Life Support (Grace Medical Series #3)

Life Support (Grace Medical Series #3)

by Candace Calvert
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Life Support (Grace Medical Series #3) by Candace Calvert

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?

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ISBN-13: 9781414390741
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2014
Series: Grace Medical Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 182,218
File size: 5 MB

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Life Support 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Life Support, book 3 in the Grace Medical series, will grab and keep your attention. Candace Calvert deals with real life issues including mental illness, physical disabilities, single parenting and spousal abuse. Life Support is written by a former ER nurse so the medical information should be accurate. You will feel like you are part of the hectic world of a Houston Emergency Room! I recommend Life Support to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet suspenseful romance. Hurricane, medical emergencies keep you engaged in the story.
givemethebible More than 1 year ago
I really liked the ending of this story. Of course, I enjoyed the rest of the book as well.
BonniesMom More than 1 year ago
I must say, i am looking forward to reading this series.  This is the first time I have bought an entire series based on excerpts and reviews!  All the characters seem to have depth, caring, honesty and be all around decent people!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIFE SUPPORT is another excellent read by this author. It is realistic, informative with believable characters and plotline. In addition to a biblical basis and agreat love story, Candace Calvert shows she has astrong knowledge of mental illness. As one who has mental illness and as a family member of others who suffer from it, I can tell you she is right on the mark about it. It is refreshing to see this treatment on this sensitive subject
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amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Life Support is a pretty good read. I loved how the author used the story to bring awareness to abuse and mental illnesses. I thought the characters were believable. The scene with Lauren and Shrek the dog was quite comical.  Great book. 5 stars.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Life Support is the third book in the Grace Medical series by Candace Calvert. Trauma Plan is the first book while Rescue Plan is the second. All three books are completely independent of each other as a Christian medical series. Each book is a romance which touches on some serious yet interesting topics that are relevant for today's readers. Lauren Barclay is a nurse in ER at Houston Grace Hospital. This is her home town where her parents and sister lives. Although she has worked at Austin Grace Hospital for a short time, she is back and taking up where she left off--helping her folks look after her younger sister, Jess. Jess was always a little bit unstable emotionally. For the most part, she would be normal, but once in awhile she became restless, impulsive, irresponsible; one time she even ran away. Her family, including Lauren, tip-toed around her, afraid of upsetting her fragile state of mind. Lauren figured that's what family was for. Helping her sister took a lot of her time and attention, but eventually Elijah Landry began to claim some of her time as well. This did not sit well with Jess because at one time she and Eli had a history. Elijah Landry is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) in charge of the Urgent Care unit in the Houston Grace Hospital. When he and his brother Andrew were young, they enjoyed water sports with their dad. But one day Drew suffered a head injury that left him with brain damage and physical problems. Eventually he ended up in care facilities with serious health complications. Eli and his father, Judge Julien Landry, disagreed how Drew should be cared for, especially in emergencies such as the one at the opening of this book. Eli had been friends with Jess once. But after she disappeared and returned a year ago, he had tried to help the family in a professional capacity. Jess and her parents did not appreciate his suggestions that Jess get psychological assistance. Neither did Lauren, but she did not hold it against Eli. She enjoyed his company and the company of his young daughter Emma. The question is whether all these family complications will keep Lauren and Eli from getting closer. First off, I love how Candace Calvert writes her medical dramas. I have read several of them and in each one she creates characters that are likable, interesting, and growing. The action is usually fast-paced and gripping. She chooses topics which offer something for the reader to think about, above and beyond the medical scenes. The family dynamics she writes about are spot on, true to life and credible. Life Support is Calvert's newest book with plots and subplots that draw us close to her characters. One additional thing I enjoy about this author is that sometimes the supporting characters in one book become the main character in another one. This is true for Lauren who was a nurse in one of the other books in this series. This book's subplot, intricately intertwined with the main plot, touches on an intriguing topic in this book: bipolar and its effects on family life. This is a subject close to my heart because I have been living with my own diagnosis of bipolar, and grew up with a mother who was never diagnosed with it, but in my opinion had the condition. The pattern of enabling and denial was a familiar scenario to me, and I recognized it when the author demonstrated it effectively throughout this story. Her descriptions, the problems that cropped up, the crisis which climaxed and the solution presented were all realistic and completely believable. The one thing I drew from this subplot is that anyone living with a mental health problem needs a team of supporters. People like me living with this condition should not have to deal with it alone. The sufferer needs support from family, friends and professionals. I saw this all fleshed out in this book. I am very impressed with the author's acumen and sensitivity when writing on this topic. In spite of the serious nature of the subplot's thread, the writer includes a metaphor that brings out comic relief when it's needed most. Just look for the dogs, especially the shih tzu and her situation with the Barclay family. There is definitely a good dose of irony with the dog drama that runs parallel to the family drama. I can't help but appreciate that level of humor used in this book. I hope you enjoy it too. I am reading and reviewing this book for the Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. summer reading program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Clean, Upbeat Fiction. Some of the characters couldn’t seem to make up their minds, so the action moved slowly. In that sense, it reminded me of a soap opera without the bed hopping. However, the character building was very good, and the reasons for their issues made for intense background. Everyone had a history, some of it alarming; working through these things plus dealing with medical emergencies was absorbing. This story was involving and believable. I enjoyed the ending.
pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
I am not normally a Christian romance reader. But I read this book as part of Tyndale's summer reading program. I was impressed with how well written it was. It still reads like a romance novel in that the story line is very predictable and all things work out in the end for everyone. However, it wasn't too bad for a light summer read. It tries to deal with some issues that are tough including mental illness and alcoholism.
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the Grace Medical series by Candace Calvert.  It is not necessary to read the other 2 preceding books.  This story focuses on Lauren and Eli.  However, there were topics such as family, friendship, relationships, honesty, trust, work ethic, domestic violence, Bipolar disorder, and the ethics of life support.  There was just enough mystery to keep me guessing.  Just enough realistic relationship baggage to keep the romances questionable.  While it was an easy and quick read, Calvert did a good job handling so many topics.  Lauren and Eli both struggled with each other's decisions about family.  Fletcher had unconditional love for Jess, but that didn't mean Jess was excepting it.  Gayle and Leo had so many issues separately and together that I had no idea what was happening with them.  Emma was a bundle of joy, regardless of how she came to be.  So many real life things cannot be wrapped up nice and neat.  I felt Calvert balanced things well. At times I felt it came together too easily so I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars.  
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Nurse Lauren is back in Houston to look after her younger sister Jess.  Being a nurse means unwanted encounters with PA Eli who has caused some troubling situations for Lauren's family.  Eli's older brother Drew and daughter Emma draws them together on different occasions but will their new-found friendship withstand the hurricane heading straight for Houston?  I enjoyed this medical drama book and added several more books by Candace Calvert to my reading list.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Another book in the author's Grace Medical series (these can be stand alone books, but as they include some of the same characters I believe you'll have a richer experience if you read in order). Lauren Barclay is a nurse at Grace Medical in Houston, where she has recently returned to be closer to her family. Her younger sister Jessica has been having a tough time and Lauren is unsure of the true cause. Eli Landry is a PA at Grace who has some family struggles of his own, as he is in a long and difficult power struggle with his Father about his older brother, Drew, who suffered a traumatic brain injury years ago. Although Lauren and Eli have had their differences in the past, as they work together they begin to have a better understanding of their shared past and are able to explore the possibility of a new and different future. This story shows how they navigate some very difficult situations - including illness, misunderstanding, an impending hurricane! - and still find some hope.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
As I’ve come to expect, Candace Calvert has brought readers another wonderful novel. Life Support is a perfect blend of romance, medicine, family drama, and natural disaster! I felt like there was something new coming at me constantly, and while some readers may have been overwhelmed by so much going on, I really enjoyed it. To me, the family aspects were the strongest part of this story. Lauren and her relationship with her sister and Elijah and his relationship with his brother were prominent throughout. It was nice to see this as a focus rather than a side story. Lauren and Elijah were both in very difficult situations and it was interesting to see how they both coped. Fans of medical dramas, romance, and family stories will enjoy Life Support. Be sure to check it out! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House through NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story about nurse Lauren Barclay, who's doing all she can to keep her sister from going off the deep end. She moves back to Houston to ensure that her sister never runs away again, watching that she gets to school, work, and that nothing upsets her too much, especially PA Elijah Landry. Lauren and her parents blame him for causing her sister to run away and she can't understand why she feels drawn to him in spite of that. Elijah was just trying to help her sister and he desperately wants Lauren to understand that, and to see that her sister needs real help. He wants Lauren to be able to have a life, with him. He's also trying to juggle a disabled brother, a father who files a restraining order to keep him away, and parenting his daughter alone. Add in an impending hurricane and who knows what the future holds? I haven't read very many books that take place in the medical field and I found it interesting to see what dealing with that kind of pressure would be like. I liked the multiple viewpoints in this story as we get to see what other characters besides the two main ones are thinking. About halfway through the book it felt like things started being rehashed and that the plot didn't move forward very much. I found it extremely frustrating that Lauren and her parents couldn't see that Jessica needed more help than they could give. I understand the denial that goes along with a serious medical diagnosis, but did they think they could control her forever? There are moments of romance and it seems that Lauren and Elijah had a moment prior to this book, that I felt I might have missed out on since I haven't read the first two books in the series. Jessica's disorder and Elijah's brother's situation with having brain damage made me think about how hard some people have it and what I would do if I had to deal with something like that. I liked the message about the importance of faith, but that we also need to have action If you like a mix of medical drama and romance, you might want to check out this book, but I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series. I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
“Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.” Lauren Barclay is a nurse at a large hospital in Houston. Her mom loves all things weather and preaches those words. They become more meaningful as a hurricane approaches Houston – but it is not the only storm. There is also Storm Jess, Lauren’s younger sister who stuggles with bipolar depression and highs, and Storm Gayle who is battling her own medical issues, and Storm Hannah, the aggressive shih-tzu dog. Lauren’s love Eli, a PA at the hospital also has his own issues with a sick brother and a dysfunctional father. I thought this book was okay – there was a lot of drama all coming together in almost a perfect storm type manner. But there was a lot of medicalese if that is what you like.
