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By Your Side

(Crisis Team #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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 head ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers
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4.5 stars
I'm delighted to find an author who writes a clean, non-sensual story with a clear Christian message. Calvert manages to portray attraction without smarminess, which I deeply appreciate and value. Macy's had a hard past, and adding a sniper incident to her commute really isn't welcome, either. But she meets the new deputy from Houston during the incident, and sparks are soon flying between the two of them.
I'm already eager to read more in this series!
Sarah Grace Grzy
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Eh, waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars.

I haven't read many medical thrillers, but I certainly enjoyed this one! While the romance was on the heavier side than I usually like to read, I enjoyed the story, character arcs, suspense, and medical-galore. Both Macy and Fletcher were realistic, down-to-earth characters with convincing backstories. I also enjoyed the background characters, such as Seth (what a sweetie! Favorite character hands-down . . . ), Charly, Andi, and Taylor (although I'm still no
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By Your Side is one of those books that makes you giddy inside from joy and yet keeps you on edge enough to madly flick through the pages.

Macy Wynn is an ER nurse, survivor of foster care, hiker, bike rider and kick boxer, and is determined to take care of herself. Deputy Fletcher Holt is equally determined to help heal his mother, fix the relationship (currently non-existent) with his long-time love and friend, Jessica, and generally save the world. When Fletcher and Macy meet on an overpass,
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I discovered Candace Calvert's books. I had the rare pleasure of discovering her books after she'd written one series and was nearly finished with another, so I had the joy of reading one book right after the other. Now I have yet another favorite author!

I love medical suspense novels and Candace combines both those elements with a spiritual theme, which I love very much.

This book features Macy Wynn, who has not had the best of childhoods. She puts everything she has into making a g
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By Your Side was such a great read! Macy and Fletcher both captured my heart from the first pages. These are two characters who each have past issues to deal with and have come to rely on their own ability to handle things, instead of relying on trusting in God. Their individual spiritual growth was handled beautifully with these two and their relationship was all that I could have wanted.

There were plenty of intense situations to keep the excitement and tension high in the story, along with a v
Kelly Bridgewater
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like romantic suspense, and I’m a huge fan of the television show ER. I own every episode. I have heard of Candace Calvert, but I haven’t gotten around to reading any of her books yet. When Tyndale offered it for review, I jumped on the chase. It would make me sit down and read one of her books without buying it and sicking it next to other books on my To Be Read pile. I truly enjoyed the book.

Calvert shows the inner workings of an Emergency Room, and I enjoy writers who use their day-to-day
This one was another wonderful Calvert book.

There is talk of rape and one attempted rape in this story (not detailed)
Tamara Tilley
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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BY YOUR SIDE by Candace Calvert gives you a steady dose of romance and suspense, while keeping God at the forefront.

Macy Wynn has survived due to her sheer determination and her unwillingness to depend on anyone but herself. The product of uncommitted parents and a foster care system that let her down, Macy learned long ago that she could trust no one but herself. Now, an ER nurse, Macy intends on making a home for her and her foster sister without any outside distractions. That is until she mee
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I loved this book!!!! But I'm sure going to try. Kind of like an ER episode (remember that show?) where the drama in the ER spills over into the every day lives of the characters. The medical scenes are compelling, but not overwhelming, and they add an extra thrill to an already edge-of-your-seat read. There's action and suspense, heart-tugging sorrow and the thrill of romance.

Hard-hitting and full of gritty realism, Calvert doesn't shy away from tough topics like ment
Vera Godley
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By Your Side from The Crisis Team Series written by Candace Calvert involves drama, romance and faith!

Being an RN myself for 30 years, I tend to be more critical of novels involving medical information. This book is accurate and informative in its medical information, without overwhelming the non-medical reader!

