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Could I Have This Dance? (Claire McCall #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  303 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
You can't dance this dance unless it's in your blood. Claire McCall is praying it's not in hers. Claire McCall is used to fighting back against the odds. Hard work, aptitude, and sheer determination have helped her rise from adverse circumstances to an internship in one of the nation's most competitive surgical residencies. But talent and tenacity mean nothing in the face ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 2002)
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Oct 31, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
This was a second read of this book as I had already read it 4-5 years ago. I remembered the story somewhat but I felt that I would enjoy "For the Rest of My Life" better if I read book 1 again first to refresh my mind. It is a great read and it teaches one so much about Huntington Disease and, being written by a doctor, it is also a great way to understand the life of an intern, chief resident, surgeon, other medical staff and even "the Wedges". :)

Claire has fought her way out of a small countr
Rachel Bhattacharyya
Mar 06, 2014 Rachel Bhattacharyya rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
There is a religious component to this book that I didn't expect, but it wasn't heavy-handed. The story line of a young female intern who is struggling to make the grade in a prestigious University hospital is compelling. There are lots of twists and turns, and I found the inclusion of Huntington's Disease (HD) to be the best part of this book. It helps readers discover the impact of genetic diseases on family systems, and also gives a glimpse into the dilemma of genetic testing for individuals ...more
Renee Yoder
Nov 02, 2014 Renee Yoder rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author's novels that combine intrigue, mystery, and medicine. This book drew me in starting from the first page. The plot development was thorough, the characters were believable, and I was left wondering until the very last chapter how the book would end. At times it was heartbreaking because Huntington's Disease sounds like a horrible disease that robs its victims and their families of so many of life's blessings. I appreciated how the author wove faith in God into the live ...more
Trinity Rose
Oct 06, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
Another first for me. I hadn’t heard of Harry Kraus before reading this book. He is now one of my new favorite authors.
There are two kind of books I love and they are medical and police dramas. This is a mix of medical and suspense which I really love.
This book is in a series so it didn’t really answer the main question if the main character has an inherited disease so I have to read book number two.
The cover is beautiful and title of this book Could I have this Dance?, is a great play on wor
Mar 31, 2013 Casey rated it liked it
The idea that put this novel together is the main reason I picked it up. To avoid a back cover recap, I’ll just say: it was interesting. Working in a medical field as my work-a-day job, I was intrigued by this concept to let that world enter a bit of my fiction entertainment.

Published in 2002, a reader can definitely see where Christian fiction has progressed and become a stronger force to be reckoned with. Much of the novel was a bit wordy for my taste, but Claire as a character, and her circum
Janie  R.
Jun 05, 2014 Janie R. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-suspense

An excellent story-intense,fast-paced,with several subplots which kept me reading beyond my regular sleeping hours, and very interesting info on Huntington's disease. I liked the character of Clair, her strength and deep faith,and her dreams of becoming a surgeon. Some surprising twists and turns in the story, made me gasp out loud! I don't want to give away anymore of this super good story, you will just have to read it! I have found another favorite author, Harry Kraus,MD.!
Apr 26, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of medical drama
Author Harry Kraus peaked my interest when I discovered that he was a surgeon in real life as well as a fantastic author. Harry began writing his first novel during his last year of surgical training, when he was chief resident. From there not only has his medical career blossomed, but his gift of writing has made a place for him the literary world.

