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Disaster Status (Mercy Hospital #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  994 ratings  ·  83 reviews
A hazardous material spill means ER charge nurse Erin Quinn and fire captain Scott McKenna must work together, even though they don't seem to agree on much of anything
Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2010)
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Casey
This book didn’t even make it to my “to be read” pile. It came straight from the bubble wrap and into my hot little hands.

What a novel! Medical dramas, can’t even compare to DISASTER STATUS. I had the distinct feeling of standing in the middle of a trauma ward as everyone rushed around me. You don’t have to understand medical terms to know what is going on. But this book wasn’t just medical disasters, it was a love story and a story of life outside of trauma that made it jump to life.

There was a
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K.M. Weiland
I don't read much romance, but when I'm in the mood for some lighthearted fun, this is exactly how I like 'em. I enjoyed Critical Care, the first book in the series (and, incidentally, the first e-book I ever bought), but this one just hit the spot for me from start to finish. Enjoyable characters, obviously spot-on ER plotting (not that I'd know, but you can always tell when writers know their stuff), and well-paced theme. Enjoyed it all the way through.
AJ Best
I'm guilty. I like to read sometimes just for the fun of it. I don't really want to read, or think too much. And when this happens, I reach for a Harlequin** book and read it in less than 24 hours. It's a great quick read (no matter how long the book is) and gives me the happily ever after (HEA) that I've always wanted, the man that does it all even with flaws.

I was given this WONDERFUL book to read by Tyndale House Publishers and was very excited about it. I expected to get some good romance, l
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Renee
This is one of the books that I have been anticipating the most in 2010 and I was not disappointed in the least. I LOVED this book and let me say that's a miracle for me because I don't normally enjoy any kind of novels set in hospitals and the ER! I knew I had to read it when I saw the cover...whew call 911 'cause that guy is smokin' and what's great is the story in between the covers is terrific too!

Erin Quinn was first introduced in Critical Care and I couldn't help but feel sorry for her get
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Ashley
I had first heard about the Mercy Hospital series on a fellow blogger's , Renee (a.k.a Steelergirl83), blogaversary and I instantly loved . Then, I heard from another friend that Tyndale was offering it up for review (Thanks Casey!), so I knew I had to put my name on the list. And I'm soooo glad I did. The story is about the strong and independent Erin Quinn, charge nurse at Pacific Point hospital. And Scott Mckenna, a hunky firefighter who lives by the proverbial book. And when they butt heads, ...more
stormhawk
Candace Calvert has gone and done it to me again ... she has written a novel, a Christian romance, no less, that I enjoyed. A lot. Disaster Status, The second of her Mercy Hospital series, is a medical drama, set in a hospital in California. Her characters struggle with their lives and choices as they struggle to save others, as physicians, nurses, and in this book, a firefighter/paramedic. She focuses on story, and keeps the story both interesting and realistic. What she writes about is played ...more
Jeanne
Probably shouldn't have read this right after the first one, but I wanted to know what happened with Erin. The storyline has some of the same elements as the first, so it feels a bit repetitive even though the story itself is different. A little time might have eliminated that.

Erin moves with her grandmother to a little house near the ocean. She tells herself it's to help out her gran, but she's running away to the place she found safe and steady support when she was a child.

Called in to work wh
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Barbara
This very realistic medical drama will hold your interest from beginning to end. It has so many layers to it: trust, relationships, faith, forgiveness, the variety of ways individuals deal with post-traumatic stress and how it can effect each person very differently, and, of course, more than one clean romance. I can't wait for Candace Calvert's next novel to come out. After only two novels she is becoming one of my favorite authors.
Renee
Another good book by Candace Calvert - a story about family relationships (good and bad) set against the backdrop of a hospital. This book follows Erin (featured in Critical Care) and her relationships with her grandmother, parents, and even fire chief Scott McKenna. Add into the equation, Sarge (a night housekeeping staff member) and Cody (nephew of Scott) and the excitement builds.
Loraine
I really liked the characters in this book and the theme that ran throughout all of the main characters lives. Each character was hiding something from themselves and others and each needed to learn to forgive themself and others. I look forward to reading other books by Candace Calvert.
Diamond Jones
Almost gave up on this series after being bored with slow parts in book one. Glad I read book two. The characters were all interesting, the drama and medical scenes were good. I loved Scott & Erin friendship/relationship.
Susan Snodgrass
Candace Calvert, as a former ER nurse, writes medical suspense/romance in a Christian vein. I love her books.

