“How long can you keep that kind of trust before you have to accept that you’re banging on the wrong door?” Macy asks Fletcher in Candace Calvert’s novel, By Your Side.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-thirty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romantic fiction regarding trust. With no profanity, topics of sexual abuse, pregnancy, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
First of the Crisis Team series, this tale set in Sacramento involves Registered Nurse Macy Winn, a twenty-seven-year-old woman who grew up as a foster child, learning only to trust herself. When she is involved in a sniper situation on a freeway, she is protected by Fletcher Holt, a new-to-the-area deputy who moved to California to take care of his mother who has cancer.
As Fletcher tries to find the deranged shooter stalking the area, Macy has to face her past of having a father that did not want her yet left her a substantial trust. Wanting to help a fellow foster sister, she wonders if she could be like everyone else and fall in love again.
With several coincidences that involve the sniper and Macy, Fletcher must do all he can to not only protect the woman he is fascinated with but also deal with his mom and a past relationship. A fast pace read with many characters, it is set up for a series surrounding the medical jargon, romance, and learning to trust.
Since my husband is in the medical field, I related to quite a bit in this story. It conveyed the process of two individuals as they learned to rely on God to show them the way as they began to trust themselves, each other, and Him.
~ Why Not ~
Having worked in the medical field, Calvert goes into depth regarding medical terms, drugs, and procedures that some may not enjoy. With many characters, others may get confused at the beginning of the story.
~ 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 ~
Due to the plethora of relationships and this being a series, it would be helpful to have a list of characters at the beginning of the book. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Since I had read the sequel to this book first, I found this one not as enjoyable as some of the storyline is referred to in the second book so I felt like I had read this one already.
~ Want ~
If you like a romantic medical fiction that involves foster care, police, a serial killer, and a hospital setting, this is a good read that begins a series of finding love in the medical field. Be sure to read this one before its sequel so you are not disappointed.
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