Monday, April 7, 2014

Life Support - Grace Medical 3 - by Candace Calvert

Life Support

This is an interesting story about nurse Lauren Barclay, who's doing all she can to keep her sister from going off the deep end.  She moves back to Houston to ensure that her sister never runs away again, watching that she gets to school, work, and that nothing upsets her too much, especially PA Elijah Landry.  Lauren and her parents blame him for causing her sister to run away and she can't understand why she feels drawn to him in spite of that.  Elijah was just trying to help her sister and he desperately wants Lauren to understand that, and to see that her sister needs real help.  He wants Lauren to be able to have a life, with him.  He's also trying to juggle a disabled brother, a father who files a restraining order to keep him away, and parenting his daughter alone.  Add in an impending hurricane and who knows what the future holds?

I haven't read very many books that take place in the medical field and I found it interesting to see what dealing with that kind of pressure would be like.  I liked the multiple viewpoints in this story as we get to see what other characters besides the two main ones are thinking.  About halfway through the book it felt like things started being rehashed and that the plot didn't move forward very much.  I found it extremely frustrating that Lauren and her parents couldn't see that Jessica needed more help than they could give.  I understand the denial that goes along with a serious medical diagnosis, but did they think they could control her forever?  There are moments of romance and it seems that Lauren and Elijah had a moment prior to this book, that I felt I might have missed out on since I haven't read the first two books in the series.  Jessica's disorder and Elijah's brother's situation with having brain damage made me think about how hard some people have it and what I would do if I had to deal with something like that.  I liked the message about the importance of faith, but that we also need to have action  If you like a mix of medical drama and romance, you might want to check out this book, but I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series.

I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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