disappointed.

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  • Janet L. Perry
  • 2020-03-04

Wonderful book

No one can say enough about what these women and men went thru during the war. Great book

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  • virginia in Iowa
  • 2020-01-29

doesn't fit history

could have been a five star if had been true to the period. liked the characters but the dialog and circumstances were not true to WW2 military nurses. these 3 lower ranked nurses had way too much free time and behavior and language just didn't match the various nonfiction accounts I have read about the period. I did enjoy the storyline and various characters but kept going wait a minute how could they have done that?

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  • Diamond J
  • 2020-01-15

First Book by this author and I loved it!

I’m so happy I came crossed this book. From the first page I was hooked. The author takes you on a journal of 4 Female military nurses at war. There was tears and heartache. I was disappointed to see the story end. But the ended was great! I can’t wait to read another book.

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  • NanaPaula
  • 2020-01-07

Enjoyed a lot; except some language

I enjoyed the book very much. I like fictional stories during WWI or WWII. Not necessarily in theater though. It could be at the home front. I did no like some of the vulgar language. I know people used that language during war. However, there have been many books and movies made in the 20’s-50’s they did not use vulgar language and the books and movies were still impactful. I do recommend this book though.

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  • Beverly Scalabrin
  • 2019-12-10

thought provoking story

I really enjoyed this book. it was an interesting perspective of the roll the nurses had during the Pearl harbor attack. the story provided scenarios that I would not have even began to have thought about prior to reading this book. I am grateful for all who served during that war and have served since that time.

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  • Debbie
  • 2019-10-13

From Paradise to War

The innocent girls in Hawaii didn’t stay carefree for long . . . one day they were tanning in the sun, and the next they were being bombed and losing a best friend. One sister, who couldn’t bear the sight of blood, had to learn to change . . . quickly . . . And the girls of Pearl Harbor, didn’t STAY in Pearl Harbor . . . they went on to Africa. The things that they learned, and saw taught them, changed them, and stayed with them for a lifetime. And they were BETTER for it. Yes, there are also love stories here, but there are also stories of friendship, and of nurses healing, helping, and of young men sacrificing for their country . . . and for one another. I love that their stories continued until they were older, wiser and that we all got the benefit of knowing what came after . . .