Friday, June 24, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Lieutenant’s Girl


Pearl Harbor, 1941. War planes hurtle across the horizon, skimming the clouds. Gunpowder fills the air as the earth shatters. Everett’s hands cup my cheeks. “If I lose you, Elizabeth, please know that the time I’ve spent with you has been worth every second I’ve been alive.”

On the fateful day that sirens rend the air and warplanes fly over the harbor, 
Elizabeth and Everett had sneaked away to whisper sweet nothings to each other. As bombs rain down, they cling to each other, the ground shaking and smoke suffocating them. Miraculously, they survive—but their world is ripped apart. The beautiful island, where the turquoise ocean once lapped the golden sand, is destroyed.

Over a sweltering summer, the couple had fallen madly in love. Elizabeth was in awe of Everett’s sacrifices for the Air Force, and Everett adored strong-willed Elizabeth, a Jewish girl who defied her father’s wishes for a sheltered life by training to be a nurse.

But tragedy changes everything. Although they are hopelessly devoted to one another, they vow to serve their country. Elizabeth joins the Army Nurse Corps in Europe and Everett flies across the world chasing down the enemy. With a tearful goodbye, they promise to write.

When Everett’s letters stop arriving, heartbroken Elizabeth fears the worst. Will she ever see the love of her life again? And what chance does she have of surviving Europe, where Hitler’s tyrannical rule places her in grave danger?

Fans of The Girls of Pearl Harbor, The Alice Network and The Tattooist of Auschwitz will be utterly addicted to this unputdownable tear-jerker about theheartbreaking reality of war and the power of love to overcome all.

Title:   The Lieutenant’s Girl
Author:  Shari J. Ryan
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   459
Date of Publication:   June 22, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars 

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 is just one of the heartbreaking moments highlighted in Shari J. Ryan’s book, The Lieutenant’s Girl. Living in Hawaii with her father and her twin brothers, 20-year-old Elizabeth Salzburg is training to become a nurse. As World War II is raging, Elizabeth wants to play her part, even though her aspirations do not meet with her stern father’s approval. She really hopes to join the Army Nurse Corps as soon as she is able. 

Meeting Hollywood star - now Lieutenant Everett Anderson - changes Elizabeth’s life in more ways than one. Despite how drawn she is to Everett, her commander father has laid down the law. He forbids her to date anyone on base. Always the responsible one, Elizabeth takes her studies seriously, while also helping out quite a bit at home. However, she is nearing the end of her studies and feels more than capable of making her own decisions. Unable to resist their shared attraction, Elizabeth and Everett begin to see one another secretly. 

One day while Elizabeth is picnicking with Everett, the unthinkable happens. The Japanese have launched a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.  Countless are injured and many, many lives are lost. In short order, both Elizabeth and Everett rise to the occasion and start helping in any way that they can, although they do become separated with all the chaos surrounding them. All the while, Elizabeth is terrified for the well-being of her father and brothers and is desperate to know if they are safe. 

This sudden activity increases her sense of urgency to enlist and that is exactly what she does. Not only will this decision bring the ire of her father, this very well might threaten any future she might have with Everett. Duty reins and Elizabeth proceeds to display remarkable honor and bravery under the most difficult of circumstances all while love manages to flourish between her and Everett

The story smoothly blends the horrors that resulted from the war with a modern-day Elizabeth being interviewed by her granddaughter’s husband as she struggles to recall the events of her life over the past decades. This book is a remarkable story of strength and honor with love being the thread that pulled th past and present together, proving that love indeed can stand the test of time. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please enjoy my YouTube video review - 


Shari J. Ryan is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction, WWII Fiction, and 20th Century Historical Fiction with a focus on the Holocaust and Pearl Harbor.

Shortly after graduation from Johnson & Wales with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Shari began her career as a graphic artist and freelance writer. She then found her passion for writing books in 2012 after her second son was born. Shari has been slaying words ever since.

With two Rone Awards and over 125k books sold, Shari has hit the USA Today Bestseller List, the Amazon's Top 100, Barnes & Noble's Top Ten, and iBooks at number one. Some of Shari’s bestselling books include Last Words, The Other Blue Sky, Unspoken Words and A Heart of Time.

Shari, a lifelong Boston girl, is happily married to her personal hero and US Marine and has two wonderful little boys. For more details about her books, visit:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this beautiful review of The Lieutenant's Girl. Your words mean so much to me and I'm so thankful for the time you spent creating this video. I wish I could give you a giant hug! xoxo - Shari