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Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert Review

Hello Everyone, and happy start of another amazing week :)


Thanks so much for joining me today on the Preppy Book Princess.


Yesterday, our pastor at church shared a sermon on prioritizing our time, and making sure we include time for the truly important things like time with God, and time with family and close friends.


That really resonated with me, as while I've been really good with spending time in devotions and Bible readings, I've been really terrible at making time for visiting family and friends.


As such, my Sunday afternoon plans originally included working on my blog for a few hours, and catching up with some housework and yard work. However, instead I ended up having a much overdo visit with my mom, sister, and my baby nephew, and it was one of the most enjoyable afternoons I've had in awhile.


So I guess the moral of my long winded intro today, is to never lose sight of what's truly important in life. While I'm always happy to be working on my blog, curling up with a book, or watching Hallmark movies, sometimes I need to remember to not shut out everyone around me when I do so. And also, to count my many blessings that my family is healthy and lives close enough to visit whenever I want.


And now let's jump into a new review of an awesome inspirational fiction book I discovered in our church library last week.



Trauma Plan by Candace Calvert:




Source: Church Library

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: May 1st, 2012.

Synopsis:

Sidelined 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.


********synopsis taken from goodreads********

My Review:

Medical dramas are not a genre I usually gravitate towards. I'm just honestly not usually  interested in reading books that have a hospital setting, but there was something about this one by Candace Calvert that had me picking it up off the shelf over and over again, and eventually I just decided to bite the bullet, and go ahead and check it out. I really wasn't sure what to expect from it, as I'd never read anything by this author before, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this emotional story overall, and I look forward to continuing on with the rest of the series.

Trauma Plan is told from four differing viewpoints, and I really enjoyed the way Candace Calvert intersected each story line so well. Riley Hale grew up privileged in an affluent family, but also grew up sheltered after the abduction and subsequent death of her older sister as a child. Determined to make a difference to those around her, she went to nursing school, and felt she'd found her perfect place working as an emergency room nurse. However, an attack in the hospital parking garage leaves her with nerve damage that restricts her from performing her nursing responsibilities and she's been forced to instead take a job as the emergency room chaplain. Her work puts her in contact with Dr. Jack Travis, a former army doctor who runs a free clinic for underprivileged families that's been threatened by the affluent families living in the clinic's neighborhood. Kate is an emergency room nurse, who also happens to be Riley's best friend, and is struggling from the results of her past mistakes. And lastly, Vera is a lovely elderly woman who becomes a patient in the emergency room, and who's struggling with her own demons from tragic events in her past.

While they're an unlikely grouping, Candace Calvert did a beautiful job of intersecting the stories in a way that leaves reader's entranced, addicted, and never confused when it jumps from one viewpoint to the other. Rounded out by a quirky, heartwarming set of secondary characters, like Bandy, a retired rodeo clown who's come to be the heart of Dr Travis' medical clinic, Trauma Plan is an emotional, beautiful roller coaster ride of a story that focuses on realizing that God's plan for our lives is often different from our own, and how He will often use unusual means to help us discover this. 

Exhilarating, refreshing, addicting, and faith based, Candace Calvert's Trauma Plan was definitely a win win for me, and I gave it four out of five stars. I definitely recommend picking this one up, especially if you're like me, and typically don't enjoy medical dramas.


Thanks so much for reading guys, and I'll see you all again on Wednesday :)


This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 




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