Trauma Plan, by Candace Calvert

book coverSidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. 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.

 Readers of Candace Calvert’s books were first introduced to Riley Hale in Code Triage, which was set at Golden Gate Mercy Hospital in San Francisco. Riley has now moved back to her home state of Texas and is desperate to regain the full set of skills needed to be an ER nurse. She doesn’t just need to prove herself to her employers and her family; she’s desperate to prove to herself that she can do everything she was able to do before the attack. Her associates love the work she does as a chaplain, but Riley doesn’t see that role in her future. She and Jack see each other as a means to an end: she can get the practice she needs at his free clinic and he thinks he can use her family name to keep his clinic open and possibly obtain funding for it.

It is always a delight to “scrub in” with Calvert and her characters. Each one has a unique personality. I dare readers of Trauma Plan not to fall in love with Hobo, the former rodeo terrier who can only get around with the help of a home-made cart to support his weakened hips and hind legs.  As a former nurse, she provides a realistic look at life in an emergency room. She also takes time, however, to research other minor details. For example, our man Jack is a mountain biker. As the wife of a mountain biker, I appreciated the minutiae that made the mountain biking scene more realistic.

Calvert’s next book is tentatively titled Rescue Team and features Riley’s colleague, Kate. It should be out early next year. Personally, I can’t wait to read it.

Publisher:  Tyndale House

Publication Date:  19 April 2012

Page Count: 416

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I downloaded my free copy of Trauma Plan from Tyndale House Publishers on the NetGalley website. I was under no obligation to write a review.



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