6 May 2013

Review: Rescue Team by Candace Calvert

Kate Callison is the interim director of the emergency department at Austin Grace Hospital, and she’s finding it hard to fill the shoes of her saintly predecessor, Sunni Sprague, who disappeared several months ago. Staff morale is at an all-time low and she is under pressure to improve the reputation of the ER following a series of critical letters published in the local paper. Things get worse when an abandoned newborn baby is discovered in the ER bathrooms, a tragedy that reminds Kate of the secret she has tried to forget.

Wes Tanner is the perfect man. Handsome, blue eyes, works in the family business and leads a small volunteer search and rescue in Houston, Texas. He searches for the lost because he still wonders why his mother committed suicide when he was a child. He is attracted to Kate, but she keeps herself aloof from everyone, especially her father.

There lots of suspense and a nice romance with a good mix of internal and external conflict and an underlying theme of being lost then found. Rescue Team is very well plotted and relatively complex, with solid and likeable yet fallible characters, especially Kate and her father, Matt.

There were a lot of characters including five viewpoint characters, and while they weren’t difficult to keep straight, I do think five is too many point of view characters in a novel of this length. Kate and Wes, as heroine and hero in a medical romance, were obvious viewpoint characters, and I could see why Matt, Kate’s father, was important.

The other two? The inclusion of one effectively revealed her role in the ‘mystery’ of the letters, while I’m still not sure if the other was a red herring or just setting the character up as being the lead in the next book in the series. Rescue Team is the second in the Grace Medical series. I had no trouble following the story in Rescue Team, even though I haven’t read Trauma Plan, the first in the series. Good, but some lingering questions and too many viewpoint characters prevent it being great.

Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Candace Calvert at her website.

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