Thursday, June 12, 2014

Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

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 compassion—and 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.

Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert was an interesting and revealing novel about life working both in an emergency room and in a small clinic. As a person who is interested in going into the medical novel, I found this novel to be very illuminating and exciting. The plot line was filled with a good mixture of mystery, suspense, medical emergencies, and even a little romance. I was drawn into the many questions that surrounded Jack's past as well as the issue that currently threatened both Riley and Jack. The characters of this novel were both charming and unique. I felt for Riley as she struggled to continue working considering the injuries she had suffered and as she dealt with issues she had towards trusting God and have a deeper relationship with Him. I also liked Jack as he was very prickly on the outside but actually had a compassionate and kind heart underneath. The interactions between Riley and Jack were very interesting and sometimes humorous, and I enjoyed watching them grow closer to each other and to the Lord. Overall, I highly enjoyed this first Grace Medical Novel, and I look forward to reading future novels as well. I received this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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