I also enjoyed the story because some of the supporting characters from Calvert's previous book, Life Support, are the main characters in this story. The best part is you can enjoy By You
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Macy Winn doesn't trust anyone. Not after what her father did to her. She's learned some hard lessons about foster care and trusting men. She's an ER nurse who loves her job, but doesn't do relationships or religion. Fletcher Holt is a deputy from Texas who is only in California while his mother fights her battle with cancer. Despite everything that has happened to him, he still clings to his faith. The two first meet when a sniper causes a pile up on the freeway. Their lives intertwine in ways ...more
Hallie Szott
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This review is also posted on Book by Book.

I haven’t read any of Candace Calvert’s previous books, but I definitely enjoyed the time I spent with the pages of her newest novel, By Your Side. A fast-paced story bringing traumatic situations to life (as well as the people who handle them), this novel was hard for me to put down. Page after page, I kept rooting for Macy and Fletcher, as they swiftly dealt with the drama their occupations throw at them, bantered their way into a sweetly budding roma
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
It wasn't like this was an awful book, I just didn't care for it. There is mention of a past rape, but not detailed. There was also an assault and attempted rape (not extremely detailed). The romance was a little much for my taste and the mystery wasn't very suspenseful or exciting in my opinion. I guess this just wasn't my style of reading.
Rebekah Morris
2.5 stars
There were some things I enjoyed about this book, and some things I didn’t.

What I didn’t like:
I didn’t care for the descriptions of the kissing. It went beyond my comfort zone and I almost shut the book.
There is an attempted rape scene that made me cringe even though it wasn’t too detailed and didn't last very long. Another rape in the past was talked about but not in detail.
The fact that a Christian guy was “dating” a non-Christian girl made me uncomfortable. No, he didn’t really know
Denise Hershberger
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By Your Side is the first book in a new series by Calvert but it was just as good as her other two series were and I assume this series will also have 3 books so I'm already looking forward to books 2 and 3!!!

When you read her books you feel like you are in the scenes of a clean version of Grey's Anatomy with a little bit of police drama thrown in too. But she never leaves all of the book for just work - she always includes fun pastimes for her characters.

I loved the main characters in By Your S
Debbie Oxier
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this story very entertaining with a number of interesting characters, each with their own trials and tribulations to deal with. The main focus of the story centered around Fletcher Holt, a policeman, and Macy Wynn, a nurse at a local hospital. The two of them meet at the scene of an accident where Macy is trying to care for one of the victims of the crash, a child, and Fletcher arrives to assist. All of a sudden, someone is shooting at them, an apparent sniper. Fletcher calls for back up ...more
Nicki Olsen
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

When Deputy Fletcher Holt moved to California from Texas, the last thing he expected to be doing was protecting a stubborn nurse from a sniper on the freeway. When Macy Wynn refuses to leave the scene of an accident and a scared 6 year old little girl, Fletcher isn't sure whether he should be enamored or irritated. Seconds after deciding to leave things be,and arguing with a disgruntled businessman, gunshots are fired putting everyone on the freeway in a frenzy. When Macy is involved i
Karen Collier
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Here’s a romantic suspense novel with lots to love – witty banter, sigh-worthy romantic moments, great descriptions, and a suspenseful storyline to draw you in and keep you engaged. This is the first book I’ve read by Candace Calvert, and I look forward to reading more.

We meet Macy and Fletcher in the midst of a dangerous situation, and get to know and like them more and more as the story goes on. They’re both caring professionals out to make a difference. They each have a heroic side, and yet t
Lisa Johnson
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: By Your Side (Crisis Team #1)
Author: Candace Calvert
Pages: 384
Year: 2015
Publisher: Tyndale
A threat looms on the horizon. Nobody can see him, but they know he is there. Every time they stick their heads up they hear a shot. A truck sideswipes a van. When a nurse races to get there to help with any injured, there is a man with a BMW who thinks he is more important than the officer questioning him. Add a compassionate ER nurse and a police officer who i
Summary (from Amazon):
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 abili
Becky Lewis
Faith, Fear, Romance, and Adrenaline...

