Trauma Plan PB (Grace Medical) Paperback – 1 May 2012
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Calvert is an ER nurse who brings the reader not only a great romantic story, but a glimpse into the chaos of an urban medical clinic. "Trauma Plan" is a humor-filled romance, woven throughout with suspense, medical intrigue, and faith. Readers will look forward to the rest of the Grace Medical series.Riley Hale (of the rich and famous Hale family) wants to work as an ER nurse again, but injuries from a savage attack have left permanent damage, and she cannot control her muscle spasms. Dr. Jack Travis is a passionate champion of the homeless and the downtrodden. When he meets Riley he is wary of her limitations but intrigued by her determination, and he asks her to help at the clinic. Riley sees this as a chance to get back into medicine and accepts. They become a strong team battling for those who have no voice.--Linda Mae Baldwin--Romantic Times Book Reviews
Injured in a brutal attack and uncertain whether she still can perform as an ER nurse, Riley Hale hopes for reinstatement while serving as a chaplain, offering comfort and prayers to patients at Alamo Grace Hospital, the setting for a new series from Calvert (Mercy Hospital series). To hone her skills, Riley volunteers at a clinic run by daredevil doctor Jack Travis, who battles his mysterious past--and hostile neighbors seeking to shut down the clinic, which brings clientele to the community considered "undesirable." A budding romance between Riley and Jack is nicely balanced by the couple's interactions with family, patients, and co-workers, all toting their own baggage packed with fear, ulterior motives, and past mistakes. Calvert, herself a former ER nurse who was sidelined by an injury, infuses her story with detailed medical procedures and terminology along with honest questions about faith that anyone might ask in the face of difficulties. The characters are likable and receive rich and thorough development in this enjoyable "hope opera" page-turner.--Publishers Weekly
Candace Calvert is no stranger to all things medical and writing. Her first series of books--the Mercy Hospital series--have such titles as "Critical Care, Disaster Status" and "Code Triage". And "Trauma Plan" gives an eye-opening look behind the scenes of the world of emergency medicine. In this advanced reader's copy presented by Tyndale House Publishers, this reviewer became so entranced in the story that was being told--or should I say stories that were sewn together as uniquely and beautifully as a quilt top by Calvert who proves to be a wordsmith for the common everyday folks--that three and half hours later, the book was finished and I was hungry for more.Very seldom does a book do that for this old newspaper editor, but Calvert's "Trauma Plan" did that. Riley Hale was a nurse and a good one before she was the victim of an attack that not only physically damaged her, but took a chunk out of her confidence. Dr. Jack Travis had experienced enough heartache in his life to make even Mother Teresa understand his unwillingness to get close to people or trust them. Yet, Dr. Travis devotes his life to helping the underdog with a free medical clinic next door to a posh neighborhood. Riley Hale wants to go back into nursing, but for now has to be satisfied as a safety officer and chaplain at the very hospital she was attacked at.Through an ironic twist of fate, or perhaps it really was the hand of God, Dr. Travis and Chaplain Hale meet, don't hit it off, but end up needing each other to accomplish their individual professional goals. It is the bits and pieces of the other stories and characters that Calvert delicately and subtly (at the same time) twines together that makes "Trauma Plan" the type of book that you want to read over and over.It is a book not just for medical personnel--but for everyone. George Clooney would probably take on another doctor's role after reading this book.--examiner.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Riley desperately wants to return to her former duties as an ER trauma nurse. However, injuries have sidelined her and she feels "stuck" in her job as ER chaplain. When Dr. Jack Travis gives her an opportunity to prove herself and hone her skills at his free clinic, she reluctantly accepts his offer. Between the community trying to shut the clinic down and the tension between Riley and Jack, sparks are flying everywhere! As they get to know each other, a fragile trust forms--and is jeopardized when Jack's past comes out.
Wow. Candace Calvert delivers again in Trauma Plan. Riley and Jack were fantastic characters, and I loved getting both of their perspectives throughout the book. Candace does a great job of creating flawed characters that are likeable yet real. The secondary characters in this novel were excellent as well and at times stole the show. Bandy, the formerly homeless man who helps at the shelter, and his gimpy dog Hobo were wonderful additions to this cast of characters. While the book wasn't as suspenseful as I expected, the romance and faith elements were strong and it worked out to be the perfect mix.
As always I highly recommend this Candace Calvert novel and look forward to reading more in this series! [5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This is the second title and a start of a new series, that I have read of Candace Calvert's novels. Reinventing the adrenaline and action of ER and other dramatic hospital dramas, Trauma Plan had plenty of gritty action to keep the pulse pounding and just enough mystery to keep avid page turning a must.
