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!