Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book Review: Critical Care by Candace Calvert

Mercy Hospital #1: Critical Care by Candace Calvert
Tyndale House Publishers, June 3, 2009

After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She's determined to make a fresh start???new hospital, new career in nursing education???move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she's called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion. Worse, she's forced back to the ER, where she clashes with Logan Caldwell, a doctor who believes touchy-feely counseling is a waste of time. He demands his staff be as tough as he is. Yet he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator . . . who just might teach him the true meaning of healing.

Claire is seriously struggling to get all her ducks in a row after the death of her brother and being shoved into the ER and in the face of Dr Logan Caldwell doesn't help her life plan. But when is God all about our plans? Claire learns as the book goes along that her prayers for healing are being answered - just not the way she wants. She discovers that God's plan for her might be better than the one she's had all along.

Candace Calvert is a new author to me. I've seen her books in the book store, but didn't know whether to buy this one. I  did and really enjoyed it. It's fast paced without seeming unrealistic, good character development and the author really develops the relationship her characters have between each other.

Logan and Claire have chemistry and I like the way they interact with each other. Erin Quinn is a really believable character and I can't wait to read her story in the next book in this series (which is fortunately for me - published already!)

I found myself really chucking in spots and just being adsorbed into this world. A great and engaging read!

Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.


  1. I so appreciate your time in reading and reviewing this book--such thoughtful and thorough comments. An honor to have you "scrub in."

    1. You're welcome Candace! I've got Erin's story waiting in my bookshelf to read, but gotta get through a couple of kindle books first. I'm really looking forward to her story.

      Incidentally on the last sentence of the review it reads:

      I found myself really chucking in spots and just being adsorbed into this world. A great and engaging read!

      It's chuckling not chucking!!

  2. Hey Jess, thanks for this review! It caught my attention because I have it in my TBR list. But you probably know how they go... with getting so congested that you end up forgetting what many books were even about in the first place!

    Well that's my case anyhow with a great many of them including Candace's book. However after reading your review... and not being entirely satisfied with the one I'm reading atm, I decided to just begin reading it. And I'm loving it!! :) A new author for me too!

    PS Good to read that you were actually chuckling and not chucking LOL! ;)

    1. Hi Noela! So glad you're enjoying the book! I'm about to start the second one in that series. Yes, i totally get the TBR list...mine is so long its scary!!

      Let me know what you think of Critical Care! :)