Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Critical Care by Candace Calvert

Critical Care tells the story of nurse Claire Avery. After her brother dies in the trauma room, she can no longer face the ER. She begins a new life for herself; a new hospital and a new job working in the educational department. Then, one day, there is a horrible accident and Claire is called to the ER to offer counseling to a stressed out staff. There, she meets Dr. Logan Caldwell, a man who believes counseling is a waste of time. Against her will, Claire has to go back to the ER more than once. She’s been praying, but she doubts whether God will ever answer and “heal her heart and move her forward.”

When I first settled into the story and began to parts of the characters and their pasts, I initially thought that the setting was a bit dramatic. Then I began to think about people in my life, and I realized, yes, it is dramatic. But it is a true representation of what life sometimes throws at us. Life can be harsh! We lose people we love, make mistakes that cost us dearly, and get caught up in things that don’t matter. With that new perspective, I picked up the book once again.

This book was a very good read. I felt like I got to know the characters well and in a few ways, I could relate to them. The characters in this book are all very real. No one is perfect. Everyone has challenges in their lives that they must learn to deal with. That was something that resonated with me as I read this book.

The plot in this book was predictable, at least a little. However, there were a few twists and turns. One in particular had me saying, “Wow. Definitely didn’t see that comin’!” Because this is the first book in a series, we got to know a few other characters a bit more in depth than usual. In fact, every once in a while the writing switches to their point of view. This helped to really flesh out the story a bit more, and let me see things from basically everyone’s point of view.

Overall, this is a very good read that delves into ordinary peoples’ lives, as they deal with the challenges they face.

My rating- 3/5 stars

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