I love the fact that Harry writes some very intense, gritty, medical fiction without crossing over into the secular trends of adding sex, profanity.
Sandy Sieber
Jan 30, 2015 Sandy Sieber rated it it was amazing
Knowing two different people who have Huntington's Disease has made this book especially interesting to me. Harry Kraus's highly complex plots and fast moving action sure helped too. I would recommend this book to anyone but especially to those who like medical thrillers. I appreciate that Mr. Kraus kept his plot moral, allows his characters to have flaws, and incorporates a Christian worldview.
Truke de Kruijter- Prins
Jun 14, 2014 Truke de Kruijter- Prins rated it really liked it
Mooi boek, zet je stil bij de vraag, wat willen we weten over onze erfelijkheid, wat moeten en mogen we in vertrouwen op God, aan Hem overlaten?
Aug 27, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it
Once I got caught up in it, it was hard to put it down.
Jun 28, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok
Slow and predictable
Jan 12, 2013 L rated it it was amazing
Harry Kraus draws from his career as a general surgeon to develop a story about Claire McCall, and her trials as a surgery intern, her search to prove that Huntington's Disease was the cause of her Dad's strange "dance" rather than alcoholism, and her pain from the secrets and family dynamics that she uncovers along the way.Really enjoyed this one, and learned a great deal about how difficult it can be for a woman to pursue a career in medicine.
Aug 04, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. Medical novel, hospital setting, great characters; fabulous, well-written story; lots of action, surprises around every corner. Medical intern Claire McCall meets challenges in her professional and personal lives. The best thing is that her character changes over the course of the story. I believe this is the best novel I’ve ever read
Oct 14, 2010 Sheero rated it really liked it
Granted, I read this book quite a while ago, but I loved how the characters were authentic without perfecting them like in most Christian Inspirational Literature. Claire was a normal woman going through what women her age go through, temptation, fear, anger as her world is turned inside out.
I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Apr 22, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
This book was suggested to me by a dear friend. I thought the story was well told and interesting. There were a few times that I wished the pace of the story would of been quicker. The characters were well developed. The story had enough twists and turns that I did not see the ending coming. I will seek out this author again.
Aug 31, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Well written. This book just kept getting better and better...and it left me desperate to read the next book in the series as soon as possible!
Mary Elizabeth Morton
Jul 27, 2011 Mary Elizabeth Morton rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! If you are a fan of Grey's Anatomy, you will love this book. It is Book One in a Trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the other two books. You can tell the author is a doctor. Plus if you are Christian, it has a nice Christian element to it, that Grey's Anatomy does not have.
Oct 09, 2007 Jen rated it it was amazing
Fist in the series, E. Claire is doing her residency after completing her MD at a top notch school hours away from the family and past she desperately wants to escape. The story unfolds beautifully and makes you want to pick up the next installment. A love story, tear-jerker, medical thriller.
Mar 01, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A little over the top with the drama but it was a fun read. It was fun to read a medical novel with a Christian perspective. It's nice to know that people still believe in God and will write about Him in a positive light, and a way that most of us can understand.
Allison Petersen
Nov 09, 2008 Allison Petersen rated it it was amazing
I love that it is a Christian novel with characters who truly experience the Christian life...trials, doubts, questions. It is not a trite view of the Christian walk. Also, it has some mystery, romance, and lots of interesting medical situations.
May 06, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Read this in a church book club years ago. While I learned a lot about Huntington's Disease, which I had never heard of before, I did not like the book well enough to continue the series.
Mar 06, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
The book started out good, but it sort of developed into a "soap opera" story with so many people not knowing who their biological parents were. There were so many secrets.
Nov 03, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
Novel about a surgical intern who is working to survive an intensive program and who uncovers the possibility of an incurable genetic disease in her family.
Feb 24, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Great read and shows who real friends are. Also shows family relationships the good and the bad. Now on to the sequel.
Aug 29, 2008 Christie rated it it was amazing
This book was really cool. A medical background, suspense, romance, and even spiritual truths. One of the best books I've read in awhile.
Kati Hinson
Jun 05, 2013 Kati Hinson rated it it was ok
Didn't get into it until the last 5or 6 chapters. It was hard to understand because of all of the medical jargon.
Dec 23, 2013 Christal rated it liked it
I learned a lot about Huntingdon's disease.
Jul 06, 2011 Lesli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a great book. It's a little slow at the beginning, but if you push through it is great.
Mar 14, 2013 Donnab rated it really liked it
What a story of twists & turns! Once again Krauss kept me interested until the very last page.
Feb 25, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this I need to find Book #2. Some unexpected twists in this book.
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Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Dr. Kraus resides in Virginia with his wife Kris and the youngest of his three sons.
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