Step by Step

Step by StepStep by Step by Candace Calvert
Series: Crisis Team
Genres: Medical, Romance
Published by Tyndale Publishing on February 1, 2016
Pages: 379
Also in this series: Maybe It's You
Also by this author: Maybe It's You

 

About Step by Step (from the back cover):
Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item on her Survival List after another. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point- “fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again…and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the Survival List?

 

For those of you familiar with this author, Candace Calvert, she is a former ER nurse and her books therefore are very accurate medically. Step by Step is no different, delving into the world of trauma room nurses and crisis counseling team members. Medical procedures and terms are sprinkled throughout the book-enough to keep seasoned medical professionals interested, but not too much to overwhelm those not familiar with the medical system lingo and process.

For those of you familiar with this author, Candace Calvert, she is a former ER nurse and her books therefore are very accurate medically.

This is the second book in the Crisis Team series. However, this book does not build or further the story from the first book, By Your Side. If you are looking for a continuation of the story of Macy and Fletcher, you won’t find it here. Instead, this book focuses on a cast of two main characters, Taylor Cabot an ER nurse and Seth Donovan the head of the crisis team training program/chaplain. A sprinkling of other characters is woven very intricately to the plot. This book reads much like a mystery and while the posted genre is medical romance, I think a mystery tag would be appropriate as you try to figure how the character of Sloan Wilder interplays with Taylor and Seth.

This book reads much like a mystery and while the posted genre is medical romance, I think a mystery tag would be appropriate as you try to figure how the character of Sloan Wilder interplays with Taylor and Seth.

Step By Step deals with many issues that are both emotion laden and very personal. Taylor is forced to deal with the grieving process from the death of her husband Greg and the loss of a good friend (pet) Hooper. Seth has to deal with mistakes from his past and how they have influenced his career and the outcome of his life. Sloane provides a bridge between the two main characters past when an affair is revealed. Kasie, while a minor character in the book, highlights the very real stress that is placed on relationships when people’s jobs require them to care beyond their immediate circles.

I was a little disappointed in the lack of discussion of faith and God throughout the book.

I was a little disappointed in the lack of discussion of faith and God throughout the book. A book dealing with crisis and the people who deal on a daily basis with death and dying seemed to me to be a perfect opportunity to share the Gospel message and how God’s grace, mercy and love can both heal and comfort. God is mentioned, but only in passing as Taylor deals with the death of her dog Hooper which triggers the grieving process from her husband’s death. The characters don’t attend a church or worship together, the hallmark of a strong and abiding faith.

Much like other of Calvert’s books, the “fairy tale” ending exists and all the issues/mysteries are resolved. If you are looking for a good book that offers a glimpse into the world of nurses and crisis team workers, Step By Step is a great choice. If you are looking with something containing a little more meat or a larger dose of spirituality, you might want to skip over this one.

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