Calvert’s second Grace Medical story has all the makings of compelling medical romance. However, the main character is a little too bristly and tough, and it may take readers a while to identify with her.
Kate Callison has inherited a mess as the acting director of Austin’s Grace Hospital ER. Legal, staff, personal and spiritual problems conspire to leave her wading through disaster. When search-and-rescue worker Wes Tanner happens on the scene the day a newborn baby is abandoned in the hospital he feels compassion for the child. He knows firsthand what it is like to be abandoned. Kate rebuffs every effort he makes to help. Many years earlier Kate had experiences that caused her to develop a tough exterior. Kate opens up to Wes, and as they grow closer she seeks God’s forgiveness and then tries to remedy her estranged relationship with her father. In doing so she opens a wound that still, even though years old, remains raw. She leans on Wes and her new relationship with Jesus for the strength to come clean. Will it be enough? Is there really such a thing as a second chance when the first chance was so tragically ruined? (TYNDALE, May, 320 pp., $12.99)
Linda Mae Baldwin