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book involving nurses as a hurricane threatens their ability to care for their patients, especially those on life support. The drama is intensified as some drugs are missing and the nurses themselves have family problems that they have to resolve. One male Physician Assistant even has a paralyzed brother he is trying to protect, parents who don’t understand as well as a young daughter whose mother has left them.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Life Support by Candace Calvert is book three in the Grace Medical series, however, I have not read the others in the series and had no trouble at all understanding the story. In fact, I loved this book! It is, as far as I can recall, the first medical drama that I have read. I am so very happy to have discovered a new-to-me author and look forward to reading more of her books! Life Support has everything I want in a book. The characters are so very vivid. The author has done a wonderful job of creating main and side characters that I care about. They are complex and the issues they must work through are pretty intense. There was a character that frustrated me, because of some issues she has, but I realized that I was frustrated with her because she was so real to me! There is a great romance in this book, conflict, drama, tense medical situations, big decisions to be made regarding the care of family members, all with the threat of a possible hurricane heading toward the area! Life Support kept me interested from start to finish and it was very hard to set down! I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Excellent medical drama! Life Support is book 3 in the Grace Medical series, I’ve loved all of Ms. Calvert’s books and had very high expectations for this book. I am very happy to say that it surpassed them! The characters were wonderful! I quickly came to love and sympathize with each of them. Lauren had such faith, but she had to learn that there’s a difference between leaving it in God’s hands and ignoring a problem. Eli had such little faith and believes God doesn’t care anymore. He had to learn what real faith is and that even when God seems silent, it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care. Sometimes we’re just not listening to hear His answer. Eli’s daughter Emma may have been my favorite character! She was so sweet and completely adorable, and had such a strong faith. She was a good balance for her father’s unbelief. Ms. Calvert is a wonderful storyteller! I love how she brought everything to life; it seemed as though you were actually there peering over someone’s shoulder. The medical scenes were technical without leaving us laymen confused. It was quite easy to follow and it wasn’t gory like some medical dramas are known to be. The descriptions were great and I could practically see Grace Medical, Lauren’s home, Mimaw’s and all of the other locations the characters find themselves. This book deals with two hard topics: drug addiction and mental health problems. I appreciate that Ms. Calvert didn’t try to gloss it over or wipe it away with platitudes. She made it real without glorifying it. That is a thin line to try to write and I believe she did an excellent job! I enjoyed getting to see the story from several different points of view. It gave the story more depth and I just liked knowing what the others characters are thinking about each development. I was surprised to read it from Drew’s position, but looking back over it, I believe the story would have lost a lot, if she hadn’t included him. My only disappointment was how the book ended. While some of the threads were tied up nice and neat, we are left with a few to imagine on our own. I know this was intentional, but I would have liked to know what was going to happen with a couple of the characters. I really hope they are included in another book so we know where they went from there. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medical drama with a good dose of God interwoven throughout the story. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the author for my honest opinion, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have received no compensation for it. All opinions expressed are my own.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
As Candace Calvert takes us into the third story in her Grace Medical Series, she inflicts us with characters that are both flawed, fractured, and whole; who are loved and hated; and who are in need of healing and yet who are the healers. Drawing from her personal  experiences and expertise as an emergency room nurse, Calvert skillfully draws an entry to the story with its opening drama in the ER as PA Eli looks in the face and on the trauma of his brother being treated. As the story progresses, the conflict between families over life and death decisions and treatments that are humane and kind brings the reader to face issues within themselves that address the matters involved in having a living will. What is best? Who is it best for? When do you do what? What is quality of life? But back to the story unfolding in Life Support…. Nurse Lauren Barclay has family issues, too. Her younger sister, Jessica, is unstable mentally and emotionally and Lauren has been the responsible family member standing by Jessica. Yet Jessica is working desperately to get her life together and get control of it in order to be independent and successful at living. As usual, Candace Calvert has written a story that is believable, exciting, and complete with emotional and physical tension. There is sweet romance and medical expertise. The subjects dealt with in this work of fiction are somewhat heavy but are brought to realistic conclusion. Grace is woven through the pages without being too heavy on religion. This is a work of Christian fiction and the author brings the heart of the story right to our own hearts. DISCLAIMER: I was provided a complimentary copy by the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
