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Critical Care (Mercy Hospital #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,600 ratings  ·  127 reviews
After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She's determined to make a fresh start--new hospital, new career in nursing education--move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she's called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion.

Worse, she's forced back to the E
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 20th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 6th 2009)
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Was it Sherlock Holmes or Alice in Wonderland who told me to believe six impossible things before breakfast ... sounds sort of Cheshire Cat or Mad Hatter, so It must have been from Alice.

Even if it is after breakfast, here's the impossible thing.

I liked this book.

A lot.

Why should that be impossible? Because Critical Care is a romance. And oh no, not just a romance. A Christian romance. With nurses and doctors.

It's funny, it's quirky, it's heartwrenchingly sad. People learn about themselves,
This novel is a romantic ER drama. Readers who like ER dramas will probably love this novel. However, even if you don't normally care for ER drama (like me), I'd recommend you give this book a chance. It's a great book.

The pacing was excellent, with tension high from the very first page. The book was well-written with very likable and realistic characters and an interesting plot. The world-building (i.e. details of the medical trade and so forth) was excellent, bringing the story alive in my ima
Keiki Hendrix
Can a medical drama be written without explicit dialogue or scenes? Can an author craft a story without such material? Certainly! And Candace Calvert has done just that.

Critical Care is the engaging story of Sierra Mercy's Emergency Room physician (Dr. Logan Caldwell, aka Dr. McSnarly) and Claire Avery, an Education Nurse charged with securing the mental and emotional well being of the emergency care staff.

What did I learn from this book? What keeps takeout pizza's on speed dial for an ER doctor
You know you're an ER nurse when:
1. You're never late for work, in fact you come in 20 minutes early (see #2)
2. You are vigilant and diligent in making sure everything is stocked before your shift starts.
3. You can handle seeing an overwhelming amount of tragedy in one day.
4. You are addicted to coffee and/or diet coke and you're an incredible multi-tasker.
5. You believe in standing up for what is right, even it you have to stand up to the doctor barking orders at you.
6. You care more for your
Kate Hinderer
My younger sister is a nurse so I’m always on the look-out for great books that feature people in the medical field. I picked up a free ebook called Disaster Status by Candace Calvert, but when I saw it was the second book in the series I held off reading it in search of the first book. And that’s how I found Critical Care and the Disaster Relief medical series.

Claire Avery watched her brother die in the very Emergency Room where she worked as a nurse. She can no longer face the ER and all that
Leisa Wilkins
A Walk Back to Faith

Great Book reminding us that faith survives life's challenges. We might think we've given up on God, or that He has given up on us, but in the long run, what's in us comes out of us. Our faith survives our tragedies.

This book had great characters and interwoven themes that showed conflict, resiliency, and character. It's a great book to build your hope if you've ever lost anyone, had a tough seemingly unfeeling boss, coated your heart in protective gear, or just been disappo
Debut author, Candace Calvert, has accomplished something unique and wonderful with the start of her Mercy Hospital Series. "Critical Care" introduces us to a wonderful cast that I'm hopeful to see again and again in future books. Logan is the doctor in charge of the ER at Mercy and is known for being hard on nurses, to the point of making them quit. Erin is the head nurse who runs the nurses like a pro, but can't seem to get her love life to get in line like it should. Sarah is the reliable nur ...more
Some of my first "grown-up" books were those paperback nurse romances that my local library kept on a shelf right next to the children's section (that was in the days before teens had their own rooms at the library). I liked them so much that I decided I was going to be a nurse when I grew up, a goal that lasted until I took (and hated) high school chemistry. In any case, this book, Critical Care by Candace Calvert, reminded me of those old books.

Critical Care is primarily a romance novel. Her
Paula Legate
This story drew me right in. It’s about a team of one doctor, and many nurses that work in a hospital E.R. In this story, you feel the personal battles each one is facing, the battles they have faced, and the dreams they have. Logan is the doctor. He is known as been hard, he only wants the best in his team. He carry’s the responsibility of every life that comes though those doors. He knows about loss, but knows he can’t focus on the loss, he has to soldier though each day. He strives to offer o ...more
Marian Baay
Claire used to be an ER nurse, but when her brother came in during her shift severely burned and died, she panicked and couldn't work the ER anymore. She promised herself never to set foot in the ER again. She took a new job at another hospital and tried to stay away from the ER. But when the ER team are dealing with a tragedy she is needed to evaluate the staff if they can handle the situation.

