Monday, March 2, 2015

By Your Side by Candace Calvert

Book Description:  ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

My Thoughts:  Candace Calvert is a brand new author to me.  Sometimes, one must veer off the road and try something new.  So, I didn't know what to expect as I began reading By Your Side.
I must admit that the cover of the book didn't entice me at all but I wanted something new . . . well, boy!oh!boy!  As I began reading I couldn't put this book down.  Good thing I started reading this on a Friday evening!  I love the fast action and the situations that ER nurse Macy gets herself into.
Macy hasn't had a wonderful childhood but she has gone on in life and she is doing fine.  Macy believes and trusts in God.  She meets Deputy Fletcher Holt who is trying to take care of/be by his mother who has cancer. 
Macy and Fletcher meet at an overpass where an overturned truck is holding up traffic.  When a sniper begins to take pot shots at people in the traffic jam, Fletcher goes into action trying to find the sniper.
The title By your Side made me think that Fletcher would be by Macy's side and protect her but the more I read this story the more the title struck me as God is always by your side.
This is quite and enjoyable read.  
I found out that Candace Calvert writes trilogies and that this is the first book in the Crisis Team Trilogy.  I'll be waiting for the others, {im}patiently, of course. (smile)

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale House*

About the Author: 
Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all. 

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to seven, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at:

  • Series: Crisis Team
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414390327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414390321

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