What a great book - Candace Calvert lets us really know the characters deeply, and care for their outcomes. She interweaves numerous plots and keeps the reader on the edge of our seats. I felt for Kate, so determined to keep her shameful past a secret, even though it is destroying her hope and her life. Wes was a strong, faithful hero with past hurts of his own to deal with. So many hurts and secrets. And yet, it all comes to a very meaningful and satisfying conclusion. Truth really does set people free! Forgiveness of self and others adds to that freedom. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
"Rescue Team" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. While this book can be read as a stand-alone novel, Kate is a main character in the previous book in this series. You can understand what's going on without reading "Trauma Plan," but there are some references to things that happened to Kate in that book.
All of the character were complex and acted in realistic ways. I had a hard time liking Kate at the beginning, so I also had a hard time understanding why Wes was interested in her. If he was trying to "rescue" her, I'd understand it, but that doesn't seem to be his motivation. But once Kate relaxed a bit around Wes, I could understand their attraction.
Kate abandoned her baby as a teenager, which she felt was unforgivable. The Christian element was her coming to understand that God could forgive her and use her to help others in a similar situation. Wes was abandoned in the woods by his mother when he was young, so he struggled with why his mother--or any mother--would ever abandon her child.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
I LOVED this book. I must admit that it was the first book I have read by Calvert, but it will NOT be my last. Calvert has written a phenomenal book that has a little bit of everything: tragedy, sadness, love, hope, and grace. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and found myself rooting for them throughout the whole story. I couldn't get through the book fast enough and now I can hardly wait to read more. Although this was the second book in the series, I didn't feel like I was missing anything by having not read the first book. I will definitely be recommending this book and author to others.
Led by Wes Tanner and Gabe Buckner, a search and rescue team finds an Alzheimer's patient lost in 50 degree weather and rush her to Austin Grace ER arriving just as a dead baby was found in the hall bathroom by the janitor. How could the EM department not realize the birth was so imminent and get the mother seen immediately? Who was the mother and who had done the triage interview? Kate Callison had been hired as the EM department director when Sunni, the previous director, disappeared. These two events and the disappearance of Sunni started this fast moving, page turning drama. The media was claiming the mother had waited hours to be seen and therefore the EM room was to blame for the baby's death. Because Kate's team was shell shocked by the disappearance of Sunni and the police were questioning her regarding this baby's death, she felt especially vulnerable. Barrett Lyon, the hospital attorney, seemed to want to blame the nurses or Wes Tanner, the guy who had taken the baby from the janitor or prosecute the mother of the baby found dead. Why was a critical stress debriefing needed? How did Kate's nurses feel about her? Why was the lawyer asking Kate to report on who felt responsible for the baby's death? Who showed up to see Kate? What did he hope to have someday? Why had he come? How had he changed? What happened to Wes' mother? What mistake had Kate made years earlier that haunted her? What was Judith accused of doing? Where did Kate go? What did Kate find? Who did Wes and Jenna find? Why did Kate not want to see Wes? What did she finally tell him? Why did she threaten Barrett? Where else did Kate go and whom did she see? What did Wes realize is as important as faith? This truly was an extremely exciting, suspenseful novel well worth reading. It also gives you an appreciation of EM doctors and nurses.