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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.

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Riley Hale is a former ER nurse turned chaplain after a horrible assault. She’s eager to gain back her strength and skills so that she can get back to the ER, where her heart desires to be. Is that the plan God has for her? Riley is convinced that it is, and that being a chaplain is only temporary. ER doctor Jack Travis is a former military doctor and all around risk taker. Eager to help those who are less fortunate, the lost and forgotten on the street, he runs a free clinic in a well-to-do neighborhood. This doesn’t go over well with the residents, and the confrontations that ensue really bring to light our reactions and responsibilities to those in need. Jack offers Riley the opportunity to practice her nursing skills by volunteering in his clinic. Are his motives pure, or does he have a hidden agenda? Will Riley find what she needs to get back to ER nursing? As they work together in some pretty intense situations, they begin to see beyond the surface, touching a cord in the heart’s of each other. Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in an emergency room can appreciate this book. It’s fast-paced with lots of intense moments interspersed with deep emotion, and thankfully at just the right moment”¦humor. Yes, that’s right. Humor helps lighten the load and yet doesn’t detract from the respectful way that we view the challenges that Riley and Jack, plus several others face. Expertly written dialogue, clean scenes, and characters that will sit down deep in your heart, and linger long after you have closed the book, are what make up Trauma Plan. I thoroughly enjoyed the watching Riley and Jack work through their individual obstacles, as well as their budding relationship. And then there’s Vesta, Bandy, and Hobo who almost steal the show. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in this exciting new series.

aImagendace Calvert is no stranger to all things medical and writing. Her first series of books the Mercy Hospital series have such titles as Critical Care, Disaster Status and Code Triage. And Trauma Plan gives an eye-opening look behind the scenes of the world of emergency medicine. In this advanced reader's copy presented by Tyndale House Publishing, this reviewer became so entranced in the story that was being told or should I say stories that were sewn together as uniquely and beautifully as a quilt top by Calvert who proves to be a wordsmith for the common everyday folks that three and half hours later, the book was finished and I was hungry for more. Very seldom does a book do that for this old newspaper editor, but Calvert Trauma Plan did that. Riley Hale was a nurse and a good one before she was the victim of an attack that not only physically damaged her, but took a chunk out of her confidence. Dr. Jack Travis had experienced enough heartache in his life to make even Mother Teresa understand his unwillingness to get close to people or trust them. Yet, Dr. Travis devotes his life to helping the underdog with a free medical clinic next door to a posh neighborhood. Riley Hale wants to go back into nursing, but for now has to be satisfied as a safety office and chaplain at the very hospital she was attacked at. Through an ironic twist of fate, or perhaps it really was the hand of God, Dr. Travis and Chaplain Hale meet, don't hit it off, but end up needing each other to accomplish their individual professional goals. It is the bits and pieces of the other stories and characters that Calvert delicately and subtly (at the same time) twines together that makes Trauma Plan the type of book that you want to read over and over. It is a book not just for medical personnel – but for everyone. George Clooney might want to think about replaying a doctor after reading this book.