17 May 2012

Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert Reviewed by Marian Baay




Reviewed by Marian Baay

5 Stars *****

More than a year earlier ER nurse Riley Hale was injured in a brutal attack. Because of her injuries she can’t perform the tasks needed of an ER nurse. Now she’s working as a chaplain in the hospital—hoping that someday she will be able to work as ER nurse again.

Daredevil Dr. Jack Travis runs a free clinic. When Jack meets Riley and learns about her condition, he offers her to help at his clinic to practice her skills. Despite her fears of Jack’s reputation she accepts his offer. While working together Jack discovers that he not only needs her in his clinic, but also in his personal life. Riley learns that the rumours she heard about Jack are not completely true and she starts to care for him.

While reading about the growing attraction and romance between Jack and Riley, we also meet some nice secondary characters. Bandy Biggs and his lovely dog on carts,  Hobo, really made me smile. Then there’s Vesta Calder who knows something about Jack’s past, but she’s too scared to talk. And Riley’s friend Kate also has her own secrets to deal with.

This book is the first in a new series, but can also be read as a stand-alone. I learned that Riley’s character first was introduced in Code Triage, but you don’t have to read that book first. I haven’t read Candace Calvert’s previous books and I didn’t feel like I was missing something. Candace’s writing is impeccable, the characters easily loved and the plot nicely developed. This book is on my favorites list of 2012!

*Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me a free eBook for review.*

Candace Calvert's books can be purchased on CBD, Amazon and other bookstores.


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week's contest. Drawing will be late Saturday. Candace is offering two paperback giveaways of each of the books reviewed this week and we are offering an e-book of either one, for a total of five possible chances to win this week!

77 comments:

  1. What an awesome best ever review IMO, MARIAN! Sounds like another great book by CANDACE! Definitely another great cover!

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  2. Great review, MARIAN! Love the cover they did for you, CANDACE! I'd love to read this book. Well, I'd love to listen to it read aloud but will have to settle for Kindle reading aloud to me. Gonna try it again!

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  3. I read an excerpt of this book and it was great! Can't wait to read the whole thing!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. sounds like a good book, great job Marian!!!
    I love serie books, I never get enough of just one story :) in the same setting.
    Hope to make a chance to win.

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  5. forgot my mail mirjam@fotoflits.com

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  6. Love her books! Would love the new one!!! angelmom1165(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Thanks DIANA! The book was GREAT and I loved writing this review.

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  8. CARRIE, this was an awesome book! I don't like the Kindle voices either. I hope you'll like the listen!

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  9. LIZ, thanks for commenting. It's a fabulous read. Hope you'll get the chance to read the whole story!

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  10. MIRJAM, I know for sure you're going to love this book. Hope you'll win!

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  11. TERRI, you're entered in the contest. Good luck!

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  12. I LOVE Candace's books!
    I have read Critical Care,Disaster Status, and I just got Code Triage for my iPad the other day. (I haven't gotten a chance to start it yet.)

    I would love to be entered to win Trauma Plan. It looks and sounds super good!!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  13. MARIAN: Once again, I am SO honored by this wonderful review of my newest book. Thank you very much.

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  14. DIANA: (smiling) Have to agree about the cover! This was live photo shoot, and though I wasn't there I heard via the editors that this South African model for "Dr. Jack" was very easy on the eyes!

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  15. LIZ, MIRJAM: Thank you for your enthusiasm; I do hope you have the opportunity to read this book.

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  16. TERRI: Thank you for the kind comments--would love to have you "scrub in" on this one!

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  17. Any book by Candace is on my radar! I love medical mysteries. Thank you for the review and chance to win her book.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  18. CANDACE, the model is very pleasing for the eyes! Does he look like you had imagined dr. Jack?

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  19. LEAH and LINDA, thanks for coming by! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  20. Loved Critical Care, and have been dying to get my hands on any of her other books! Thanks for the chance!

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  21. JORDAN, good to hear that you loved Critical Care. I did, too.
    Please leave your email, so that we can contact you if you win.

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  22. This book looks so good, I cannot wait to read it!

    ddjordan_sbg_0803@yahoo.com

    Thank you for offering it to one of us!

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  23. DENISE, I hope you'll get the chance to read it.
    You're entered for the contest.

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  24. I have yet to read a book by this author so would welcome the chance to

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  25. JOYE, this was my first book written by CANDACE and I know for sure I will read all her books from now on!

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  26. great review from across the sea!

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  27. I have read a lot of good reviews for this book, and having worked in medicine myself this is a book that I would love to own. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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  28. NANCEE, maybe you'll win! Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. I just saw on FB that DIANA FLOWERS' BIL, who was visiting with them in SC, passed away today. This is the anniversary of Diana's mother's death, too. Please remember Diana and Paul and extended family in prayer.

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  30. Loved Candace's first book. Can't wait to read the rest. Thanks for the give-away.
    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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  31. LEAH, LINDA: I so appreciate your enthusiasm. You, dear friends, are the reason my fingers are on the keyboard each day. Thank you.

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  32. DENISE, JORDAN, JOYE--We're so glad you stopped by. This is feeling like party of readers and I'm completely delighted. Someone hand me a cupcake . . . a little frosting never hurt a keyboard!

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  33. CARRIE: This cover model (real name Hartley--how cool is that?) is very much the way I pictured our hero Dr. Jackson Travis. I'll tell y'all a funny story: the photographer first used an old photo of George Clooney as the "placeholder" for the cover image! Apparently the designer told Hartley that he was taking the place of George Clooney and he was quite tickled by that! Funny thing is, that SO many people think that this cover model actually LOOKS a lot like a young George. Me too!

