Book Review: Trauma Plan

25 May

Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, nurse chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to ER duties. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.

As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode, and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.


Former ER nurse, wife, Mom and proud grandmother, Candace Calvert believes that love, laughter, and faith are the best medicines. Her popular medical fiction offers charismatic characters, pulse-pounding drama, romance, humor, suspense–and a prescription for hope. Think, “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul.”

She is . . .

A Northern California native who spent several years in Hill Country Texas–where she learned to check her shoes for scorpions and plucked an armadillo from her swimming pool. Thinks cruising is the best way to travel: honeymooned in Venice, swam with stingrays, rode a camel at the pyramids, and sang (badly) with a Newfoundland country band. She’s passionate about cooking, loves bird watching, gardening, and gets goose bumps when her handsome husband hits the low notes at karaoke.

She writes inspirational fiction because . . .

God blessed her with a quirky wit, buoyant optimism, and a contagious sense of fun–but she didn’t come to know him until after the Triple Whammy that turned her life into a bad country song. A painful and unexpected divorce, the Northern California floods of 1997, and (just when she was coping like a champ, no problem) an equestrian accident that left her with fractured ribs, a bleeding lung, broken back, neck fractures and a spinal cord injury. She’ll tell you that God took drastic measures to get her attention.

In the months of rehabilitation, Candace healed in body and spirit. And came to fully understand the difference between being a strong woman and a woman of strength. The difference is faith, and that lesson has been her biggest blessing. Her story, “By Accident,” appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, and launched her writing career.

Now . . .

She is honored to bring readers medical fiction that offers exciting entertainment and a healthy dose of hope.

My Impressions:

Trauma Plan is the first book in Candace Calvert’s new Grace Medical series. It is a mix between romance, suspense and medical mystery; a good mix, because the story kept me turning the pages.  Riley Hale is a former ER nurse turned chaplain trying her hardest to get back to the career she loved before being sidelined by a vicious assault that resulted in nerve damage to her dominant arm. Jack Travis is a determined ER doctor who wants to make his indigent care clinic work despite the very vocal opposition of the adjacent neighborhood.  Seemingly opposite in every way, they can’t seem to fight their mutual attraction.

Calvert explores the very real themes of testing and questioning God — to bless, to make things right, to do the things we want. All the characters, except the very lovable Bandy, have given up on God or seem to be on the verge of it.  But circumstances and surprise encounters bring them back to the realization that while God seemed silent, He was very much a part of their lives.  The novel never seems preachy, yet there is a strong faith message throughout.

If you like a medical drama with a dash of romance and suspense, then Trauma Plan is the prescription for a satisfying reading experience.  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)


(A review copy of Trauma Plan was provided by Tyndale.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: Trauma Plan”

  1. candace May 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I so appreciate this thoughtful review of my newest medical drama. It’s an honor to have you “scrub in” with the first story of the Grace Medical series. Thank you.

    • rbclibrary May 27, 2012 at 5:58 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Looking forward to more in the series.

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