"Rescue Team" by Candace Calvert is the second book in her "Grace Medical" series. This story is set in Austin, Texas and picks up the story of Kate Callison, briefly introduced in the first book. Kate has moved from San Antonio to become the interim ER director at Austin Grace Hospital. Running from a painful past, Kate has held nursing positions in several states. She hopes this position, this location, will finally be one where she can safely stay. Even so, she's taking her time unpacking her moving boxes and is keeping her eyes open for other potential jobs.
Kate meets search-and-rescue worker Wes Tanner under tragic circumstances in the Austin Grace ER. When she learns that his purposes conflict with hers, she attempts to keep up a wall between them. The last thing Kate wants is to be rescued.
I was enthralled by this story of forgiveness and compassion. As Kate learns to forgive herself for mistakes of her past, Wes learns to forgive, and even to understand, those whose mistakes have hurt him. Calvert shows how God can bring the unlikeliest of people together in a grand revelation of His character which brings healing to their hearts.
A bonus that I've enjoyed in this series is Calvert's description of cities through her character's dates. In the first book, "Trauma Plan," readers got a glimpse of San Antonio. In "Rescue Team," they learn a bit about Austin. Medical drama, romance, travel, and a moving message of God's love: if you like these, you will enjoy this book.
I liked the way the author brought her characters into the story line from book 1. bringing in scripture as a way to solve the main character's dilemna was great after she realized that she needed Christ. Need more books of this quality. Keep writing
Rescue Team is meant to be a medical drama that brings hope to its readers. Maybe this just isn't the right genre for me, but I had a hard time getting into the story. I was interested in how Kate and Wes' relationship would develop, but I didn't devour the book as I do when I'm really invested in the characters. I do appreciate that the book wrapped up most of its little mysteries and troubles with happy endings. Even though it's part of a trilogy, it didn't leave you with a cliff-hanger and a bunch of unanswered questions. I had not read the first book in the trilogy, but I was able to follow the plot of Rescue Team without feeling confused about what I'd missed in the previous book. Overall, Rescue Team was a good book. I enjoyed it, but I didn't love it.
This book was provided free by Tyndale Blog Network for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and these thoughts are my own.
Kate is a prickly ER nurse on the run from her past. After finding herself pregnant following sexual assault as a teenager, she abandons her newborn at a fire station. A decade later, she finds herself running an ER reeling from multiple tragedies, among them a beloved nurse who went missing and is assumed dead, and a newborn abandoned in the ER restroom who dies. But Kate holds it all together, despite the resentment for filling the deceased nurse's shoes, the constant bad publicity for the hospital, and crumbling internally.
Wes is a search and rescue volunteer who keeps finding himself in Kate's ER. Sparks fly, and the next thing you know he finds himself going from being told off publicly by Kate to taking her on dates in downtown Austin.
Themes: abandonment, abuse-physical and substance, forgiveness, faith. Standard fare leading to a predictably standard plot, this story was similar to a romantic comedy without the comedy: fairly entertaining but not a lot to chew on.
Two stars for the "I could see it coming a mile away" plot combined uninspiring writing.
This was the first book I read by Candace Calvert and I can't wait to read more written by her.
This story follows Kate Callison who has stepped into the position of ER director and Wes Tanner a local who is active with the area search & rescue team. They have to deal with some heartbreaking situations both in the ER and search & rescue that force them to confront their pasts before they can begin to move forward and lead healthy fulfilling lives.