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Critical Care (Mercy Hospital, Book 1)
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.
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31 of 32 found the following review helpful:
CRITICALLY WONDERFUL!!!Dec 01, 2009
By Julie Lessman
Hospitals have never held much charm for me ... until now! I have discovered the cure with Candace Calvert's Mercy Hospital Series and suddenly, the ER is my favorite place to be. Seldom has an author hooked me in so quickly and completely as Ms. Calvert has with her exceptional debut novel, Critical Care, a heart-wrenching glimpse into the gritty reality of a trauma center and characters so flesh and blood, that I literally teared up three times in the first 38 pages. With true-life medical drama, magical prose and enough romantic tension to spike a high-grade fever, Ms. Calvert is, hands-down, one of the best authors I have read in a long, LONG time.
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
A terrific, easy readJun 24, 2009
Christian ER/Grey's Anatomy, without the sex and with McSnarly instead of McDreamy.
Claire Avery leaves ER nursing after her brother dies in the trauma room, on her watch. Wanting to make a fresh start she finds a position in a small hospital, focusing on nursing education and stress counseling, rather than ER nursing. As she works to find her place among the staff, she finds herself clashing with Logan Caldwell, the ER doctor. Logan doesn't like counseling or soft staff. He's tough and focused and expects the same from his nursing staff. When staffing issues force Claire back into the ER, she finds herself both at odds with Logan and drawn to him at the same time.
From my limited medical understanding, I found the ER setting realistic and believable. The story shifts between Claire and Logan and two other nurses on the ER staff. Predictably, all of their stories wrap up neatly at the end. As with most Christian fiction, at least one person must reestablish their faith in God before the anticipated happy ending. Themes of abortion and SIDS are explored, as well as divorce and forgiveness.
An easy, light read. Perfect for an afternoon of escape. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Just What the Doctor Ordered!May 18, 2009
By Mocha with Linda
This book quickly found its way to my shelf of favorites. Admittedly, I've loved medical fiction since I was a kid reading Cherry Ames and Sue Barton. But some books in this genre can be ridiculously and annoyingly unrealistic and need to be classified as DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). Not this one. Candace Calvert shows she has a talent for crafting a wonderful story in an accurate setting, portraying believable characters with real-life crises and issues. The medical detail was authentic without being horrific. And the personalities are spot-on. I loved how the nurses referred to Dr. Caldwell (behind his back, of course!) as McSnarly. Unfortunately, I've worked with a doctor or two like that! As the events unfold and the characters work through the circumstances of the story, the patients aren't the only ones who experience healing.
For an infusion of hope, get this book STAT - read it, & repeat dosage as necessary! I can't wait until the next one, Disaster Status, comes out!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Dr McSnarly will surprise youAug 28, 2010
By Laura A. Eudy
I have an Amazon Kindle as I have mentioned in the past. I haven't bought one single book yet, because they have free publications all of the time. Well, I just finished reading Critical Care (Mercy Hospital, Book 1) and it was great. I about couldn't put the kindle down to do other things, like blogging, cleaning my house, and all of the important things :) I love the story, it makes you feel hopeful of things in life. Dr McSnarly will completely surprise you along with Claire and the one eared cat. Even if I wouldn't have received this for free I would consider buying it. I hope that everyone that reads this gets as much enjoyment out of it as I did.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A Great ReadAug 19, 2010
By Dixie Peach
I got the Kindle version, and I loved the book. The characters and setting were very interesting and informative. I hated to see the story come to an end, and look forward to other books by Candace Calvert. It is a joy to read a good book with Christian values that doesn't have curse words and crude romance details. I highly recommend this to other readers.
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