Maybe It’s You

Maybe It’s YouMaybe It's You by Candace Calvert
Series: Crisis Team #3
Genres: Medical, Romance
Published by Tyndale Publishing on February 3, 2017
Pages: 418
Also in this series: Step by Step
Also by this author: Step by Step

 

Publisher’s Summary

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past — new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards. Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell. Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past. Can hope spring from crisis?

With a threatening past, a young girl in trouble, and a romance on the horizon, Maybe It’s You has all the makings of a good romantic suspense novel.

Candace Calvert’s latest novel tends to be rather middling, neither compelling nor boring, interesting but a little bit forgettable. I appreciated the inclusion of a “regular” job — Micah’s position working in marketing for the hospital (I myself work in media for a nonprofit). This novel had something of a slow start, but progressively improved as the story deepened.

This novel had something of a slow start, but progressively improved as the story deepened.

Sloane was likable, if not entirely believable, and Micah comes across as a pretty realistic character. Sloane’s back story is a little difficult to swallow; that she remains in such danger due to the actions of a person now wholly unconnected with her is a stretch. For secondary characters, Zoey sparks some interest and adds a new level to Sloane’s story. It’s easy to see why Sloane would get pulled into the young woman’s troubles.

I hope books like this convince everyday people to reach outside of themselves and do something similar to serve their communities.

I found Micah’s volunteer work on a crisis team interesting. Having once been served by a police officer filling a relatively similar role, I can see how critical that person can be during crises of all sorts. While authorities must handle investigations, victims and those peripherally impacted by crime or crisis also need to be tended to. This book does pique my interest in this role, which is a wonderful thing. I hope books like this convince everyday people to reach outside of themselves and do something similar to serve their communities.

The theme of forgiveness runs throughout the novel, as does the idea of leaving the past behind. But we see through Sloane’s life that one cannot occur without the other. To truly move forward, one must forgive the hurts of the past. And to forgive, one must be willing to let go and move on. These are important ideas that impact nearly everyone living in a broken and hurting world.

For those who love a solid, easy inspirational romance, this is a book for you.

Overall, Maybe It’s You is a mediocre read. For those who love a solid, easy inspirational romance, this is a book for you. For those looking for something more, a creative new plot line or truly impactful characters, this book will likely fall short.

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