Hospital ER Chaplain (and registered nurse) Riley Hale is desperately trying to regain her position as a fully able ER nurse after suffering a horrific attack that left her severely injured and jeopodise her ability to do her job. Enter ER doc Jackson Travis - who is single-handedly directing a small clinic to serve the poor and homeless of the area, much to the opposition of the swanky residence who would rather then clinic be anywhere but there back door.
The two initially clash but both need the other - Jack, to have the Hale name (Rily's family have influence) on his clinic and Riley to regain her confidence and have a endorcement that she can return to the job she loves.
Along with the two leads, we meet a wonderful group of supporting characters who flesh out the world of this Texan town. From Bandy, the crusty old rodeo man with his little dog with his wheeled cart he pulls behind him, to Kate - Riley's coworker who no doubt will appear in further titles (I hope).
The story, while having a typlical romantic pattern also through up enough mystery and questions - especially around Jack and his secret past that I personally didn't see the revelation coming. The ending also has a few shocking moments befitting a medical romantic drama.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves their medical fiction with a high dose of romance and a fantastic message that shine through the whole thing. I can't wait for the next title.
Alamo Grace Hospital nestled in the tiny corner within the state of Texas is home to many unique personalities and emergency situations.
Jack Travis, trauma doctor at Alamo Grace, gives of himself and his time freely helping others and doing things his way.
Trauma chaplain Riley Hale is looking to prove to herself and others at Alamo Grace that she has what it takes to step up to the challenge of triage nurse. When a new opportunity presents itself to her, to help in ways she never knew were possible, her goals took on a new direction.
Bandy spreading smiles and sunshine, has a laidback way of looking at the world. He and his dog Hobo, volunteer where they are needed.
These characters along with many more add to the charm of the story.
Can trust issues be overcome, and can fear be tackled without leaving a scar?
This is the first book I have had to opportunity to read by Mrs Calvert, and I can honestly say it won't be the last. Reminiscent of ER this medical style fictional drama with it's personable and memorable characters the reader can relate and attach to, is a real page turner and extremely hard to put down. I quickly became lost in this book which is peppered with action, romance, heartbreak and some laugh aloud moments promising many enjoyable reading hours. Dialogue and scenery seemed realistic, plot flowed smoothly and character development was strong. I was entertained and challenged in my faith. I would highly recommend this book to others. I received this complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers for my review.
Dr. Jack Travis heads up a local clinic. He saves the "down-and-outers", much to the dismay of the surrounding affluent neighbors. They want him and the unsavory clientele he serves gone....yesterday. Riley ends up as a volunteer at the clinic, where she hopes to prove herself. In Jack's mind, her family name can give credibility to his clinic. Though their methods and their motives couldn't be more different, their passion for truly helping others is the same. Jack is prickly, aggressive and lacking in people skills....Riley is gentle, caring and follows the rules. Initial irritation leads to covert interest, and the process is everything you'd hope for. Sometimes funny (clever dialogue!), sometimes heartwarming and romantic, always satisfying. Add clinic resident, Bandy Biggs (Bandy, I love you!!), the wise ol' rodeo cowboy-turned down and outer-turned believer and permanent clinic volunteer....and you've got yourself some great reading time. These characters read like somebody you really know, saying the kinds of things people really say, going through the same kinds of struggles in life and faith that you and I go through. The author drew me in and taught me a thing or two. She even made me want to visit San Antonio and see those pastel colored eggs filled with confetti!!
Trauma Plan is everything I look for in a book. It was smart, humorous, romantic and inspirational. And Candace Calvert will continue to be an author I look for and recommend.
OK, I'll be honest. When I picked up this book I figured, "Yeah, yeah, another typical good Christian girl meets hard-hearted maverick guy and they go on to hate each other while trying not to fall in love" story.
And yes, that's what this book is. BUT ... I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Trauma Plan" delves into the stories of Dr. Jack Travis, an ER doctor at Alamo Grace Hospital in San Antonia, director of a clinic for the underprivileged and angry man nicknamed "Rambo." He's a skydiving, mountain biking maverick who is angry at pretty much everyone, including God.
Riley Hale is a chaplain and former nurse at Alamo Grace who is recovering from an assault, which left her dominant arm weakened and therefore unable to return to nursing. Riley begins volunteering at Jack's clinic and, needless to say, the two begin to fall in love.
What makes this book interesting are the mysteries hiding in the background. Did Jack have a role in the death of his friend Abby many years ago? Who is diabetic patient Vesta, and what has her so afraid that she won't even leave her house ... ever.
And other characters make the book interesting: Riley's nurse friend, Kate, who can relate to the young Jane Doe found at the clinic; and retired rodeo bull rider and clown Bandy and his disabled dog Hobo.
This book is a quick, easy and interesting read, but it also touches your heart and reminds you to be courageous and strong, like the I Corinthians 16:13 verse found on Riley's license plate. I enjoyed it much more than I honestly thought I would!
Five stars out of five.