Maybe It's You

Maybe It's You

by Candace Calvert

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Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past—new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414390369
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Series: Crisis Team Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,198,228
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Maybe It's You


By Candace Calvert, Sarah Mason Rische

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 2017 Candace Calvert
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-9036-9


CHAPTER 1

"Your relation to the inmate?"

Sloane Ferrell's stomach tensed. "He's my stepfather," she confirmed, lips brushing her cell phone in a whisper. "It was ... manslaughter."

She glanced past a grouping of palm trees toward the peach stucco entrance to Los Angeles Hope hospital's emergency department. Would she ever stop peering over her shoulder — watching her back? This past year it had felt as necessary as breathing and was the biggest part of why she'd left San Diego. New zip code, new living space, new job ... a paper trail painstakingly shredded. She'd done all that, and thankfully, the last few months had been uneventful. Right now Sloane was simply concerned that a fellow ER nurse would join her at any moment. She'd said something about taking their break together. This return call from California State Prison couldn't have come at a more awkward —

"We don't have you listed," the office assistant announced. Her tone was as friendly as the slam of a cell door. "It had to be arranged in advance and approved."

"I did that — and I was," Sloane insisted over the distant whine-hum of saws; preliminary work had begun on the new hospital wing. "I was promised a chance to speak at the parole hearing. My name has to be on the list. Could you check again?"

"Hang on."

Sloane closed her eyes and let the late September sun warm her face, a light breeze sifting strands of her dark hair. She pretended the construction sounds were ocean waves, imagining salt-laden moisture on her skin and the keening calls of gulls. She missed San Diego, even if it had started out as a place to escape to — and ended up as one more place to run from. Her fingertips found the still-pink scar around her left eye, from the accident that could have killed her. The short time in San Diego had changed her life, but how that would play out remained to be seen. Nothing was guaranteed. Especially not for someone like Sloane. Life had taught her that in strokes as bold as freeway graffiti. But right now all that mattered was — "Nope," the woman reported. "I've checked twice. Nobody by the name of Ferrell on the list."

Sloane blinked. "It's ... Wilder."

"You said Ferrell."

I did? Sloane bit back a groan. "It's Ferrell now. When I filled out the paperwork, it was Wilder." New zip code, new name. "I'm sorry; I forgot. But I'm sure you'll find me under that name. Wilder. W-i-l-d —"

"Sloane!"

She turned, saw her friend waving.

Harper Tatum strode forward, long hair tossed by the breeze and stethoscope swinging against her watermelon-red scrub top. A Los Angeles native — an "Angeleno" — she was honey blonde, long limbed, and as effervescent as a shaken can of soda. Nothing at all like Sloane. This nurse's smile appeared in a TV commercial for whitening toothpaste, and she'd recently been signed as a foot model for a local day spa's magazine ad. "Grasping fame, tooth and nail" Harper liked to joke. She was a sharp, skilled nurse every hour of every shift, and a model and aspiring actress every off-duty moment — until her student loans were paid in full.

Sloane returned Harper's wave and then hurried to wrap things up with the woman on the phone. "Got to go. It's Wilder, Sloane Wilder. Find me."

Find me? She almost choked on the irony.

"Hey," she said as Harper took a seat across from her at the visitors' table.

"Hey yourself, pal."

Sloane smiled. It was hard not to like this nurse — one of the few things she didn't have to overthink or completely fabricate. Not even six months ago, she'd have shot the gregarious coworker a back-off look. "They let you out."

"Finally." Harper pointed at Sloane's phone on the red-tile table. "I interrupted you. Anybody date-worthy?"

"No such luck." Sloane feigned a casual shrug, reminding herself that real friends were too much of a risk. She couldn't imagine telling Harper she'd changed her name to avoid the dangerous consequences of her last serious relationship. Or that the only "date" she cared about was a parole board hearing at the state prison.

"Nothing like the soul-soothing ambience of power tools," Harper pronounced over the staccato whap-thwack of a pneumatic nail gun. "Though I do like the contrast: men in hard hats, steel-toed boots, and layers of sawdust making it happen, while —" she nodded toward the ER doors behind them — "our man in a sports jacket and khakis hustles to get it all funded."

Sloane saw what Harper did: Micah Prescott, the assistant director of the hospital's marketing and public relations department. He was early thirties, probably, with a lean build, sandy hair, sunglasses, and an undoubtedly practiced smile. An ad man with a well-appointed office a safe distance from stat pages and messy trauma, who preferred cash procurement over lifesaving. It was the kind of career that required finesse, charm, and an aptitude for creative spin. Unfortunately, Sloane knew the type far too well. Micah Prescott was the kind of person she tried to avoid at all costs.

Harper watched as the marketing man was joined by two young men with cameras slung over their shoulders. "It's still five months until the official launch of the Face of Hope campaign, but Micah's already stirring things up and getting interest from the media. Of course, he's no rookie when it comes to publicity. With his connections and all."

Apparently the extended Prescott family was involved in the music industry — Christian recording artists and performers. Enormously popular, Harper had said more than once. Not surprisingly, Sloane had never heard of them. She only knew that she didn't like the intrusive scrutiny this marketing campaign brought with i t — a "star search" for an employee who best personified the spirit of the hospital's mission. The campaign kickoff had coincided with the groundbreaking for the new wing, an event headlined by a megastar film couple, an impressive sampling from the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers, and a former First Lady of California. The event immediately spawned rallies with staff, endless surveys, and photo shoots. There were days it felt more like a casting call than a workplace. Sloane avoided all of it as best she could. This past year had taught her that a low profile meant safety.

