Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Life Support by Candace Calvert

Life Support (Grace Medical)

About the Book:
Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family—and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?

My Comments:
This was an enjoyable romance that touched on some serious issues--life issues regarding the disabled and mental health issues--without becoming bogged down with those issues.  While the level of engagement with those serious issues kept this book focused on the romance (and with a cover like that, there is little doubt that the romance is what is being sold) the fact that those issues were there brings a depth to the book that is often missing in romance novels.

The book is set in Houston during hurricane season.  Some of the characters are transplants from Louisiana and I'm afraid Calvert misses on at least one occasion with them.  They are eating muffulettas, which are described as a Cajun sandwich.  Nope, they are Italian.  They are served on a round loaf of Italian bread and are made from cold cuts, cheese and olive salad.  I can't stand them, but my husband made olive salad for years and also worked at a shop that was famous for them. Cajun they are not.  Also, I found her descriptions of hurricane damage to be more serious than would be expected from the category storm she had hit.  

Nevertheless, I liked the characters and enjoyed watching them grow to love each other.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available through the Tyndale Blog Network.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  Grade:  B.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love Candace Culvert! I have read a few of her books.
    Good review.


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