Kate Callison is the interim director of the emergency department at Austin Grace Hospital, and she's finding it hard to fill the shoes of her saintly predecessor, Sunni Sprague, who disappeared several months ago. Staff morale is at an all-time low and she is under pressure to improve the reputation of the ER following a series of critical letters published in the local paper. Things get worse when an abandoned newborn baby is discovered in the ER bathrooms, a tragedy that reminds Kate of the secret she has tried to forget.
Wes Tanner is the perfect man. Handsome, blue eyes, works in the family business and leads a small volunteer search and rescue in Houston, Texas. He searches for the lost because he still wonders why his mother committed suicide when he was a child. He is attracted to Kate, but she keeps herself aloof from everyone, especially her father.
There lots of suspense and a nice romance with a good mix of internal and external conflict and an underlying theme of being lost then found. Rescue Team is very well plotted and relatively complex, with solid and likeable yet fallible characters, especially Kate and her father, Matt.
There were a lot of characters including five viewpoint characters, and while they weren't difficult to keep straight, I do think five is too many point of view characters in a novel of this length. Kate and Wes, as heroine and hero in a medical romance, were obvious viewpoint characters, and I could see why Matt, Kate's father, was important.
The other two? The inclusion of one effectively revealed her role in the â€˜mystery' of the letters, while I'm still not sure if the other was a red herring or just setting the character up as being the lead in the next book in the series. This is the second in the Grace Medical series. I had no trouble following the story in Rescue Team, even though I haven't read Trauma Plan, the first in the series. Good, but some lingering questions and too many viewpoint characters prevent it being great.
Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I thoroughly enjoy Candace Calvert's books and requested to be on her short list of reviewers. So here we are with the second in the Grace Medical Series with "Rescue Team." The main characters Wes and Kate are thrust upon each other because their employment puts them directly in each others path. Wes is a search and rescue team leader and Kate is an emergency room supervisor. When Wes finds the lost and hurt, they are brought to Kate's ER.
Wes was lost as a child and doesn't want others to endure his traumatic experience or at least he wants to rescue the lost so they don't hurt as much. But he is still trying to come to terms with his own childhood experience. Kate has been running from hospital to hospital in short-term positions because she is actually running from life. Her past makes her run because she is hurting and she is lost and she believes she has done something no one will forgive. But Kate wants to make it perfectly clear to Wes that she doesn't need rescuing.
While the story is about the lost and the rescued and the hurting and the healed, it is also about forgiveness. The healing power of God's forgiveness for us and the healing power of our being able to forgive others. But this is a story of drama, too. Drama in the ER. Hospital drama with insurance liability and PR concerns. Drama in the field searching for the lost. Drama in family relationships. And it is a story of tenderness. The tenderness of being forgiven. The tenderness of a baby's touch. The tenderness of a gentle kiss.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Rescue Team by the author, Candace Calvert, in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
Kate Callison, head nurse at Austin's Grace Hospital has her work cut out for her. Stepping into the shoes of the former beloved head nurse that has gone missing has Kate scrambling to gain the trust of her staff. It seems to be an uphill battle; with scandal around every corner she turns it doesn't seem that Kate will be at Grace Hospital for very long.
Wes Tanner is a part of the volunteer rescue team in the community. When he and Kate meet sparks fly between them. He thinks of her as a prickly cactus and she lets him know under no uncertain terms that she has no need to be rescued.
When a young mother gives birth on the restroom floor in the ER and leaves her baby behind Kate and Wes are each reminded of events in their lives that they would both rather forget. Wes was abandoned by his mother when he was a young boy. He doesn't understand how a mother could do such a thing. Kate has a secret in her life which keeps her running from her past and keeps her from becoming close to anyone, including God. When a fledgling relationship between Wes and Kate develops their pasts may prevent them from ever exploring what they could have.
Rescue Team was a great story of God's ultimate forgiveness and peace. I liked the main characters of Kate and Wes, but I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters like Kate's friend Lauren and Wes's friend Gabe. Both of them are honest and truthful and full of humor. I liked how the characters were true to life and portrayed so that the reader could feel a connection to them. A very good read and I am looking forward to reading other books in the Grace Medical series.
Ok,so I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Of course, I will also admit that I've done that to all of the books by Candace Calvert. So please, don't take my "Man Card" away just yet.
Kate Callison has spent her life running, now all she wants to do is take over as permanent ER Director as Austin Grace Hospital. The hospital is under a PR nightmare with the recent disappearance of their ER Director, a couple of deaths attributed to long wait times and an anonymous blogger keeping all of this fresh in the media. Wes Tanner runs a local search and rescue team on the side. A couple of rescues brings him into contact with Kate and feelings between them begin to grow. Kate isn't sure she wants to open up to Wes with all her baggage, but her feelings keep getting in the way. Now there's a missing baby and everyone is on the lookout. Kate runs away to clear her head when things with Wes take a wrong turn. What is so bad in her past that she can't overcome? Will Wes let her run without chasing? Is the baby ever found? Yes, you're right, GO BUY THE BOOK!
Is this a "guy's book"? I will be honest and say that this is not your regular guy's book. The theme is romance, redemption and a lot of talk about feelings. I will also say, though, that I enjoyed this book. The character of Wes has such a strong faith and belief system, but even he has an "AHA!" moment in the book that most men need to read about so that they can get their own "AHA!" moment.