After reading the first two books in the Grace Medical trilogy, finally reading this one felt like hanging out with an old friend!  These books can be read as separate novels, since each book branches out with a minor character from the book before. However, I would suggest starting at the beginning, with Trauma Plan. In Life Support, Candace Calvert weaves several side stories and issues - mental health, handling family issues, single parenting, spousal abuse, and even hurricane safety - around the main story of Eli and Lauren. We fall in love with Eli’s daughter, Emma and his brain-damaged brother, Drew. We want Lauren’s sister, Jessica, to be open to help. We open a book full of drama, both medical and personal!  The ending seemed a bit too neatly wrapped up. However, then I considered what all they had been through....situations like those can help people realize what is important, be less selfish, and be more willing to step up. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Prayer Box from Tyndale House Publishers. It was not required that I give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
As far as medical romantic suspense, Candace writes it, and writes it well. Being a retired ER nurse, she more than knows her stuff. It helped keep a quick pace to this book, because something is always happening. For me, however, I think that is where the book lost a little. At times it felt there were too many story lines going on, and that detracted from Lauren and Eli's story. Could this be because Candace wrote their story so well I only wanted to see more of them? Quite possibly:) And while I liked the secondary characters, and their stories dealt with some very important topics, I didn't want to see all of their points of view. I would have preferred to deepen Eli and Lauren's time together on page and perhaps lessen one of the subplots that takes place. That said, the book still more than held my attention. Putting everyone into the eye of a storm mimicked not only what was happening in so many of the characters' lives, but also kept the suspense angle moving. I truly loved how the theme of storms in our lives and trusting God to handle them was woven throughout the entire story. All in all, Candace is an author I thoroughly enjoy reading and highly recommend to my friends. I will definitely be going back and reading the second book in this series--it's the only one of hers I've missed.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was a page turner.  Lots of drama, with two characters who were bi-polar, I was never sure what was going to happen next.  I felt sad for Lauren, she had so much responsibility on her shoulders, trying to be on guard for her sister, and trying to keep her parents informed.  Her heart was prime for love, but could it survive love from someone with as many problems as she had or more.  A great story, I think this was the first book I have read from this author.  A solid 4 star story.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Candace Calvert in her new book, “Life Support” Book Three in the Grace Medical series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the lives of Lauren Barclay and Elijah Landry. From the Back Cover:  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? It is time to “scrub in” to the exciting world of emergency medicine.  And exciting really does not do “Life Support” justice.  It starts in the emergency room as Lauren and the team desperately try to keep one of their own alive.  From there Ms. Calvert just notches up the excitement factor.  Add into the mix an upcoming hurricane and you are in for some page turning excitement.  ”Life Support” is a thriller with all kinds of danger that is a lot like a roller coaster with dips and turns and drops that you really don’t see coming.  However, it is also a romance that builds as Lauren and Eli have to learn to trust each other.  Candace Calvert knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe.  I am sorry that this series is ending however I look forward to the next series from Ms. Calvert. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
So I could just feel that this was going to be my favorite in the series. Not sure why, but I just knew. And I was right. I also like how the author takes a secondary character in the previous book and makes them the main character in the next book, because Lauren was one of my favorite secondary characters and I'm glad we got her story as well. I loved the characters. They definitely seemed real and believable. I think I liked Lauren more because I felt like I could relate to her. She spends so much time worrying about her sister and living up to her parents expectations that she's not really living life. Eli is a single father, fighting against his parents to protect his disabled brother. He is stubborn and yeah, maybe he does rub people the wrong way, but he has a good heart and only cares about taking care of his brother and daughter. And the secondary cast--Fletcher, Jessica, Gayla, Emma, Drew, the parents, everyone else--never seem secondary. They are as real and lovable as any main character. I also love the different story lines that weave through the story. Calvert makes each story so complex, not in a way that would confuse the reader, but in a way that engages the reader's attention. Although the story is in third person, it shifts between focuses, and I love that we get to see a least some part from everyone's side (except, I realize as I type this, Jessica, which I think is significant). I especially love how she added a few scenes, albeit short, from Drew's perspective, bringing a voice to the mentally disabled. This isn't just a medical chicklit type of book, or just a romantic fling. It is a deep, emotional book about faith and hope. Yet, it isn't all deep and serious. It is light, fun, and a very enjoyable read. I definitely loved this book (and since I've started working at a hospital since I read the last one, I understand all the things! Yay!). I would definitely recommend this book for someone looking for a fun, enjoyable read but with a more serious undertone. And can her next series be a police one and start with Fletcher? Yes? Please? How do I make this happen? Who do I talk to about this? (I received an ARC from the publishers in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.)