ABOUT THE BOOK (400 pages):
Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death. While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Often called the author of "medical hope opera," 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 love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all. Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical) offer 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 an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"! A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to seven, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes, funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at: www.candacecalvert.com.
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Nor have I, Pamela
Step by Step, second in the Crisis Team series by Candace Calvert is another winner! In this medical fiction, the author broadens the story of Taylor Cabot, whom readers met in the first book of the series. Taylor, widowed now three years, taking steps to move on from the past has relocated to San Diego. She has a survival list she's ticking off one by one, trying to take control a step at a time to find peace, even wearing a fitness bracelet to track her calories and steps. Complications arise when two men become strong forces in her life. Seth, a friend from Sacremento has come to San Diego to help with training individuals in the Chaplain Crisis Care program. Rob, a physician, has taken interest as well. Two very different men, one flies by the seat of his pants and the other is methodical and has life under control. Who will win her heart? Will neither have a chance? To make things even more animated, Sloane a snarly staff nurse enters the scene. She seems so familiar and yet, just who is she, why is she so hard to connect with? And just what secrets does she have? Life is messy with a dying dog and secrets, grief-stricken pasts and uncertain futures. Calvert does a great job with making her characters realistic and evocative. The story line flows well and touches on a number of issues--anger, grief, alcoholism, forgiveness, and faith in a God who is at work in people's lives to bring peace in His way. Another key subject of the book is the Chaplain Crisis Care program. The author gives an amazing glimpse into this program as they interact with individuals unraveling from trauma and grief to give them hope amidst the storm. She touches on the importance of sacred silence and the ministry of presence. All in all a book well worth the read!
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Step by Step by Candace Calvert is book two in the Crisis Team series. The author’s medical knowledge enhances the stories that she writes. This one is such a tribute to Crisis Team volunteers who fill crucial needs in emergencies.
What an amazing, wonderful story about two people who have suffered loss and grief and struggle to find peace and a happy ending. Crisis Chaplain, Seth Donovan, has learned to trust God’s plan, yet still has struggles with his past. Taylor Cabot, ER nurse, is proficient at her job but has been struggling to get past her grief and loss. Seth discovers his path long before Taylor finds her way to peace and love, but each plays a part in the other’s happy ending.
Two sub stories also emotionally involve the reader in the story. Kasie and Sloane’s separate life struggles also engage the reader. Add in a sweet, aging dog and an abandoned black shelter kitten that need love and support, and the reader is hooked even more.
Love, healing, forgiveness, and second chances weave a compelling and poignant, unforgettable story. I highly recommend this well-crafted book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. Do not miss this amazing book. I am looking forward to reading the next title in the series. (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million)
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‘Step by Step’, Candace Calvert’s second in the Crisis Team series, can be read as a standalone. It exceeds my expectations of this author’s novels both as a novel of Christian growth and suspense. The setting is in San Diego, where ER nurse and young widow Taylor Cabot has moved to after the sudden death of her husband.
Taylor is weary of grieving and has made a list of ‘tasks’ to be accomplished by the third anniversary of her husband’s death. She is also caring for her beloved, aging dog, Hooper. Just when she thinks she is ready to place checkmarks by the final items, Chaplain Seth Donovan is in town to train a new group of community crisis responders. Seeing Seth again after working with him at a hospital in Sacramento brings back memories of the early days after her husband’s death. Recently going through her late husband’s possessions had brought to her attention that he had an appointment to see Seth earlier on the day he died, and she hoped Seth could help her know what had happened that last day.
Seth heard that Taylor was leaving the California Crisis Care team that she had joined in San Diego and hoped to find out why. He also began to see Taylor as more than a crisis responder and nurse. Taylor wanted to move on with a new romance which she found with a plastic surgeon who worked out of her hospital. Seth is about shepherding those with faith and/ or emotional challenges. Taylor has become more pragmatic, not wishing to be vulnerable again, and the doctor she dates is the ultimate pragmatic.
The author’s characters are appealing and described extremely well. We get to know Seth and Taylor best, then Aimee and Sloane. The health care team and crisis responders are sturdy and will stand the test of circumstances. I understand Taylor’s desires for change and her need for control over her life, even down to the number of steps she takes each day versus how much she can eat based on those steps. She still believes in and loves the Lord, but wasn’t walking that faith out in her life. I have increasing empathy with Sloane, who isn’t quite who she seems to be.
The novel grabbed my attention at the beginning and held it throughout, each page adding to the intensity of the story. It is much more than a romance or a woman recovering from the loss of her husband. The author shows the gospel through actions and conversations rather than through the characters preaching. She shows several spiritual lessons in the same way, including showing grace to one person who many would turn from while not allowing another to cross boundaries put in place. God’s love shines through as the impetus for the novel and the character interactions. There are heartbreaking moments when having tissues nearby will be helpful, and moments of happiness and hope for the upcoming days. I highly recommend ‘Step by Step’ to fans of Christian and medical fiction, growth, and grace.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
If you enjoy stories set in the medical field you will enjoy this book.
We open with a scene that will definitely capture your attention as we are introduced to Taylor and Seth.
What I loved about this beginning of this book was that there really wasn’t any romantic connection between these two to start it off but I knew something would change with this eventually. Taylor really didn’t even seem to like Seth and did not want to be around him.
There is also the mystery of what happened on the day Greg died. Taylor wants answers but isn’t getting any.
I was also intrigued by the storyline of a secondary character, Salone, and what part she played in this book. Something was up with her, the question was what?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.