I don't know how I missed this one because I've read all her others, but found it in my to read basket and snatched it up.

Reading her books is like watching an episode of ER! Serious medical drama, along with suspense, characters that are flawed and in need of God's mercy and grace.

I cried the last fourth of the book! I did! Readers come away understanding that we can't just be a strong
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Catherine
I really liked this book. ER charge nurse Erin Quinn Escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she's put to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department's handsome incident commander,who thinks her strategy is out of line. Fire captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he's learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career,heal ...more
Erin Pike
I think this book is very pleasant, but I didn't feel strongly that it was great or anything.

I can't even say how long ago I bought this book on my kindle, though I can definitely say I did it when I was stocking up on free books ('cause I'm cheap like that). I finally got around to reading this one, and I was very happy to find out that even though I had inadvertently purchased the second book in a series, I could still get into the story and keep up with everything that was happening. I will s
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Julie
Review pending...another great 5 star read that I HIGHLY recommend. Candace Calvert is a favorite of mine!!!
Molly
Apr 06, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: FIRST
Critical Care was wonderful (see my reviewhere), but dare I say that Disaster Status was even better? Hmm....I could say that. But I think they are both EXCELLENT books and I LOVED them! Disaster Status is great in it's own way. It follows the medical field, as did Critical Care, but it's about Erin's story (which we saw her in Critical Care as Claire Avery's friend) and her move to Pacific Mercy Hospital where she meets First Responder/Fire Fighter Scott McKenna. These characters and their medi ...more
Debbie
"Disaster Status" is a suspenseful medical drama that will appeal to both men and women. A hazardous material spill brings together two people whose coping mechanisms--picked up from their parents and grandparents--threaten to destroy any chance of a lasting relationship.

While there is a romance (more than one, actually), the author went beyond the "romance formula" to deal with deeper issues. No one else has ever made me shed a tear over a dying goldfish. (Read the story, and you'll understand.
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Christy
I will forever stand by the opinion that authors always deserve a second chance. Truly, I did not enjoy Candace's first novel, Critical Care. I thought it was a copycat version of Grey's Anatomy that was unrealistic and over the top.

However.... :o)

Disaster Status was oh-so-much better! I was a little nervous going into the first few chapters that Candace was still on the Grey's Anatomy kick, but she quickly proved me wrong. This story was much more genuine, and had realistic characters that slo
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Tamara
DISASTER STATUS is the second installment in the Mercy Hospital Series. Erin Quinn, an ER charge nurse, seems in complete control, at least with her job. But her personal life is a different matter. Estranged from her father and strained tension with the rest of her family has her clinging to the relationship she has with her grandmother. Living together in her grandmother’s modest beach house, she dreams of one day having a relationship as strong and as pure as the one her grandmother shared wi ...more
Sally
I don't know much about medical matters. In our family, it's why I joke that my husband is the physical therapist, my sister-in-law is the nurse, and I'm comunications major! But Candace Calvert, herself a former nurse, once again shows you don't need to have specialist knowledge to enjoy her Mercy Hospital series.