Dr. Logan Caldwell is not happy to see Claire counseling his staff. His experience is that counseling
Bruce Judisch
There are three relative-milieu perspectives in which you often find stories set.

First, there’s the inside-looking-out view. At the risk of sounding self-serving, I’ll use my own Ben Amittai: First Call as an example. The hero—the prophet Jonah—is viewing the outside world from inside his unique perspective as a prophet called of God. He sees the effects of his calling—his milieu, if you will—on those around him who are not part of that calling, but are touched by it.

Second, there’s the view fro
After an explosion and fire at a child care center, nurse Claire is asked to step in and help the ER staff by talking with them about the stressful event. Claire wants nothing to do with the ER. She left ER work after her brother, a firefighter, died in the line of duty in her ER. She has her life all planned out but things aren't going to plan.

Logan is a doctor in the ER who holds people to his demanding expectations. He doesn't need to talk about a stressful event. He thinks talk isn't going t
Jamie Rhodes
This is a nice, clean Christian romance for any age. The setting is a hospital. The book revolves around the healing that needs to happen in some of the hearts in this ER. We get points of view from Logan, Claire, Erin, and Sarah. Two of them believe in the power of prayer. Two of them need some shaking up in that area. Logan is the ER medical director. Claire is a former ER nurse who is now into the education program that helps hospital staff with stress issues. Erin is the ER charge nurse. Sar ...more
Fun journey with this complicated character who learns to face her fears and get on with life. The tempo of this book picked up so much I simply had to keep reading it until it was finished. I forgot about laundry, meals, errands . . . and read Critical Care until the last satisfying page.
This book was so much better than I expected! I was afraid it was going to be too "medical" -- but it was a free Nook book, so I took the chance. There was just enough procedural detail about the work that goes on in the ER to keep it interesting and make it seem "real", but not enough that it seemed complicated and out of reach. The characters are all relatable - not all bad, but not all good either. Everyone has some lessons to learn. A note: this book is classified as Christian Fiction, and t ...more
4 stars.

I typically steer clear of books that have an undertone of faith. They just aren't my thing. But when I saw this on the Amazon free list I decided to give it a try. After a terrible accident involving her brother Claire leaves the ER for good. Until she has no choice but to help out at Mercy Hospital after they suffer their own community tragedy. Caught between the painful memories of her brother, a gruff but sweet doctor and other funny and headstrong characters Claire begins to let go
Just not up to the level of reading I am used to. Pretty sub-par writing. Only saving grace was the discussion of God and Faith.
Frances Botelho
well done, loved this story

life is challenging enough, add in heartache and loss...well, that is the basis of this story...Claire loves the Lord, but instead of trusting in His plan, she makes plans of her own that include never working in an ER again. She meets ER director Logan when she is assigned to work with his staff after a nursery school fire to assess post traumatic stress. He no longer believes in God, or counseling, making her job difficult. Both are attracted to each other but their
Perfect mixture of medical drama and romance. This first book was so good, I've continued the series. It is a light read, great for the beach...wishing that's where I was!! I like that the continuing books are all based on a character introduced in the prior book, yet they can be stand alone books. The characters have a conflict with God that the author resolves, as it often is in real life, with honesty and raw emotion. The books all have "happily ever after" endings, which is why I gave four s ...more
Candace Calvert writes pulse-throbbing, action packed "hope operas" in the medical romance genre. She creates vibrantly alive characters we can relate with and wonderful character development where members of a medical team face daily personal, professional and spiritual challenges. You may not want to put the book down until you've read it to the end.

At Sierra Mercy Hospital the staff had dubbed Dr. Logan Caldwell "Dr. McSnarly." That reputation was on solid ground when Claire Avery suffered h
Apr 02, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone; all ER,Grey's Anatomy & House lovers
Recommended to Molly by: Candace Calvert
Move over ER, step aside Grey's Anatomy and say goodbye to House! Candace Calvert out does all of you with this totally rockin' book, Critical Care!!! It has a mix of humor, suspense, romance and God, not to mention a blend of absolutely wonderful characters who make their way into your heart to stay.

Claire Avery and Logan ''McSnarly'' Caldwell are beautifully created for this story. They both made their way into my hearts and I became fast friends with them from the beginning. A story filled w
Much more than a romance...In fact, I've purchase book 2 in this series already.

