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:)
I love books set in the medical scene. I love medical shows. For some reason, it fascinates me. However, I hate it when people write books set in a medical scene and either write with lots of medical jargon that many people don't understand or they write with no clue about how the medical field works. I had never read anything by Candace Calvert but I was a little hesitant in checking out this book purely because I thought it would be a disaster due to past experiences. I'm so excited to say that this book exceeded my expectations and I fell in love with Candace's writing and with the characters in this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I really hope that some of the main characters are carried out throughout the entire series. I found myself incredibly sad, yet happy at the ending. Candace is a former ER nurse and has tons of knowledge. However, she does a great job at not including a lot of medical jargon without explaining it and doesn't create unrealistic problems and incidents within the hospital setting. She writes from experience with the main character, as well, which I think enhances the character, Riley.
Riley had an incident that has caused her to stop working in the ER as a nurse. However, that doesn't stop her heart from longing to be back in the ER and she works hard to obtain her goal. Jack is running from some things in his past and has to find a way to clean up his clinic's name from some bad events happening on his property and in the well-to-do neighborhood located next to his clinic. When Jack meets Riley and finds out her last name and her connection to a foundation, he realizes this is just the key. So he offers Riley a chance to work at his clinic, which she jumps on because it's a chance for her to practice her skills. With each other using each other to obtain their goals, romance is bound to happen. However, when Jack's past is dug up, will Riley be able to put her past aside and accept Jack? Or will she really believe that he's done what he's accused of doing? Will anyone be able to help clear Jack's name?
I've already downloaded the first book in one of her other series so I'm excited to start that series now! I'm so glad that I found a writer who feeds my desire to read anything medical and keeps it clean! Thanks Candace!
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
"Trauma Plan" is a Christian romance novel. I must admit that I thought this story was going to have a bit of mystery as well: who assaulted Riley back when she was injured? We did get some mystery, but it was why Vesta, a secondary character, knew Jack and was afraid to be around him. I was actually more interested in Vesta's struggle to overcome her fears and in the other secondary characters than in Riley and Jack's romance.
I liked Riley, and all the character were complex and acted in very realistic ways. But I felt like I understood Kate's motives behind her attraction to the flattering man better than I understood Riley's attraction to Jack. My opinion of him was more what she said near the end, but perhaps that's because the author let us see inside Jack's head to his true motives for doing some of the "nice" things he did. It took Riley a little longer to see beyond what she wanted to see.
In Calvert's previous novels, I felt like the characters were more involved in dealing with the God issues in their lives throughout the novel so any reconciliation with God that happened felt natural. Jack refused to even consider God until the very end, so it felt sudden to me even if it was believable. I liked Riley's struggle better--trying to get God to give her what she wanted rather than realizing she's exactly where God wanted her to be.
There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he cursed" style bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
TRAUMA PLAN:GRACE MEDICAL by Candace Calvert is a heart stopping inspirational romance/suspense/medical drama. I liked all the characters,especially,Riley Hale,an ER nurse who had been viciously assaulted and Jack Travis,a Dr. of a small clinic. I liked the romance between the two of them. Riley was always willing to volunteer in the clinic. She loved people.With dangers lurking,protests escalating and with her budding romance with Dr. Jack Travis ,Riley wonders if she should trust her heart with Jack. A good book! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she's competent when the hospital won't let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic, despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.
Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he's commander of the Alamo. He'll fight the community's efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale's influential family name to make it happen.
As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassionÃ¢â¬âand stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack's rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it's dangerous to trust him with her heart.
I'm always drawn to books that revolve around the world of medicine, and Candace Calvert with ER nurse experience has penned a Ã¢â¬Ëhealthy dose' in this one. Ã¢â¬ËTrauma Plan' is well-written and keeps you turning pages to find out how all this drama will pan out. The highlights in this book are the wide array of likeable characters: The most endearing ones are Bandy a former homeless rodeo man and his dog, Hobo. Bandy, in the hopes of making him see his need for God, never tires of sharing words of wisdom with his employer, Jack, a rather self-absorbed but kind-hearted doctor. "_you'll snag more flies with honey, than vinegar, son." Then there are Riley and Kate, both nurses and good friends, and the mysterious Vesta, an outpatient. What they all have in common, along with shaping this intriguing story, is the fact that they're harbouring hurts that are festering beneath the surface, begging for healing. I would, however have liked to hear a bit more of Kate's story, which we only get snippets of. (Maybe the next book will reveal more about her.) If you like hospital drama, suspense and some Bandy-like Ã¢â¬Ëpeanut butter and wisdom sandwiches' then you'll want to cosy up with this never-a-dull-moment book.
In exchange for an honest review, Tyndale provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.