Review: Critical Care:Mercy Hospital Series #1 by Candace Calvert

Posted 2 April, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

About the Book:
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.

About the Author:
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 that love, laughter—and faith—are the very best medicines of all. The inspirational account of her accident and recovery appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and launched her writing career. The author of a madcap cruise mystery series in the secular market, Candace now eagerly follows her heart to write Christian fiction for Tyndale House. Her new medical drama series offers 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 a soul-soothing prescription for hope. Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, Candace makes her home in northern California. Please visit her Web site at
My Review:
Move over ER, step aside Grey’s Anatomy and say goodbye to House! Candace Calvert out does all of you with this totally rockin’ book, Critical Care!!! It has a mix of humor, suspense, romance and God, not to mention a blend of absolutely wonderful characters who make their way into your heart to stay.

Claire Avery and Logan ”McSnarly” Caldwell are beautifully created for this story. They both made their way into my hearts and I became fast friends with them from the beginning. A story filled with heartache, laughter and love, this debut book in the Mercy Hospital series is excellent. The story line is full of adventure and fast paced drama of ER’s. The characters learn to F.R.O.G (Fully Rely On God) and try to overcome the obstacles they are struggling with. Candace Calvert really brought to life the actuality of the drama that goes on in hospital ER’s and it was amazing to read about them. This book was so much better than those fictional TV shows and so much cleaner than those shows, because while this book is fictional (like the TV shows) there is so much reality to it. You can feel the fast paced ways of an ER and the nurses and doctors there. I can’t get into the TV shows about ER’s and hospitals because there is too much falseness going on to really capture me. But with Candace’s book, I was captured from the first page, on the edge of my seat,and praying for Claire, Erin and Dr. McSnarly til the very last page!

A quick, easy 5 star medical drama that will be on the top of my recommendation list for a long time to come and on my personal library shelf permanently! I can’t wait to dig into Disaster Status, book 2 in the Mercy Hospital series (look for that review soon!).

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*A Special thanks to Candace Calvert for providing my review copy!*



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