Friday, January 15, 2016

Crisis Team #2

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?
Step by Step (Crisis Team #2) 
Expected publication: February 1st 2016
 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  
5 Stars
In his heart a man plans his course, 
but the Lord determines his steps.
  ~Proverbs 16:9
To say I am a huge fan of Candace Calvert's writing would be an understatement to say the least.  I found her first book years ago and have been hooked every sense.  She brings a story that will weave it's way into your heart and characters that stay on your mind even after you close the last page.  When I saw this book was available on Netgalley I couldn't wait to read it.  
Step by Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series, but this is a stand alone story.  She incorporates familiar characters, but it's not necessary to have read the first book.  Ms. Calvert is a seasoned ER nurse and she incorporates her experience and knowledge into each and every story.  
This story is about a lot of things, but mostly it's about grief.  Grief has it's own timetable and it's not the same for everyone. 
Taylor Cabot has been a widow for 3 years and knows in her heart it's time to move on.  She makes a plan which is basically consists of a list of items that she wants to accomplish by the anniversary of Greg's death.  The very last item is to fall in love. Actually that item was falling into place as she had been dating world renowned plastic surgeon and things had been progressing nicely.  Taylor has decided to step back from the Crisis Team, but a day on the beach pulls her back in quickly.  
Seth Donovan has traveled to San Diego to help train community volunteers for the crisis team and hopes to run into his old friend Taylor Cabot.  Seth has been dealing with the possibility of leaving the Crisis Team all together since the death of his father.  After inheriting his father's business he doesn't think he will have the time or energy to continue with the team,  but he has always felt this was his calling.  
Seth and Taylor's worlds literally collide when a plane makes and emergency landing on the beach.  
This is a very touching story that when bought should be accompanied by a box of tissues.  
Yes, I would recommend this story to anyone.  
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for a honest review without bias or outside influence.  

Meet Candace:

Candace CalvertFormer 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.
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  1. I so appreciate your time in both reading and reviewing my newest book--such an honor, thank you.

  2. Candace, I loved it. I was really looking forward to reading Step by Step and now I am ready for the next one. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings to you.