“We’ve both had some tough times. But I have to believe they’re taking us somewhere good,” Seth confides to Taylor in Candace Calvert’s novel, Step by Step.
~ What ~
Second in the Crisis Team series, this three hundred-and-seventy-nine page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romantic fiction. With no profanity except the use of hell in the eternal aspect, topics of illness, accidents, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this current-day story set in San Diego, California, emergency room nurse and crisis counselor, Taylor Cabot, is determined to move on from the past. Having lost her husband three years ago, she has made up a Survival List that she methodically checks off, everything except the last challenge: to fall in love again.
Seeing Seth Donovan at the hospital she works at, she is torn, especially when he admits he knows something about the day her husband died. Being a chaplain to the chaplains, the crisis coordinator tries to help Taylor leave grief behind.
While dealing with one medical crisis after another, the team helps survivors as they try to avoid compassion fatigue. Taylor, wanting so desperately to rid herself of the past, must accept it and those around her to find a future of happiness and love.
With the book’s focus on the crisis team, it goes into detail of the love and support volunteers offer when there is a tragedy. I like how the author tenderly discussed the aftermath of dealing with injury and death in a medical environment. Her handling of an older pet added to the sympathetic story.
~ Why Not ~
Due to the subject matter of dying and death and how crisis teams handle heart-breaking scenarios, some who have dealt recently with a loved one’s passing may be sensitive to its theme. However, it is written so that it explains the process of grief, hopefully helping a hurting reader to move on his or her life.
~ Who ~
As a former emergency room nurse, Calvert has written several novels about the medical field. Being a wife, mother, and grandmother, she lives in Northern California.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. With mentioning God sporadically, the book does not offer the eternal plan of salvation which would have been thoughtful.
~ Want ~
If you like engaging stories that cover overcoming the loss of a loved one, medical jargon, and Christian overtones, this is a quick romance that will keep you wondering where the main character’s life is headed.
Thanks to Tyndale House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinion.
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