Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
I was a little wary starting this book because it was medical and I have a very weak stomach. But thankfully the author, didn’t go into any gory details. There was a decent bit of medical talk though it was just enough to give it an authentic feel but not so much that it bogged down the story or confused anyone who’s not in a medical profession.
I really enjoyed all of the characters! Jack was an adventure-seeking champion of the little guy. He’d experienced some brutal tragedies and as a result he closed himself off from God and didn’t really let people get close to him.
Riley was always there for people and she cared deeply. After the attack and resulting injuries she never gave up instead she constantly pushed herself to get better despite what doctors said. I really admired the way that she still gave her all to her job even though it wasn’t the one she longed to do again, and how she didn’t lash out when things didn’t go the way she wanted.
Jack and Riley were great together and I loved watching them grow personally as they grew closer to each other.
The secondary characters were also fantastic and I especially loved Bandy with his wisdom and positive outlook. I’m excited that Kate gets her story next and since I have it on my kindle I’ll probably be reading it sooner rather than later!

Meet the Author
Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all.
Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical and Crisis Team) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to eight, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at:


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