Critical Care, Mercy Hospital Series #1   -     By: Candace Calvert
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Critical Care, Mercy Hospital Series #1

Tyndale House / 2009 / Paperback

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After her brother's tragic death fighting a fire, former trauma nurse Claire Avery can't face going back to the ER. But when she must offer staff counseling after a propane explosion in a local day care center, Claire's plan self-destructs. She's back in the ER, battling painful memories-and the handsome and surly doctor who thrives on chaos. Dr. Logan Caldwell has learned to distance himself from painful emotion. He expects his ER staff to be as tough as he is, and when hospital administration sends a beautiful but pushy education nurse to offer counseling, he'll have none of it.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414325436
ISBN-13: 9781414325439
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Series: Mercy Hospital

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After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She's determined to make a fresh start—new hospital, new career in nursing education—move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she's called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion. Worse, she's forced back to the ER, where she clashes with Logan Caldwell, a doctor who believes touchy-feely counseling is a waste of time. He demands his staff be as tough as he is. Yet he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator . . . who just might teach him the true meaning of healing.


Candace Calvert’s Critical Care offers a heart-warming story, delving deep into the characters’ lives as they struggle with life’s relevant, common issues. Nurse Claire Avery has her future mapped out perfectly -- until she is assigned to work in the ER. Claire finds her world spinning out of her control after dealing with a tragedy that hits too close to home and meeting Logan Caldwell, a handsome doctor. Their lives collide as they try figure out the true meaning of healing and hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” Claire learns that her plans don’t always match what God has in store. After meeting Logan, her heart begins to heal in ways she never thought possible. Logan also learns a few lessons of his own after one of his co-workers becomes injured in a car accident, and both Claire and Logan learn to agree to disagree.

The plot is believable and easy to follow, and the dialogue is fluid and lifelike. Calvert, herself an ER nurse, incorporates medical terminology and jargon but is sure not to overwhelm the reader. The book is biblically sound, offering godly perspectives on how to deal with tragedy and relationships. Calvert does not tie up all the loose ends, leaving the reader wanting a sequel.

I enjoyed the book; the first chapter hooked me, and the rest flowed quickly and smoothly. The ending does not disappoint. Calvert keeps her main characters front and center, yet she artfully develops supporting characters. I highly recommend this book; it would make an excellent gift, as almost every woman should enjoy it. Critical Care is ideal for fans of ER and Grey’s Anatomy and will entertain women of all ages. This well-written novel is the perfect pleasure book and an excellent addition to any book collection, sure to uplift and encourage its readers spiritually. – Caitlin Wilson,

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  1. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    October 22, 2014
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Critical Care - eBook.
    A wonderful story that takes place mainly in the ER. Life does not always go according to the plans of this medical team. They all struggle with broken relationships and some with broken dreams and hopes. People are not always who they appear to be and so there are disappointments and heart ache along the way but submitting to God's plan for our lives is always the best plan!
  2. Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good balance of action, romance, drama
    June 6, 2014
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Candace Calvert writes pulse-throbbing, action packed "hope operas" in the medical romance genre. She creates vibrantly alive characters we can relate with and wonderful character development where members of a medical team face daily personal, professional and spiritual challenges. You may not want to put the book down until you've read it to the end.

    At Sierra Mercy Hospital the staff had dubbed Dr. Logan Caldwell "Dr. McSnarly." That reputation was on solid ground when Claire Avery suffered her first encounter with him in the ER. It was the worst possible time for her to be there since they'd just had an influx of emergency cases--a fire at a local daycare center. Claire wasn't there as a nurse, but Logan Caldwell didn't know that. With his caustic "Help, or get out of the way" comment still ringing in her ears, she went on to find the nursing director who had called her there. Claire was a nurse educator, on call to offer peer support and emotional well-being assessments of the ER staff. They had just lost a little girl from the daycare.

    It didn't take long for Claire to determine that Dr. Caldwell had no use for counseling, intervention and especially prayer. In fact, his way of dealing with the stress of working the ER was just to soldier on when things got tough. He expected his medical support team to do the same. None of this touchy-feely stuff Claire was bringing to his ER. Claire considered the ER director's hard line attitude as part of the problem, especially with the high turnover rate and complaints from some of the nurses. Her job was to help "heal the healers." To do that, she would have to go toe to toe with Dr. McSnarly.

    In developing the characters, the author reveals that there's a reason why Logan Caldwell encloses himself in a shell. We learn that Claire has issues of her own due to the loss of her fireman brother two years earlier. One of Dr. Caldwell's most efficient nurses, Sarah, is bearing up under a weight no one else knows about, and the charge nurse, Erin, is trying to hold together her team of nurses while dealing with personal insecurities. How all this comes to a head in an explosion of events is what makes this book an exciting read.

    Another element besides the fast pace and great character portrayal is the author's use of metaphors. My favorite two metaphors have to do with a stump on Dr. Caldwell's property, and Claire's brother's rescued cat, Smokey, who has only one ear. The cat had lost a skirmish with a raccoon with the loss of one ear and his confidence. Now he refuses to go outside. Logan wants to build a home on his property, but the stubborn stump is in his way. He has spent hours hacking away at it with an ax, but it refuses to budge.

