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.
Kate is an ER director who is running from her past. Wes is part of a search and rescue team. They meet in the hospital one day and then tragedy strikes.
I thought this book was very good. Kate and Wes seem like opposites in the beginning, especially in their views of God and family, but they eventually learn to get along. The story is decently paced with ER and rescue dramas, and a little romance added for good measure.
This was the first book I have read by Candace Calvert and am now looking forward to reading many more. Her writing style was easy to follow and kept me interested.
The story brings two people together who come from painful backgrounds with similarities. Kate's background was so broken and painful, and she seemed to be on the run from the pain. Wes had his own pain that he dealt with differently. The development of the relationship between the two was well written. I sometimes felt as though Kate trusted him more easily than she should given the intense hurt she had endured. But, that could be more how my personality would deal with it.
Pros: It is a great read, good story and great message of God's forgiveness and grace. That came through loud and clear. The characters were all very interesting and well defined.
Con: I have only one con. I get weary at times of romance stories always consisting of "petite little tiny women" and "big strapping muscular men." For most of the world, this is far from reality. It would be refreshing to have some more unique lead characters who are a little more "real life" people. Just my thoughts.
Overall, I would highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of her books!
Review: To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. I found the characters believable and very engaging. This is the first book I have read by Candace Calvert, but it will definitely not be the last one I read. I found her style of writing to be easy to follow and the book hard was hard to put down. The spiritual side is strong and is woven throughout the book and the characters. I highly recommend this book. (rev. P.Howard)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Candace Calvert is one talented lady! I always look forward to reading her latest book, Rescue Team, and somehow they keep getting better and better!
The intensity of working in an emergency room lends itself to a fast-paced book with lots of drama (and trauma!). That in and of itself tends to get me caught up in the story. But with characters like Kate and Wes, I couldn't help but get hooked early on. Plus, Candace's experience as a nurse is a huge asset to each of her books. There's such realism in each encounter with ER patients.
I think the best thing about the characters in this book is that they're great people _ people you want to be friends with. BUT they've got plenty of flaws as well. (I hate "perfect" characters!) In this case, Wes and Kate each have issues from their past that are causing them to struggle in their current situations. It makes for a great friendship between them _ if not difficult at times. I also loved the family aspect of this book. Wes's family plays a significant role in his life and it shines throughout the story.
At times reminiscent of a cleaner version of favorite medical dramas like ER and Grey's Anatomy, Rescue Team is a winner! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.