Chaplain Riley Hale is a nurse who after a vicious assault that left her lasting injuries, is trying to get back to her life as an ER nurse. Struggling to prove herself capable, she volunteers at a local free clinic that is not loved at all by it's upscale neighbors. There she meets it's director, Dr. Jack Travis, a gruff man who seems to have a lot of baggage of his own. Desperate to save his clinic, Jack will use any means necessary to keep it open. Even if it means using Riley's family name. Can they both put their trust in God to fight their battles and heal their wounded hearts?
This was the first time I have read one of Candace Calvert's novels; and it definitely won't be my last. This book starts with action right away and doesn't let up until the end. The various trauma scenes through out the book are so well written. Easy enough for the average person to understand the medical jargon but thrilling enough that you can't help but feel like you are right there. The struggles with trusting God that Riley and Jack have are so real and heart wrenching at times. I hope that there will be more in this series and now have to track down her other three novels. I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my review.
What is it about this medical suspense genre that I love so much? And Candace Calvert in particular! Perhaps it's because I feel like she combines the drama (medical and personal!) of shows like ER or Grey's Anatomy with realistic characters, sweet romance, and intriguing mysteriesÃ¢â¬âall against a backdrop of faith. Trauma Plan is no exception.
Riley desperately wants to return to her former duties as an ER trauma nurse. However, injuries have sidelined her and she feels "stuck" in her job as ER chaplain. When Dr. Jack Travis gives her an opportunity to prove herself and hone her skills at his free clinic, she reluctantly accepts his offer. Between the community trying to shut the clinic down and the tension between Riley and Jack, sparks are flying everywhere! As they get to know each other, a fragile trust formsÃ¢â¬âand is jeopardized when Jack's past comes out.
Wow. Candace Calvert delivers again in Trauma Plan. Riley and Jack were fantastic characters, and I loved getting both of their perspectives throughout the book. Candace does a great job of creating flawed characters that are likeable yet real. The secondary characters in this novel were excellent as well and at times stole the show. Bandy, the formerly homeless man who helps at the shelter, and his gimpy dog Hobo were wonderful additions to this cast of characters. While the book wasn't as suspenseful as I expected, the romance and faith elements were strong and it worked out to be the perfect mix.
As always I highly recommend this Candace Calvert novel and look forward to reading more in this series! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I know that anybody who reads this review is going to be a reader, so this question should resonate with all of you. Have you ever read a book by an author and at the end of it wanted to smack yourself upside the head and scream, "Why haven't I taken the time to read his/her books before?" Well, that's where I was when I finally put this down a couple of minutes ago. I've had Candace's books in our library for awhile now and never found myself pulling them off the shelf. I can tell you, though, after finishing this book I'll definitely make the time to read her other series.
Riley Hale is coming back from a vicious attack. Dr. Jack Travis feels like his whole life is under attack. Throw in a lovable side-kick and his trusty canine companion, plenty of personal secrets and some well planned criminal mischief and you have yourself the recipe for a terrific story. Riley needs to be cleared by her doctors and plenty of practice to ever think she will be considered for another ER position. Jack just wants to get his low-cost neighborhood clinic up and running and avoid unpleasant run-ins with the residents of the community surrounding the clinic. The neighbors have taken up the "Not In My Back Yard" mentality and are determined to run him off. Once secrets are revealed, secrets that Jack had hope no one would ever find out, will this be the end of Riley and Jack? Will the clinic overcome the obstacles of the neighbors and succeed? When or when will the next book be published? Not going to tell you, you'll have to read the book just like I did :)
The message at church this morning centered around the time when Jesus fed the crowds with the 7 loaves of bread and a few fish from Mark 8. This follows the first time when they fed the multitude with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. In the message, our pastor pointed out that God will teach us again and again until we get the point. I thought of that today when I was reading about Jack. Jack had a personal secret that had shaped his believe in God. Because of this, he never allowed God to become a part of his life again. He filled his life with doing good for others but never built that relationship with Him again. It was only when Riley came into his life and he saw her convictions was he able to entertain a relationship with Him again. How many times do we blind ourselves to situations that we should be learning from, ones that should take us on a better journey with Him? Jack's friend, Bandy, summed it up correctly (hope Candace doesn't mind me plagiarizing from her book), "We all make mistakes, Doc. We're only human. That's where grace comes in!".
