Tyndale House Publishers
Disaster Status by Candace Calvert is a medical drama and a romance all wrapped into one. Captain Scott McKenna and Erin Quinn encounter each other during a pesticide accident that leaves multiple farm workers ill and creates chaos within Pacific Point, California. Erin and Scott both work in public safety, but on a personal level they struggle with forgiveness issues. Erin is a stubborn ER charge nurse who is slow to forgive and only talks to God when she needs Him. Scott, a fire chief, blames himself for his family’s troubles and hides from God. Throughout the novel both characters, through a series of life-changing events, realize their need for God is greater than they have ever confessed. In the end, both learn what John 20:23 teaches: “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
Calvert does a good job of integrating the medical aspects with the romantic elements. She shows the reader how characters interact and gives her readers hope that love is out there. Each character is relatable and the situations are honest and contemporary. Yet, even with her great characters, real life situations, and seamless integration of faith and love, I found myself wanting to put the book down midway, even before any climactic events took place. Calvert grabs your attention in the beginning but loses momentum in the middle of the book until a kidnapping of Scott’s nephew occurs, which regains the narrative momentum and makes reading the book worthwhile again. After looking for answers in all the wrong places, Scott and Erin turn their hearts to God. From here Calvert ties up all the loose ends with a proposal, a successful medical treatment, and a sunset on the beach.
I would recommend this book to women of all ages who have time and patience. Even with the great characters, engaging dialogue, and underlying Christian message, this book is rather slow going. This novel is perfect for anyone who loves medical dramas on TV or anyone who struggles with forgiveness. – Kailey Traylor, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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 his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he’s forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?