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  34. MARIAN: You are blessing, dear lady. :-)

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  35. MURRAY, NANCEE: I wish you all the best in the book drawing--it would be a true honor to have you "scrub in" with my new Grace Medical team.

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  36. LORI: So glad you enjoyed Critical Care--hope you have the opportunity to continue the series! Thanks for stopping by.

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  37. CARRIE, DIANA: Prayer sent Heavenward. I'm so sorry to hear that sad news.

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  38. This sounds like a great book. And I love the cover. Cute, cute, cute! Please add me to the giveaway!
    Rebecca
    rrgreene(at)gmail.com

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  39. REBECCA: Thank you for your comments. And, yes, "cute" is definitely the key word for this book cover image. And a nice introduction to that maverick hero, Dr. Jack.

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  40. I would like to read this story. For years I mostly read Christian nonfiction so I am wanting to become more familiar with the fiction writers. This appears to be a good hospital story with Christianity woven in. I end up watching "House" s lot on tv since it is a favorite of my husband. It is really lacking in the faith department. I need a dose of this book! I hope I win! Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. Can't wait to read this book! Loved your other seres! I guess being an RN makes it more interesting!

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  42. I am looking forward to reading Riley's story. I love your books Candace and looking forward to reading all your new books as they are released so keep on writing so I can keep on reading.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  43. ANONYMOUS, please leave your name and email to be entered in the contest.

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  44. JANICE, I think this book is a good start to switch from non fiction to fiction. Hope you'll enjoy the book when you get to read it!

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  45. I agree with you MISSKALLIE! I hope CANDACE will write many more books in the future and I plan to read them all.

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  46. I saw Candace Calvert's books reviewed elsewhere, too, and thought I would like to read Trauma Plan. Well, here's hoping :) (if I am selected as a winner, I only read print copies. I don't do ebooks)

    godleyv at yahoo [dot]com

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  47. Great review! LOVE the cover of the book, and it looks really good! Can't wait to read it!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Awesome giveaway! Never read any of Candace's books, but this one looks like a great read. Count me in!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. JANICE: your comment captures exactly why I wanted to ride inspirational medical fiction--to help "Grey's Anatomy find its soul." As a nurse, I know how many prayers are sent heavenward by patients, families AND medical staff. My fiction offers both the excitement AND that healthy dose of hope. Good luck in the drawing@

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  50. ANONYMOUS: I love that you are fellow nurse!

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  51. MISS KALLIE: I hope you enjoy Riley's story as much as I enjoyed writing it. (Smile)

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  52. VERA: Thank you for stopping by. We have two more print copies--your name is in the drawing. Best of luck!

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  53. ELYSSA and JENNY: I so appreciate your interest in my work and wish you the best in the drawing.

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  54. MARIAN thanks for the wonderful review! This is another one to add to my overflowing TBR PILE! If I could only find a way to add more hours to my day I might be able to put a dent in that pile! :)

    CANDACE I have two nieces that are nurses, I want to introduce your books to them, I know they would love them. :)

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  55. I have read all of her other books in this series and can't wait to read this one!!

    tbaxter630 at yahoo dot com

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  56. VERA, ELYSSA, JENNY, JEFFREY and TIFFANY thanks for commenting. I'm going to do the first drawing in just a minute.

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  57. TERESA, I'm pretty sure you will like this book. Try to make time to read it!

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  58. Our first winner of Traum Plan is MURRAY! Congrats Murray!

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway! I've read all her books...and LOVED each one! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

    Emreilly303(aT)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Awesome chance to win this book! Never read her books before, but have heard they are good from my daughter! Can't wait for the chance to read one!

    Dreilly316(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Thanks for a shot at this! Please enter my name in the drawing!

    Jreilly316(at)verizon(dot)net

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  62. EMILY, so good to hear that you love Candace's books! You're entered in the giveaway!

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  63. DEBBIE, your daughter has a good taste! Hope you'll get the chance to read Candace's books!

    JOHN is entered too. :)

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  64. TERESA: how wonderful to have nurses in the family! I'd love them to read my stories--they are meant to honor nurses.

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  65. TIFFANY AND JEFFREY: I'm so delighted to see you here--good luck on the giveaway

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  66. EMILY: thank you for the kind words--you are a blessing! DEBBIE: Tell your daughter that I so appreciate her recommending my books!

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  67. JOHN: Thank you for your interest--and best of luck to you!

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  68. Letting y'all know that I'm checking in from San Francisco tonight--hubby and I are celebrating our anniversary. And tomorrow I'll be signing books at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Lifeway Store. Wish I could chat with each of YOU there!

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  69. CANDACE, happy anniversary! Hope you have a wonderful time in San Francisco!

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  70. MARIAN, thank you--we're having such a good time.

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  71. Happy anniversary n I am so glad God healed your heart n brought you a new love. God is good. (((HUGS)))

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  72. Happy anniversary n I am so glad God healed your heart n brought you a new love. God is good. (((HUGS)))

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  73. Happy anniversary n I am so glad God healed your heart n brought you a new love. God is good. (((HUGS)))

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  74. Happy anniversary n I am so glad God healed your heart n brought you a new love. God is good. (((HUGS)))

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  75. When CARRIE says something 4 times she really means it CANDACE! :))

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