My heart grieved for Kate Callison as I learned about her past. This book also opened my eyes to the difficulties in running a good ER - the pressure from the hospital management, the criticism from the patients waiting too long and the need to care for all patients well with reduced staffing (I actually read this book after spending a number of hours in an emergency room). But not only did I "see" the chaos in the ER, I also enjoyed learning more about search and rescue teams. And I found myself wincing as the author described Kate trying to walk after riding a horse for the first time in years - I have felt that pain, too! This book also explains the safe haven law, where mothers can give up an unwanted newborn safely, legally, and anonymously. I hope a book like this will save babies from dying from being abandoned.
It was only okay. I felt the writing and story line was disjointed. Even more so, I couldn't seem to connect with any of the characters in the book. For being the head of an emergency room, the main character, Kate was entirely too insecure. I know that it had to do with her "running from her past" but enough was enough. I found myself skipping paragraphs and wanting the story to be over in a genre of books I usually love.
Rescue Team is about all kinds of "rescue" and all kinds of "lost". Beneath the professional facades of the EMTs and the harried ER personnel are human beings with problems, worries, and hurt. They suffer from the traumas they see every day in the controlled-chaos of their work, especially any situations with bad outcomes involving children. Lauren offers prayer fellowship and peer counseling, but she is privately concerned about her mentally ill sister. Kate refuses to acknowledge her need for any help and hides behind a prickly exterior her guilt-ridden, grieving soul--sure that she is beyond any hope of redemption. Wes is haunted by childhood pain but finds satisfaction in his Search and Rescue team, his loving, supportive family, and his faith in God. Judith, the dedicated, model volunteer and Angie, the triage nurse, both hide their own desperate concerns. Yet they all do their best to put their troubled personal lives on hold to serve and to help the sick and the lost.
The book provides us with characters we care about, and the storyline has plenty of action between missing nurses, abandoned babies, and obnoxious lawyers. There is a great deal of hurt and pain in their stories, but the ending is triumphant, beautiful and immensely satisfying.
This is probably the first book that I have bought without reading what it is about much less read the back of it before plunging into the story. I just let the story flow and surprise me. :) it did! Not just that it was sweet romance, heart stopping drama and a mystery all over. It was very touching -- close to heart read. Written about dying babies, desperate mothers, hurting nurses and patients that want even more compassion this story reminded me of a turmoil and pain I went through last year. I had a primmi and she stayed in NICU for the 8 days of her short precious life. I was desperate for hope that she would make it. I didn't care about the people who stayed with her day and night I kept blaming them when they would call with the bad news...all until she died ...we were taken to private room and I cried my heart out for my baby, only after I had to give her back to them did I notice how all those nurses were crying and I realized that while I saw her only few minutes each day these women spent hours with her pouring their love on her, to them she was their little baby too... I know patients deserve compassion but I believe that medical personnel from ER to NICU to all directors and even volunteers deserve it much more. They chose this career because they want to help-- long house, low pay, difficult patients, life and death decisions, pressure from patients and their superiors and stress all over. They deserve our compassion, prayer and deep appreciation, they do all they can for us--patients-- and their job doesn't end when they clock out.
I loved Wes and his rescue team, their sacrifice for total strangers.. Ohhh and Nancy Rae, only Candance can lace so much drama and hurt with good natured laugh. This is amazing truthful, hopeful life story that makes you stop and thank God for His perfect plan and all the blessings we have in Him alone.
Thank you Candance for writing yet another fascinating story, cant wait till next one. Write faster :)