Just like the first book in the trilogy, Disaster Status has attention-grabbing action on the very first page. There's no dull scene setup, it's straight into the drama and the introdu
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Nastassja Loots
Disaster Status by Candace Calvert is the second book in the Mercy Hospital series. The story follows Erin, who was a supporting character in Critical Care, and fire fighter Scott McKenna. Scott and Erin are thrown together when they must join forces to control the repercussions of a hazardous material spill, and initially they seem as ill-suited as oil and water; they disagree on everything and hardly a conversation concludes without one of them losing their cool. The longer they are in each ot ...more
Kara
It’s amazing how Calvert can pull her reader in from the FIRST page and bring you into a hospital scene that feels JUST as real as the TV shows ER or Hawthorne!! Erin Quinn and Scott McKenna do NOT get along the first time they meet, but find themselves battling a hazardous material incident, or a Code Orange and must make the best in a messy situation. Both are also facing deep personal issues in their families that have caused them to turn their backs on God. However, there’s also a young boy ...more
Kate Hinderer
There is something about firefighters and nurses that seem to go together - like peanut butter and grape jelly, only better. Fire captain Scott McKenna is in charge of securing Pacific Mercy hospital after a disaster makes the hospital a media target and possible contamination scene. Charge nurse, Erin Quinn is on her day off when the tragedy strikes and she is called in to help control the situation. The trouble is, Scott is a by-the-book man and doesn't want to let this feisty by ID-less woman ...more
Nora St Laurent
Disaster Status reminds me of the opening scene to House, the T.V. series, where someone arrives in the ER extremely ill. Dr. House and his team must solve the mystery to save lives. In a similar fashion; Erin, charge nurse and fire captain, Scott must uncover clues to this frightening situation developing in the ER. Candace Calvert's nurse training and familiarity with ordeals experienced in the Emergency Room make the characters real, and the circumstances chilling. This author also gives the ...more
Julie Graves
Erin is an ER nurse who has a hard time trusting people-especially men. All while she was growing up she could never trust her father because he always let her down. She cannot forgive her father so she has hardened herself and separated herself from her family. She has convinced herself that she is strong and doesn't need to trust anyone else.

Scott is a firefighter with ambitions to be chief. He likes everything "by the book". Having failed to help his sister out of a miserable marriage with di
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Bruce Judisch
I recently found myself in the unenviable position of being way behind on my Calvert reading. Quickly remedied by downloading Disaster Status to my Kindle, I was shortly on the mend. And what better mend to be on than with this story?

Second in the "Mercy Hospital" series, Disaster Status steps away from its prequel, Critical Care, in theme and intensity, but not in quality. Okay, maybe in quality, too, for as the theme and the tension wratchet up, so does Ms. Calvert's storytelling.

The story fol
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Tanya
I wish I could have loved this book, but I found I really couldn't. I like flaws in my characters but sometimes they annoy me and this heroine annoyed me greatly. How she treated her grandmother was terrible. If the author sees being a nurse and the things we see as a reason to keep someone from working in the hospital because it might bring to much pain? I'm sorry but I don't get it, I'm a nurse and I don't get it. Then to have the nurse not know what a fulcrum is? That is basic physics and eve ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Erin and Scott each have their own set of baggage to bring to their new relationship and, predictably, work through that baggage. What I appreciated was the realistic portrayal of very human feelings. Erin can't forgive her father and Scott has lost his faith in God, after the tragic deaths of his father and sister. As in most Christian fiction, lost faith is rediscovered and relationships mended.

Candace's knowledge and experience of the inner workings of an ER and hospital are apparent and I f
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Margaret Metz
I have been reading this series all out of order. I read the third book first, now the second. I still haven't read the first . . . I'm breaking every rule I usually set for myself. The books stand alone really well. I knew what happens with Leigh and so it was kind of distracting whenever her parts came up.

There are more points of view than I'm used to. It wasn't hard to tell people apart, but I think it may have made it a little harder to . . . "bond" with the main characters. I understand why
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Ronna
I read this book, because I recently read another book about firefighters that I loved, had this book in my TBR pile and felt like reading another story about firefighters. They were quite different, but I enjoyed this book all the same. I'm not going to re-write the summary, but will say that I liked the characters (especially the hero's nephew Cody) and that it is chock full of all the medical drama and romance it promised. Also, there were many HEA's, which was nice. What I found challenging ...more
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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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