Review: Rescue Team by Candace Calvert

Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Despite staff friction, she’s moving ahead. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life. 

For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director. 

As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing persons case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

First, I need to whimper and whine. /whimper/A year between books is Too. Long./whine/

Okay – with that out of my system… 😉

For now…

As I’ve said about more than one author, I adore Candy Calvert. She’s the first author I connected with online when I started my own writing journey – and the first author [outside of my local area] I met in person at my first ACFW conference. If you’re not following her Facebook page – Candace Calvert Books – you should be – just don’t head over when you’re hungry. Because she makes the most delicious food and sometimes she posts pics. But she doesn’t share /pout/. [Okay – she probably would. But we’re not anywhere near her – so she doesn’t ;).]


Grace Medical.

Rescue Team.

Isn’t Wes hunky?

I love Kate. And I love Wes. And I love that he cares so much about the people in his life that he spends time searching for a toddler-sized doll an Alzheimer’s patient thinks is real. I love that his step-mom is, in so many ways, his real mom – and they’ve adopted kids, including ones with special needs. I also love his [eventual] willingness to admit he might have been wrong and judgmental.

He originally describes Kate as a cactus and he wouldn’t be far wrong. Through the time and care of those around her – including Wes and her estranged-but-wants-to-make-amends father – she becomes a bit less prickly. At every turn, it seems, she’s confronted with the one decision that truly haunts her past.

As she does her best to find a missing person, even in a dangerous situation, she’s forced to confront her past and tell Wes about it, though it could cost her everything.

As always, Candy has woven a wonderful tale of love, loss, redemption, grace, forgiveness [of others and ourselves] and of a Savior is powerful enough to save.

I received an ecopy to review but won a hard copy of an ARC from Candy. In it, there was a note. Spoilers for about three pages from the end. As much as I itched to open it early, I didn’t. I’ll admit I was hoping it was something to do with that secret Kate had, but it didn’t. Sigh. Oh well. [By the time you read it, it’ll be in the text so…]

As always, I’m eager for the next installment from Candy – the third in the Grace Medical series, newly retitled Life Support. If only it weren’t so far away. Sigh.

Overall Rating: 9.25 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ecopy in exchange for my honest review.