Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Trauma Plan

Trauma Plan
(Grace Medical)
Candace Calvert
(Tyndale House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-1414361116
April 2012/416 pages/$12.99

Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.

As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.

Read the first chapter here.

Candace Calvert is a former ER nurse who believes love, laughter and faith are the best medicines. Her Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical series offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine—along with a soul-soothing prescription for hope. Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, she makes her home in northern California.

Connect with Candace on her Web site at www.candacecalvert.com or Facebook page.

Candace Calvert won me over with her first series of books, but knowing that she set this new Grace Medical series in Texas, I couldn't wait to scrub in and grab my stethoscope so I wouldn't miss a word! This is definitely a book that will elevate your pulse! Calvert combines the fast-paced action of the ER with heart-stopping emotion as her characters face challenges that tax their clinical skills, their faith, and their closest relationships. The medical crises are authentic without being graphic, requiring neither a steel stomach nor a textbook to comprehend, thanks to Calvert's own expert background as an ER nurse. The book shines, however, not in the despair depicted but in the grace and hope masterfully threaded through a story containing a handsome and well-meaning but completely overbearing doctor with a huge blind spot, a tender-hearted yet somewhat feisty nurse/chaplain desperately trying to recover from a vicious attack, and a bevy of other eclectic personalities. (Bandy and his dog, Hobo, will utterly captivate your heart!) Danger, suspense, and a bit of romance combine to make this a book that is impossible to put down! As the story progresses, readers are treated to a tour of the San Antonio area, where Grace Hospital and Dr. Jack Travis' clinic are located. I was ready to head for the River Walk and grab a plate of fajitas by the time I was through with this book! Trauma Plan releases April 19; avoid an emergency and order your copy STAT!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Kara said...

Love your review, Linda! Your concluding sentence was very clever, good stuff :) I'll be reviewing this book later on and your comments got my attention! Glad you enjoyed the book, it sounds awesome :) oh my gosh, your coffee picture on the blog is so yummy!! blessings Linda!

Beth said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book. I, too, enjoyed her other books. Thanks for a great review!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your positive comments! I am very eagerly waiting for this book to come out. I could have pre-read it if I had a kindle, but I don't have that many electronics. I love her books and can't put them down when I get them ;-)