Faith, fear,romance, and adrenaline all fight for supremacy in Candace Calvert's By Your Side, book one of the Crisis Team series. Calvert shows us the gritty side of foster care through Trauma care nurse Macy Wynn. Macy has learned through foster care ,..."that was the worst part. Not knowing anything for sure. Where you'd sleep, what you'd eat, who was nice...or who might want to hurt you in ways you couldn't even understand. You were never, ever sure. Yo
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
By God's grace alone I have never been faced with a severe enough emergency to warrant a visit from a Crises Care Team. I have a friend who is a chaplain with our local fire department and I thought I knew what he did but this novel has opened my eyes to something completely new.

Candace Calvert has done a phenomenal job of bringing to life a cast of characters that allow us to go inside the world of crisis counseling. Through some very traumatic situations we get to see how a group of giving and
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now that I'm back at work as a nurse full-time, I no longer have to get my medical "fix" vicariously through novels, but that doesn't stop me from reading Candace Calvert every chance I get! A former ER nurse herself, Calvert knows that which she writes, and it shows in the authentic scenarios, believable characters, and crisp dialogue she creates. By Your Side combines her trademark medical drama and heart-pounding suspense in a tale that might be wise to read with a defibrillator nearby. (Good ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By your side is the first novel by Candice Calvert in the Crisis Team medical series. As I stated before she is the first author I was willing to read who wrote medical drama. I am now hooked and watch for each of her books to be released.
By Your Side captures your attention with the first two words: Help me! In Candice’s books you're not going to get a fairytale. She writes about real people with real issues. In By Your Side, Fletcher’s mom is battling cancer and you see the struggles that the
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
"Do you fully trust God or do you simply trust him not to let something bad happen?"

Emergency Room nurse Macy Wynn and Deputy Fletcher Holt find themselves discovering how to unreservedly trust God as they maneuver personal and professional land mines within the pages of Candace Calvert's newest series debut; "By Your Side". Filled with intriguing suspense on the one hand and emerging romance between two unlikely individuals, there's a lot to like about this story.

Macy Wynn is a survivor; she h
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read, I love Ms Calvert
Beth Erin
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Look for the full review on Faithfully Bookish book review blog.

Deputy Fletcher Holt is a born and bred Texan temporarily living and working in Sacramento. He has a very close relationship with his parents and is determined to do everything in his power to help them.
ER nurse Macy Wynn has dedicated herself to her career and reconnecting with her foster sister. In her personal life, she tends to hold people at an arms length but she has an immense compassion for her patients.
Fletcher and Macy i
Marietta (Mari) Taylor
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-reader
Candace had me at sniper. What a way to start the book and introduce the main characters. Macy Wynn proved to be as complex and yet as simple and loving as she appeared in the first few moments with her. The same can be said for Fletcher Holt. Each was carrying burdens intended for God to handle. From Macy's desire to help her foster sister finally "do good and live well" to Fletcher's desire to help his terminally ill mother, we see faith struggles. How does one have hope when things feel hopel ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is not an overly suspenseful novel but it is a good combination of some suspense with excellent character development. The emphasis in on the characters, not the action. But the combination worked so well that I found this to be a compelling novel. Both Macy and Fletcher had character defects they had to work out. Macy's came from being in the foster system and not recognizing God and His care for her. Fletcher, although he is a Christian, thought he could save everybody. Both face those is ...more
Mary  O'Brien
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED this book! I fell in love with all the characters!

Meet Deputy Fletcher Holt-Fletcher believes in the higher power. That God has a plan for everyone. He has been handling everything just fine on his own. That is until he moves from Houston back home to help his mother with her illness--Cancer.

Meet Macy Wynn--Macy had a rough life growing up in the Foster Care System. She learned at a young age to depend on only herself and to trust no one, not
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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 Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical, and Crisis Team 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.”

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