The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Written by Soraya M. Lane
Review by Alice Cochran

In 1942, the world was coming undone, thrown asunder by the mounting tensions of World War II. Soraya Lane pulls from this era a tale of sisterhood, compassion, and the evolution from girl to woman. The Girls of Pearl Harbor follows the intrepid journey of four nurses who endured the fateful day, which will live forever in infamy. Each girl adds an aspect of flavor to the story, including an ungrateful little sister, a hopeful future doctor, and a brave but broken woman.

To reach closer to her ambition of becoming a doctor, April joined the nurse corps. Along with her, she brought her naive kid sister, Grace, and their childhood friend, Poppy. April came for adventure. Poppy came to stay near her boyfriend, an Air Corps pilot. Grace came so she wouldn’t be left behind. Once they reach Hawaii, the trio meets Eva, who is running from something rather than towards adventure. The intricacies of each character, their ambitions, and their romantic escapades, create a web of complications and intrigue.

Lane has mastered the craft of relating historical events to a modern audience, all the while telling a story of those who may have lived through it. This page-turner manages to keep the action coming and the adventure flying even after the title tragedy passes. Rest assured, there are plenty of noteworthy exploits to follow. It is necessary to note the exceptional progression of the dynamic between the sisters, mimicking life. This pearl is clearly another triumph by Lane, and now one of my go-to book recommendations.