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Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life.

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director.

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing persons case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

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Rescue Team is the second book of the Grace Medical series by Candace Calvert. Trauma Plan is the first book. Both books are completely independent of each other, inspirational romantic suspense novels. Main character Wes Tanner is an EMT, emergency medical technician, part of his county's Search and Rescue Team, whose favorite phrase is, "You're not lost anymore. We're here to help you." He and his volunteer team thrive on "live finds." He is also part of his family's well drilling business, and lives in Austin, Texas. His is a familiar face in the Grace Medical emergency room. Kate Callison is Grace Medical's newest interim emergency department director. She feels completely inadequate to fill the shoes of her predesessor, Sunni, who unexpectedly disappeared six months ago. From what she's heard from her overly stressed nursing staff about Sunni Sinclair, the nurse was practically a saint. For months, her ER team has experienced one raw experience after another. The nursing team's morale was sinking and Kate felt the strong urge to do what she did best--get out, move on, run away. But she was tired of new places, new faces and a sense of restlesness. She wanted to fit in and settle down, find a sense of home somewhere. She thought she'd found that place in Austin. A chance meeting in the emergency department over a Baby Doe incident left an impression on Wes of Kate's eyes--large and so sad. He sensed some serious history. He was right; she had secrets she didn't want to share, even with her best friend. But then, beneath his own caring personality, Wes harbored secrets of his own-- issues he hadn't settled since he was a young boy. Each time Wes and Kate met each other sparks flew--at first in conflict, but gradually in attraction. Author Candace Calvert has successfully crafted a world with characters you can care about, laugh with, struggle along side of, and experience glimmers of hope down the road to resolution. They live and breathe and become the reader's friends. I enjoyed the flashes of humor from time to time as their relationship developed. The resolution at the end of the story was heart meltingly satisfying. I loved the fast pace of the emergency room setting, and the encouragements of long broken relationships mended. This book is one I will enjoy reading over and over.

“Kate’s pretty stubborn. I told you what she said the first day we met: &lsquoNo one here needs to be rescued,’” Wes confides to his mother in Candace Calvert’s next book of her Grace Medical Series, Rescue Team. With the topic of being alone and abandonment, a tale is told through the lives of several individuals that live and work in the medical environment in Austin, Texas. This three hundred and sixty-five page paperback book has a young man dressed as a drill digger on the front cover. With no profanity and only little physical romantic contact such as kissing and touching, the book is geared toward young female women or those interested in the medical field, child services and search and rescue teams. There are two pages of reviews, mainly by authors, at the beginning of the book and an eleven question discussion guide for book club or small group meetings at the end. With minor Christian beliefs and relationships, this reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence. Ever avoiding her past, Kate Callison is again struggling at her next job position in several months, this time as interim director of the emergency department at Austin’s Grace Hospital. Unable to deal with broken memories and a ruined relationship with her father, she tries ardently to follow in the footsteps of the prior director who has been missing for six months. When Wes Tanner, a drill digger who works on the community’s search and rescue team, meets Kate, he finds her to be prickly, sad and self-determined as she fails to lead or blend in with the hospital’s team. He, too, has memories he prefers forgotten and buried. However, after the two of them are involved in trying to save a newborn baby left in a hospital bathroom, they start to see each other in a more revealing light. Since Texas has the “Safe Haven” law regarding the abandonment of infants, Kate, Wes and others have to put their emotions and anger aside to deal with the tragedy when the local newspaper’s opinion page repeatedly scolds the hospital about their handling of the matter. Will Kate move on from her sad past and reconnect with her father? Will Wes learn the truth and forgive? Will others at the hospital find peace and gratification for jobs well done? Will the sense of abandonment turn to a rescued relationship in more than one individual? In this well-done medical thriller that includes romance and heartbreak, Calvert knows how to raise the reader’s blood pressure to get attention. This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for review purposes.