    Digging deeper, there is an important spiritual message woven into the plot. Claire has made an effort to remake herself and her career after her brother's death by retraining to become a nurse educator. It all fit into her plans to recover from the devastation of her ER experience of the past. This plan is reflected in her prayers for healing. So why was she suddenly thrust back into the ER as peer counselor to stressed staff when she herself was barely recovered from her painful memories? What was God doing, changing her plans?

    I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed this one. I highly recommend them to readers who enjoy medicals dramas, humor, seemingly impossible romances and Christian content.
  3. Cressona, Pa.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 21, 2012
    Cressona, Pa.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have the entire series and I am really enjoying the stories. My favorite is medical fiction so I hope there are more to come!
  4. Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can't wait for the next in the series.
    June 10, 2012
    Cheri S
    Battle Creek, MI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I recently discovered a new author (to me) and would like to share that information with all of you. She already has four books out, which is terrific, because now I don't have to wait to read the second in the series. I read her first book in less than a week, not because it was short, but because I couldn't put it down.

    Candace Calvert has the power to captivate with words, storyline, and characters. She allows the reader to "hear" the story through four of her characters, which brings the story to life at a much deeper level, at least in my opinion.

    I started with Critical Care, the first book from her Mercy Hospital Series. It begins through the eyes of the main character, Claire, but then continues by introducing Logan, the hero. Erin, the head charge nurse, and lastly, Sarah, another character who is pivotal to the story, make up the last of the four people whose lives you get to experience firsthand.

    Candace begins with intense medical drama that quickly draws the reader in, but then she slowly introduces the characters and events in their lives, keeping the reader wanting to turn the page. The medical drama continues to deliver, but you are taken so intimately into each character's background that their work is secondary and their personal lives become the primary focus. I found myself becoming emotionally involved with each and every one of the four characters that were developed so well. I eagerly anticipated how each event was going to continue to unfold and how their lives would overlap.

    The author delivers from the first page all the way to the end. I cannot wait to read the second book in the series. I am glad it is already published so I don't have to wait very long.

    I have already starting spreading the word about how great I think this series and (new to me) author is, but don't take my word for it. Why don't you go pick up a copy and see for yourself?

    To make it easy for you, here is her first series in order, and the first book in her second series: Mercy Hospital (3 in series): Critical Care, Disaster Status, Code Triage

    Grace Medical (next series): Trauma Plan (first in series so far).

    You can also visit her website and read an excerpt from each book if you would rather. Just Google Candace Calvert and you are there. If you get a chance to pick up any in the series, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of her books too.
  5. The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Pleasant Read
    April 10, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Claire used to be an ER nurse, but when her brother came in during her shift severely burned and died, she panicked and couldn't work the ER anymore. She promised herself never to set foot in the ER again. She took a new job at another hospital and tried to stay away from the ER. But when the ER team are dealing with a tragedy she is needed to evaluate the staff if they can handle the situation.

    Dr. Logan Caldwell is not happy to see Claire counseling his staff. His experience is that counseling doesn't help. He thinks one must set their problems aside and do a good job. But with his gruff demeanour he's making working with him almost impossible.

    When he is showing indifference to Claire's work she's not afraid to tell him the truth. For Logan that is a surprise. No one ever talked to him that way.

    Both Claire and Logan are suffering loss and disappointments. Claire is a believer, but Logan doesn't believe in the power of prayer. He tried that, but it didn't work. Claire had her future plans worked out, but they're all falling apart.

    Will those two hurting people find healing—and love?

    Secondary characters ER head nurse Erin and workaholic nurse Sarah are making the story more interesting. All the characters fit nicely in the story—even the one-eared cat is a character to love. :)

    I really love reading Candace Calvert's work. She has such a pleasant voice and she knows how to captivate me. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Candace Calvert
Submitted: April 15, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a former ER nurse who landed "on the other side of the stethoscope" after an equestrian accident that broke my neck . . . and restored my faith. The dramatic story of my accident and recovery was chosen for Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul and began my writing career. I'm also a wife, mother and proud grandmother of six; love cooking, bird watching, cruise travel--and am my husband's biggest karaoke fan.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I've long been disappointed that the very popular TV medical dramas--while offering plenty of action--rarely address issues of faith. As a nurse I know how many prayers are sent heavenward from hospitals by patients, family and medical staff. My Mercy Hospital series offers all the adrenalin-infused drama and adds a soothing prescription for hope. Critical Care introduces the series, inviting readers to "scrub in" as part of the team.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I think readers will enjoy "behind the scenes" glimpses into the exciting world of emergency medicine . . . and into the hearts of medical, fire, and rescue personnel--real heroes all. In the end I believe they will feel uplifted by the story's encouraging message. It's been said that I write medical "hope opera"--I love that.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It's wonderful to be able to reach out to and entertain readers, while at the same time honoring the folks who spend their lives in service to others. The underlying spiritual theme for Critical Care is base on Jer. 29:11. And I feel blessed that writing this book--this series--is part of God's loving plan for my future.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I welcome you all to visit my website and my blog RX:Hope. You can also connect with me via Twitter and my Facebook Fan Page, Candace Calvert Books. I'd love to have you "scrub in."

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