Disaster Status, Mercy Hospital Series #2
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Fire Captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he's learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he's forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Mercy Hospital
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Fire Captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; hes learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When hes forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Good ReadApril 13, 2013Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5ER charge nurse Erin has to find the source of poisoning that sent quite a few patients to the ER. The ER is on "disaster status" until the find and fix the problem. Handsome fire captain Scott keeps the media away and forms a bond with Erin.
I liked this book. The story of an ER nurse and a fireman both having to ovecome personal problems was interesting and I particularly liked the feisty grandparents and their pets.
imabrassy1TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a great story.January 25, 2013imabrassy1TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved the interaction between the characters ad the situations. It's tough to be in a new city and trying to get everything working at top efficiency. Can see Erin's view on that. Scott is by the book and inflexible to begin with but I can also see his side.God has to work wonders in all people. This is just an example of how we in the real world must act and react. Great book.
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Much Improvement Since Her Debut NovelOctober 15, 2011Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleI will forever stand by the opinion that authors always deserve a second chance. Truly, I did not enjoy Candace's first novel, Critical Care. I thought it was a copycat version of Grey's Anatomy that was unrealistic and over the top.
Disaster Status was oh-so-much better! I was a little nervous going into the first few chapters that Candace was still on the Grey's Anatomy kick, but she quickly proved me wrong. This story was much more genuine, and had realistic characters that slowly crept into my heart. I got to reconnect with Erin, and watch as she grew into a "woman of strength." And I also got to meet hunky Scott McKenna, and cheered him on while he struggled to make the right decisions for himself and his family. Last, but not least, little Cody stole my heart with his sweet disposition and brave front--all the while not knowing if he would lose his leg because of a dangerous infection.
It was very apparent that Candace knew her stuff when it came to ER procedures and patient care. Those portions of the book were expertly written. On the flip side, I didn't enjoy her sentence structure. There were far too many sentence fragments for my taste, and with a little more work (or a better editor), I believe she could get her point across more effectively with complete sentences. Also, I wish that Scott's occupation had been mentioned more. All I knew throughout the story was that he was a fire captain who had some medical training, but there were no scenes that had him actually on the job putting out fires.
Candace shows a lot of promise as a Christian fiction author, and clearly, medical dramas are her forte. I'm eager to see how she progresses with her writing, and I plan to search out the next and final book in this series, Code Triage.
readgreatfictionLancaster, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Warning: Environmental Disaster in progressMay 2, 2011readgreatfictionLancaster, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3When an environmental disaster in progress becomes a media circus and danger to the community Pacific Mercy Charge Nurse Erin Quinn calls for reinforcements. What she gets is Fire Captain Scott McKenna, a handsome incident commander who insists on doing everything by the book -even when that means refusing Erin entry into her own E.R. Tempers flare and sparks fly as these two battle it out, each trying to do their version of the right thing.
I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 in this series and was expecting book 2 to rate at the same level. In many ways it does. Author Candace Calvert builds deep, believable characters with all the quirky nuances that make them, well_characters. The plot took off right from the start, built in intensity as the story went on, and did not disappoint. This being said, I did not enjoy this book as much as book 1. It seemed that throughout this book Calvert was setting the stage for book 3. She took too much time building characters and situations that did not matter to this book.
This book would be great for a book club wanting a light read. There are many aspects that would make for great discussion, especially the differences between being a strong woman and a woman of strength.
I am only giving this book 4 stars, but would definitely still choose to read it if I were going back to make that choice. Even though this book can be read as a stand alone, I suggest reading book 1 first as it will help you understand the relationships between the characters better.
Fast ReaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5March 31, 2011Fast ReaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is the second book in the House of Mercy Series that I
read. It is a quick read.
Submitted: April 15, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a former ER nurse who found herself "on the other side of the stethoscope" after a riding accident that broke my neck and taught me the difference between being "strong" and knowing the true source of strength--faith in God. The story of my accident and recovery appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul and started my writing career. I'm a wife, Mom and proud grandmother to six; love to putter in my kitchen, garden, bird watch, travel--and listen to my husband play his guitar. I'm also an avid fan of Beth Moore Bible studies.
What was your motivation behind this project? Disaster Status continues the Mercy Hospital series and depicts the dramatic conflict within a community that's thrown into panic after a disaster. More importantly it allows readers an inside glimpse into the hearts and minds of the heroes struggling to control chaos--environmentally and in their personal (and spiritual) lives as well. My specialized training in peer counseling for critical incident stress was a great foundation for the books in this series. I loved it that my heroine, nurse Erin Quinn, can be "strong" enough to pull on a pair of boxing gloves--but has much to learn about true strength.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? As with the first book in this series (Critical Care), I'd like my readers to feel welcomed into the medical world as part of the team (struggles, triumphs, heart-tugging moments, joy). And at story's end to feel heartened by its message of hope.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing this book was special for me on many levels, beginning with the setting: the Pacific Coast, with scenes in Santa Cruz California--including a breathtaking ride on the boardwalk roller coaster! My family had a beach house in that area and it was great to re-visit sights, sounds, smells, memories, and share them with readers. Another delight was being able to excerpt a poem ("A Strong Woman vs. a Woman of Strength") after connecting personally with the poets. The wonderful verses were inspirational to me at tough time in my life and to be able to offer it to my readers was a true blessing.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Thank you for "scrubbing in" with the Mercy Hospital series, and please come visit me via my website, blog, or on Facebook (Candace Calvert Books) or Twitter.
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