Book Review: Life Support

26 May

361130Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family—and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?



homepic2Former ER nurse, wife, Mom and proud grandmother, Candace Calvert believes that love, laughter, and faith are the best medicines. Her popular medical fiction offers charismatic characters, pulse-pounding drama, romance, humor, suspense–and a prescription for hope. Think, “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul.” She is . . .

A Northern California native who spent several years in Hill Country Texas–where she learned to check her shoes for scorpions and plucked an armadillo from her swimming pool. Thinks cruising is the best way to travel: honeymooned in Venice, swam with stingrays, rode a camel at the pyramids, and sang (badly) with a Newfoundland country band. She’s passionate about cooking, loves bird watching, gardening, and gets goose bumps when her handsome husband hits the low notes at karaoke. She writes inspirational fiction because . . .

God blessed her with a quirky wit, buoyant optimism, and a contagious sense of fun–but she didn’t come to know him until after the Triple Whammy that turned her life into a bad country song. A painful and unexpected divorce, the Northern California floods of 1997, and (just when she was coping like a champ, no problem) an equestrian accident that left her with fractured ribs, a bleeding lung, broken back, neck fractures and a spinal cord injury. She’ll tell you that God took drastic measures to get her attention.

In the months of rehabilitation, Candace healed in body and spirit. And came to fully understand the difference between being a strong woman and a woman of strength. The difference is faith, and that lesson has been her biggest blessing. Her story, By Accident, appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, and launched her writing career. Now . . .

She is honored to bring readers medical fiction that offers exciting entertainment and a healthy dose of hope.


My Impressions:

If you are looking for a romance with fast-paced action and some medical drama to take along on vacation, then Life Support is a sure bet for your reading pleasure. Part of Candace Calvert’s Grace Medical series, it can be read as a standalone. Filled with great characters facing real life situations and problems and seasoned with a good dose of humor, it is a novel I really enjoyed.

Lauren Barclay is an ER nurse in Houston with lots on her plate — a demanding job, an erratic sister and an attraction to a man that should be off-limits. Eli Landry is busy taking care of his daughter and making sure his brother Drew gets the best medical care. But his father, a federal judge, is a big obstacle to what he thinks is best for his brother. Eli also feels the attraction to Lauren and is determined to make things right between them. Add medical emergencies, missing drugs and an approaching hurricane and you have a good mix for this romantic tale.

The strength of Life Support is its strong characterization. Relatable characters with real life situations are well-developed. I especially liked Drew, Eli’s disabled brother. Involved in an accident that left him with brain damage twenty years before, Calvert gives us a look into his thoughts and feelings that is truly unique. I loved that his teenage love for God carried over through his accident and the life that looks very different from his hopes and dreams. The care home that he goes to, Mimaw’s Nest, is also the kind of place I would entrust my loved one to. Are there any really like this out there? I sure hope so. The romance is of course the focus of Life Support. There are obstacles and misunderstandings that have to be overcome, but I liked that the characters were open with their feelings and didn’t shy away from confrontation. No suffering in silence here!

Life Support is a great pick for fans of romance and medical drama.


(Thanks to Tyndale for my review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Life Support”

  1. candace May 26, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    I so appreciate this thoughtful and thorough review of my newest medical drama. An honor to have you “scrub in”! I especially liked your comments regarding the character of Drew Landry; it was both a challenge and a delight to write from his unique point of view. Thank you for your time in reading and reviewing my work.


    • rbclibrary May 26, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Looking forward to more!


  2. Broc's Bookcase May 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I love a good medical drama but haven’t really read many books featuring them. This book seems like exactly what I have been looking for. It sounds like one of those books that is going to be full of emotion with a very powerful message at the end. I look forward to reading it! Great review, thanks for bringing it to my attention! 🙂


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