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Monday, April 5, 2010

Disaster Status...Review

About the book:
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 charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?

Erin and Scott each have their own set of baggage to bring to their new relationship and, predictably, work through that baggage. What I appreciated was the realistic portrayal of very human feelings. Erin can't forgive her father and Scott has lost his faith in God, after the tragic deaths of his father and sister. As in most Christian fiction, lost faith is rediscovered and relationships mended.

Candace's knowledge and experience of the inner workings of an ER and hospital are apparent and I found the portrayal of the effects of a hazardous material spill particularly fascinating.

The second in the Mercy Hospital series, this one stands alone well. Erin has a minor role in the first book and references are made to Claire, the heroine of that book, but it's not necessary to have read the first one before reading this one.

Another light, easy and enjoyable read from Candace Calvert.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Mavis Sanders of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

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