Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., June 3, 2010
ER charge nurse Erin Quinn escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she’s put to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department’s handsome incident commander, who thinks her strategy is out of line.
Fire captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he’s learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he’s forced to team with the passionately determined ER nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?
I really liked Erin Quinn when I first met her in Critical Care. She is my favourite of Candace’s female heroine’s that I’ve read so far. She is feisty, determined and stubborn, yet compassionate in her job as a nurse. I was really eager to find out what her journey to love would be.
It’s not an easy road with Scott McKenna. Lots of misunderstandings, doubts, second guessing each other and themselves, plus misguided devotion in things that don’t hold real value. Scott is by the book and he means that. He wants to advance his career and protect his family but he can’t seem to do both without giving up one or the other. His attraction to Erin causes him to question what’s really going on in his life. When things go out of everyone’s control, the only on they can turn to is God – who was right there all along!
Erin likes Scott, but since all men are likely to break their promises she struggles to believe in Scott. As God slowly works on her heart to turn her attitudes around, she begins to see that trusting herself starts with trusting God and the people he’s put in her life.
I enjoyed getting to know Erin better and seeing where God takes her with Scott was a really good journey.I’m looking forward to reading Code Triage, the third book in the Mercy Hospital Series.