As a teenager Kate Callison ran away – from home, from hope, from God; she never really stopped running. Amidst a daily battle of keeping her emotions from coming to the surface and keeping her past from catching up with her, Kate faces even greater challenges at her new job where she must fill the shoes of Sunni Sprague, the missing Director of the Emergency Department at Austin Grace Hospital. Sunni was beloved by all she came in contact with, and from the very first day Kate finds it a fairly impossible task to fill Sunny’s walked-on-water-shoes. Taking over this position would have been a challenge for any newcomer – but for cool Kate, who keeps a firm wall between her and her staff, becoming well-liked and securing permanent employment is a battle she might not be able to win. But then, Kate is not looking for permanence anyway”¦ is she? Wes Tanner loves nothing better than to rescue the lost – whether it be physically or spiritually. He devotes most of his free time to several rescue teams, eager to tell people “You’re not lost anymore”. When he meets Kate Callison, the prickly beauty with the sad eyes who rarely smiles and never laughs, he meets a challenge he cannot walk away from. Whether Kate is willing to admit it or not, she needs rescuing – and he is just the man for the job. When a tragedy in the hospital brings Kate’s past screaming back, the whole Department is under scrutiny and jobs are on the line. The only good thing to come out of the whole mess is a tentative relationship between Kate and Wes. Unable to let Kate continue living in the emotionless existence she has carved out for herself to keep the pain away, Wes slowly introduces Kate to life in Texas, delicately courts her heart and gently nudges her towards reconciliations with her father and God. Though Kate is still skittish, life is good. Wes claims to accept Kate just as she is, but when her past unexpectedly collides with his own, can Wes overcome his own demons and forgive Kate’s biggest mistake? Or will Kate’s haunting past also destroy her future? Rescue Team by Candace Calvert is the second book in the Grace Medical series. We first met Kate in Trauma Plan and it was clear that she had a lot of emotional baggage she had to deal with. Her tendency to ignore colleagues’ emotional distress and place the good of the Hospital first was also introduced in Trauma Plan, and it was a joy to experience Kate’s growth in Rescue Team. Calvert pays great attention to realistic, beautiful character development – something I value in authors. This makes Calvert one of my new favourites. What I love most about Calvert’s work is that while her plotlines are very realistic, her characters are even more so. I believe them, and I believe in them. Kate and Wes are wonderful characters that complement each other perfectly. Kate is the wounded one who thinks she’s undeserving of love, who refuses to turn to a God she is sure will reject her; but inside her is a tiny spark of hope that refuses to be extinguished. While she generally puts on a front of a strong, independent, all-business woman, Wes glimpses the repressed Kate in unguarded moments – a vulnerable and lonely woman desperate for the love and acceptance she claims to not believe in. Wes is a kind, humble gentleman of great faith, but he has a dangerous tendency to be judgmental and unforgiving about a certain topic. His intense (and sometimes unreasonable) anger was disturbing to bear witness to, but it kept him from being too perfect. This effectively illustrated that even the most devoted Christians struggle with sin and have issues to overcome. Nobody is perfect – we all need Christ’s guidance, forgiveness and redemption. Kate’s plight was especially well depicted. My stomach was in knots whenever she experienced pain related to her past, and I cried with her when it became too much to bear. Calvert effortlessly places the reader in the shoes of her characters, making the reading experience a very emotional affair. Aside from Kate and Wes, Rescue Team also features wonderful supporting characters who make the story even stronger and more entertaining. The Austin Texas landscape was wonderfully described without becoming superfluous. The book as a whole is a combination of all the right ingredients, perfectly combined to present a wonderful journey about letting go and letting God. Past hurts and mistakes can drag us down and keep us down. Rescue Team reminds us of the importance of letting go of the past and entrusting our futures to an Almighty God who can make the most beautiful mosaic of the shattered pieces of our lives. Rescue Team by Candace Calvert is the perfect read for anyone who enjoys a good love-story, medical fiction and/or stories of hope. I enjoyed every single page, and would recommend this book to”¦ just about anyone, truthfully. I can’t think of anyone who would not enjoy the Grace Medical series. Calvert has already finished the next book in the Grace Medical series, First Responder. Sadly, publication is only expected in 2014. Since I’m late to the Candace Calvert party (shame on me!) I can at least soothe myself by reading Calvert’s previous series in the interim. Mercy Hospital, here I come!

I definitely recommend I couldnt put this book down