Debut author, Candace Calvert, has accomplished something unique and wonderful with the start of her Mercy Hospital Series. "Critical Care" introduces us to a wonderful cast that I'm hopeful to see again and again in future books. Logan is the doctor in charge of the ER at Mercy and is known for being hard on nurses, to the point of making them quit. Erin is the head nurse who runs the nurses like a pro, but can't seem to get her love life to get in line like it should. Sarah is the reliable nurse that works extra, extra shifts and is always early because she doesn't want to let Logan down - but is her personal life falling apart? Into the middle of this mix in the ER we find Claire thrust because a huge daycare tragedy has occurred and they need her help with evaluating whether the staff is handling what they dealt with. The only problem is that Claire, who used to be an ER nurse, had trauma of her own and now avoids the ER like the plague. Can these four broken, hurting healers heal themselves? This venture into the ER is sure a riveting way to find out. I am looking forward to our next venture to Mercy Hospital!
Doctor Logan Calvert is the hard-nosed ER director at Sierra Mercy Hospital. The good doctors utmost motivation is the wellbeing of his patients. Good, you say. Well, in his drive for perfection, he goes through ER nurses like a hot knife through soft butter. If they arent the crme of the crop, theyre history. No questions asked, no answers offered. Oh, and he has a hidden trauma in his past that defines his drive.Nurse Claire Avery is attached to the education department of the hospital. Her counseling task: to heal the healers who day in and day out, psychologically deal with the trauma they encounter in different ways. Oh, and she has a hidden trauma in her past that defines her drive.ER Nurse Sarah Burke is an overachiever. Excessively efficient, she is driven by her self-imposed commitment never to let Dr. Caldwell down. Oh, andyes, you guessed itshe has a hidden trauma in her past that defines her drive.ER Nurse Erin Qinn is the nurse-in-charge of the ER nurses. She is competent, caring, and caught in the middle between the iron-fisted Dr. Caldwell and her own nursing staff. Hidden trauma? Ill let you decide.All of these drives at times complement, at times collide. Conflict, the grit of reality in the ER and, of course, unexpected romance combine to make this a fast-paced novel that challenges your mind, your heart, and your faith all at the same time. Ms. Calverta former ER nurse herselfdelivers a tightly-written tale that sends you to the peak of contentment on one page, then into the valley of frustration on the next; kind of like, well, life in an emergency room.If you like ER and Greys Anatomy, but yearn for a clear Christian motivation in the mix, "Critical Care" is your book.* No, I didnt forget the outside-looking-out. The milieu of the story is the in and there would be no setting for the story if there were no in. Nice try. :-)
I'm hooked on Grey's Anatomy, and now I'm hooked on anything that Candace Calvert writes. This is her first novel, so I'm hoping that there will be many more to come. Her experience as an ER nurse shines through the pages that I could not turn quickly enough. If medical programs interest you, this book would be worth your time.The plot is an intricate one with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Characters are believable. Although this is a romance, it's not typical. Claire and Logan keep the reader wondering whether or not romance might develop. I won't tell as I don't want to ruin it for you. It's not the typical Christian fiction either. One character is a God follower, but others are not. Added into the plot is a bit of a whodunit when money disappears. It's simply a good read.