Is this book a "man's book"? There are parts of the book where the relationship building between Riley and Jack are the forefront of the story, but it flowed so smoothly with the rest of the storyline. Men will identify with Jack as he was "raised by wolves", so we can all see ourselves in his character. I think any man will enjoy this book, as I did, and look forward to the next book in the series.
I received this book from the author in exchange for writing a review that contained my honest opinion.
Another Awesome Medical Drama from Candace Calvert
May 23, 2012
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert
Awww finally another Candace Calvert book! I've been waiting on this since set informed her readers the story was in the making, and let me tell you it is well worth the wait! I love Trauma Plan, as well as all of Candace's other books! Yes I am a Candace fan!
Hospital Chaplin Riley Hale needs to be back in ER at her old nursing job. That's what she loves to do. But because of an earlier assault, her Doctors haven't released her to do that job again, and her fellows workers are not sure she is competent enough just yet.
And then there is Dr. Jack Travis. Or could we say drill sergeant Jack? Dr. Travis worked as an ER Dr. and also ran a clinic for those who couldn't afford high hospital bills. Since the run-down clinic was near a high and mighty sub-division, Jack was constantly being harassed by the rich folks from the wealthy community. This, and other things in Jacks past life cause such deep anger and bitterness in Jack that his fellow workers found him very difficult to be around.
And it seemed that Jack especially had it in for Riley, one thing he really didn't care for her job as Chaplin at the hospital. He felt it was a total waist of time. Then why did he offer to let her help at the clinic? And Riley working at the clinic throws she and Jack together more. Could there be an attraction between them? Well I for one would like it, but then we will have to wait and see!
There is so much going on in this story that you will not want to put this book down once you start reading it. And with so much going on, we see Candace Calvert's expert writing ability in full force, because she does a wonderful amazing job of pulling all of the characters and situations together to pen an unforgettable medical drama. And to read all about it, I highly recommend that you go grab a copy of "Trauma Plan" to read and enjoy for yourself.
The blurb sounds really interesting/intriguing, huh? Trust me, when you actually pick this novel up, you won't be disappointed. Candace is an amazing author who knows exactly how to draw in her readers. I think that the development of Jack Travis and Riley Hale was brilliant. Great characters often have troubling pasts and Jack's past surely fits that script. I felt as though his past and story brought me in and kept me reading until the last word of the book. Of course, all of the other major and minor characters personality's shined as well. Especially Bandy Biggs's character. (if you have read this book: Didn't you just love the character Bandy Biggs?)
This is the first medical drama I have read. I half expected a medical scene played out, a little something like this, "Scalpel. Scalpel. Retractor. Retractor. Surgical stapler. Surgical stapler." or maybe a load of medical jargon that forced me to look up terms in a medical dictionary. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to read through this novel and thoroughly enjoy the plot without any unnecessary interruptions.
My favorite books are the one that tug at your heart. The ones that make you silently lift up a prayer for struggling and heartbroken characters (even though you know that they aren't real). I found myself moved by Riley's faith, her constant struggle with disability and her finally learning to trust God and His will for her life. Jack's life story is nothing short of one trial and tribulation after another. When he accepts Christ, his character changes from a bitter, anger management issue plagued person to one who really wants God in His life. Jack learns that God's plans are not a coincidence.
This is the first book I have read by Candace Calvert and I hope it wont be my last. Her writing here emanates good use of imagery. It was peppered with humor and plenty of laughable moments. It was a page turner, plain and simple! I'd rate this book my 5 star seal of approval:)