Riley Hale is an hospital chaplain now since a severe trauma sidelined her from being a nurse. She struggles with the fact that not only the physical injuries are keeping her back, but the mental trauma with fear that grips her. She so much wants to overcome her fears and disabilities, but time and time again, she has to admit she is not fit for a nursing job again.
When she comes face to face with Dr. Jack Travis, she thinks him a maverick or a drug user, she is not sure what to think, actually. He is caught in a war between the posh homeowners of the area and the poor of the area who need his free clinic. When mysterious accidents continue to happen, old news is brought to light. Is Jack Travis really who he says he is or does he have a darker past?
This is another well written medical mystery and romantic story from Candace Calvert. Ms. Calvert draws from her own experience as a nurse and suffering an injury to write this one and you can tell. It is very well written, and will keep you going back to it until the last page.
I liked the real life type experiences that did not just glaze over the PTSD issues that victims face and some of the hardships that happen when a crime is committed.
Candace Calvert in her new book, "Trauma Plan" Book One in the Grace Medical series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the lives of Riley Hale and Jack Travis.
From the Back Cover: 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.
Get ready for excitement as Riley Hale and Dr. Jack Travis team up to defend the free clinic that Jack has opened. Riley is an E.R. nurse that was brutally attacked leaving her with physical problems as well as emotional ones. Jack is hiding all kinds of secrets that will be unearthed leaving him and the clinic with forced closure. "Trauma Plan" is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger. However, it is also a romance that builds as Riley and Jack have to learn to trust each other. Candace Calvert knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book from Ms. Calvert in this series.
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More than a year ago ER nurse Riley Hale was injured in a brutal attack. Because of her injuries she can't perform the tasks needed of an ER nurse. Now she's working as a chaplain in the hospitalÃ¢â¬âhoping that someday she will be able to work as ER nurse again.
Daredevil Dr. Jack Travis runs a free clinic. When Jack meets Riley and learns about her condition, he offers her to help at his clinic to practice her skills. Despite her fears of Jack's reputation she accepts his offer. While working together Jack discovers that he not only needs her in his clinic, but also in his personal life.
Riley learns that the rumours she heard about Jack are not completely true and she starts to care for him.
While reading about the growing attraction and romance between Jack and Riley, we also meet some nice secondary characters. Bandy Biggs and his lovely dog on carts Hobo really made me smile. Then there's Vesta Calder who knows something about Jack's past, but she's too scared to talk. And Riley's friend Kate also has her own secrets to deal with.
This book is the first in a new series, but can also be read as a stand-alone. I learned that Riley's character first was introduced in Code Triage, but you don't have to read that book first. I haven't read Candace Calvert's previous books and I didn't feel like I was missing something.
Candace's writing is impeccable, the characters easily loved and the plot nicely developed.
This book is on my favorites list of 2012!
*Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me a free eBook for review.*
I loved this book and I'm looking forward to more great things from Candace Calvert and the Grace Medical series!
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.
Candace Calvert wrote an incredible book that reminds us to forgive and trust God with everything. She challenges us to walk in faith through all life situations. Her characters are real, likeable, honest and at times, raw. I appreciated her development of each character and the way she helps the reader apply these situations to their own lives.
This book contains humor, romance and faith. Yet, it deals with some heavy issues. Even the main character, a chaplain, has questions she is working through as she digs deeper in her relationship with God.
From the medical details, to the romance, to the romantic balcony dinner and even the skies for a quick dive, this book packs more than one wallop.
Sooo smooth - the only word I can think of to describe the writing. There isn't a single stuttering moment, the story uber-comfortable to slip into and hard to leave.
Jack is the quintessential rugged hero. Not afraid to tackle any challenge, determined to climb any mountain that gets in his way, he's the character that is driven and in turn drives.
To watch the romance between Jack and Riley is a wonderful thing. Riley in her cautiousness and fears, but with strength to her core, just begging to be discovered. Opposites that bring out the good in the other.
I wanted Riley to see her dream realized, she longed to get back into the ER so badly, but sometimes where we are is right where God wants us to be.
Having a part-time job in the medical field, I had to smile at the new details I now know and can appreciate, but don't let that "scare" the unknown from such a novel topic. It's written in such a way (again, gotta go back to *smooth*) that the reader smack in the middle of the action.
Being a lover of those ER scenes, I wanted a few more, but top to bottom the novel is a great one. Secondary characters that I look forward to seeing again in coming novels, plot that is thick with layers and main characters that rise to every challenge. Again_smooth.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Netgalley for my advance copy to review.