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Saturday, February 4, 2017

BOOK REVIEW- MAYBE IT'S YOU (CRISIS TEAM) by Candace Calvert


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?  AMAZON  5 STARS

This book faces some tough issues, some very adult ones. In the opening chapter, it became clear very quickly how much Sloan guarded her privacy.  No one got too close.   She stayed under the radar as much as she could. And she's got many good reasons why.  But as the book blurb says, Micah has other plans.  Sloan freezes Micah out as much as possible but she's still in the probationary days of being a new hire.   The book is good even with some of the intense issues and it gives glimpses of things to be revealed.  It was done skillfully like peeling an onion. But still managing to keep your attention.
I liked Micah, there is more to him than Sloan first thought.  And we get to see that he is not only NOT  a goody- two- shoes or a slick ad man but a deeply caring person with pain of his own.  Speaking of pain, Sloan had a truck load of it, the weights on her bad were heavy.  It's amazing that with all that, she still can care about the downtrodden.  As a nurse, she treats them with respect and care, no matter who they are.    There is an interesting cast of people, but not so many that it is hard to keep up.
This story also constantly surprised me.  Plenty of action, twists and turns along with a developing friendship/slow courtship between Sloan and Micah.  God will be mentioned in this story along with some prayer but if that bothers you, don't let it hold it back.  It was a darn good story and the parts about God were nicely woven in.
On a side note, I like how that the title, "Maybe it's you", came up in the story several times and showed why it made for a good title.

I liked the deeper insights into the Crisis Teams workings, its something that I never really thought about all that much.  After reading this book, I could begin to see how tough that job could be.  That it takes a special kind of person to do the job well; a calling even.  Micah mentioned several times that the biggest part of his job especially in the beginning of the death notification was "to listen".  The he offered other ways to help as things moved along.

I received a copy of this book via Tyndale Fiction, and this is my opinion of it.  I don't give 5 STARS lightly but this book definitely kept me involved.

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