Claire begins work at a new location to start over after a difficult time working in an ER where she loses her firefighter brother. She's waiting to land a job as nursing educator at her new place of employment but in the meantime, gets placed working in the ER—exactly what she doesn't want. To top it off, the ER director Logan, pushes his staff to the limits and is a difficult man to work for. Besides Logan, the ER
Keli Gwyn
There’s been a fire at a daycare center. Dr. Logan Caldwell and his staff scramble to treat the tiny burn victims, so many they’ve overflowed into the hallways. He has no time for Claire Avery, who’s been sent from the education department to offer stress counseling to his overtaxed colleagues. Sparks fly from the moment the former ER nurse meets the ER director, or McSnarly as those who’ve dealt with his brusque treatment have dubbed him. He has no time for “touchy-feely” counseling or “weak li ...more
CRITICAL CARE is the first book I've read from Candace Calvert. And though it is written with the typical opposites attract storyline, it still made for an enjoyable read.

With the main setting being an ER room at a hospital, we watch as Claire Avery, a nurse educator, deals with the trauma that plagues her past, and has driven her from the hospital she once worked at. We also watch as she deals with developing feelings for Dr. Logan Caldwell, a man that is so single-minded, he sees no need for
Critical Care was the first novel I have ever read by Calvert. I had never heard of her, but I read her book on a recommendation from Amazon, as they were having a freebie sale on her novel. I also enjoyed this novel as well. It is a Christian fiction book about an RN recovering from a tragedy of working in the ER when her brother (a firefighter) dies. As an RN myself, I have to say that this was the first from many novels (and TV shows for that matter) about medical issues that I enjoyed. Havin ...more
I recently discovered a new author (to me) and would like to share that information with all of you. She already has four books out, which is terrific, because now I don’t have to wait to read the second in the series. I read her first book in less than a week, not because it was short, but because I couldn’t put it down.

Candace Calvert has the power to captivate with words, storyline, and characters. She allows the reader to “hear” the story through four of her characters, which brings the sto
Critical Care by Candace Calvert

“… love, laughter, and faith are the very best medicines of all.”

Critical Care written by Candace Calvert is a heart felt story that is full of struggles, pain and redemption. There are even times of laughter in it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book. I wish I could have completed it in one sitting. I applaud the author, she didn’t use profanity or sexual content in her novel and still created a wonderful love story.

The story begins when Clair Avery, takes a ne
Nastassja Loots

Critical Care by Candace Calvert is the first book in the Mercy Hospital series. I only discovered Calvert last year, but am eagerly digging into her earlier works. I really enjoy Calvert's medical writing. It is very obvious she used to work in hospitals herself, as her work has a level of authenticity which adds immensely to the overall feel of the story. The overall impression you get while reading, is that it may very well be based on reality - a
Cheri Swalwell
I recently discovered a new author (to me) and would like to share that information with all of you. She already has four books out, which is terrific, because now I don’t have to wait to read the second in the series. I read her first book in less than a week, not because it was short, but because I couldn’t put it down.

Candace Calvert has the power to captivate with words, storyline, and characters. She allows the reader to “hear” the story through four of her characters, which brings the st
Critical Care by Candace Calvert

It took one night for nurse Claire Avery's life to change. She was on duty in the ER the night her brother was brought in. After his death she leaves for a new hospital and a new position that keeps her as far from the ER as possible. Her life is ER free until the day there is an explosion at a daycare center. The ER needs hands and Claire's are skilled. She's asked to return to the ER and her life isn't ever the same.

Dr. Logan Caldwell is feared and revered. The
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Former ER nurse, wife, Mom and grandmother, Candace Calvert believes that love, laughter, and faith are the best medicines of all. Her new Mercy Hospital Series for Tyndale House offers readers charismatic characters, pulse-pounding medical drama, romance, humor, suspense--and a prescription for hope. Think, “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul.” She is . . .

A Northern California native who began her nu
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“Want to hear something cool?' He took the rubber earpieces from his ears and eased them into Jamie's, then replaced the stethoscope over the child's heart. 'Do you hear that? That soft thumping inside there?'
Jamie's eyes widened and a sweet smile lit his face.
'You know what that is?' Logan asked.
'Uh-huh.' Jamie beamed with confidence. 'It's Jesus.”
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