"Imagine it: your face on a billboard," Harper said, sweeping her hand in an arc as if the palm trees had been magically replaced by those old spotlights at movie premieres. "The Face of Hope. Looking down on the freeway. The 405 or the 101 — both maybe. Thousands and thousands of people seeing it every day, for hours at a time, LA traffic being what it is. And smog willing." Her brow puckered. "You don't look too thrilled by the idea."

"I'll pass," Sloane told her, feeling a prickle of panic. Ridiculous — it would never happen. Besides, she'd changed her name, and there had been no threatening calls in months. If she got caught in the background of some publicity photo, no one would notice. "Anyway, I'm still on probation as a new hire. You're a far more likely candidate. You're comfortable in front of a camera and —"

"And you are drop-dead gorgeous, my friend." Harper wrinkled her nose. "I probably shouldn't say 'drop dead,' considering our line of work. But I'm not kidding. The last woman to claim eyes like that was Liz Taylor. And even if you do your best to hide your light under a bushel, it's there. Not just looks. The real deal." Harper's expression turned best-friend kind. "I see how you are with the patients. Especially our lost souls, people with nobody and nothing — and bad choices up to their eyeballs. Most of us draw straws to avoid dealing with them. But it's like you champion those people, Sloane. And you're not afraid to butt heads with management or stretch some policies to do that."

"Butt heads?" Sloane grimaced. "Did I mention probation?"

Harper laughed. "I don't think there's going to be a problem. I'm on the performance review committee."

Sloane hoped her smile wasn't as weak as it felt. This nurse was intent on making her into a Mother Teresa, when nothing could be further from the truth. What was altruistic about simply recognizing her own kind? Poor choices? How many had she made in her thirty-two years — how many more would tempt her? Someone like Harper would never understand. And right now Sloane's priority was simple: be there, Wilder or Ferrell, to make herself heard at Bob Bullard's parole hearing. Nothing felt more important. That and the very real need to travel under the radar. Close relationships, friendships or otherwise, fit nowhere in that plan.

"We should get together away from the hospital sometime," Harper suggested, glancing toward the parking lot as a car with a noisy muffler screeched to the curb. "A movie, maybe. Or out to eat. I've heard good things about The Misfit in Santa Monica. They start happy hour at like noon. Five-dollar lunch specials, and it's all done sort of vintage French literary decor, with card catalogs, shelves of old books, and those tall tin ceilings." Her toothpaste smile gleamed. "You even get a free chocolate chip-sea salt cookie along with the bill for your cocktails and —"

"I don't drink," Sloane said in a rush, hating that it sounded rude.

"I don't either, really. I just thought ..."

"My evenings are pretty booked. Because ..." Sloane hesitated. Lying used to be much easier. "I'm taking some classes."

"No problem — good for you." Harper looked toward what sounded like a disturbance at the curb. That same car. "What's going on over there?"

"I can't tell for sure." Sloane stared, thinking it must be an argument — a man's voice rose above the background construction noises. A young woman wearing a black cap over pink hair opened the car's passenger door and attempted to slide out. Sloane stood, getting a bad feeling about the situation.

"Do they need help?" Harper asked, craning her neck to see. "It looks like that man is —"

"No!" the young woman shrieked, struggling to stand as the driver leaned across the passenger seat and gave her arm a savage yank. She dropped to one knee on the cement curb and pulled back, beginning to sob. The man grabbed a handful of her T-shirt, jerking her backward. She screamed again. "Stop! Let me go!"

Harper gasped, rising to her feet.

The car rolled forward, half-dragging the girl. "Help!"

"Call 911!" Sloane ordered, then bolted for the parking lot.


(Continues...)

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Maybe It's You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
June0 More than 1 year ago
When an author can make a character so mean and hateful in one book and have you cheering her on in the next, that's true talent. I was skeptical about liking Sloane after reading the first books in this series. She was not a character I was looking forward to liking. But by the end of the book there's just no way not to love her. I felt her pain all through the book. Her mistakes seemed so insurmountable. Micah's character was also an interesting one, with his great desire to see Sloane as the Face of Hope, his romantic dates and his struggles with getting through things. The book also had some very heart wrenching subjects, between the alcoholism and the sex trafficking, the mobster/gang stuff, the ER episodes. This was definitely not light reading, but was still a very enjoyable story. Candace Calvert is a very talented author. I have enjoyed several of her series and hope to read more. When you want a story full of emotion, give one of her books a try.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's you is mysterious, faith - full, full of immensely diversive feelings, heartbreaking, and redemptive. Mysterious because of her keeping herself a secret in a way - keeping to herself pretty much with those she works with - when Micah asks Sloane to become the face of the Hospital she refuses (for her own reasons - she doesn't trust him - or anyone), faith-ful because GOD is all over the place touching her life, working on her day by day - will she trust HIM? full of immensely diversive feelings because you go on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with Sloane because of her past and her present and you find yourself going through them with her - the author did a magnificent job of making you do that. Redemption - well there really is no need to explain what redemption is - I wont ruin what and why redemption is needed here...you have to get the book and it is so worth it y'all. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert is the third book in the “Crisis Team” series published by Tyndale House, and it is the first book that I’ve read in this series. It worked well as a stand alone; I didn’t even realize that it was part of a series until I began writing this review. This is not my usual genre, with murder and suspense and medical drama, and it’s over 440 pages…but I found myself gripped to the story just the same (although I wouldn’t recommend reading while eating your lunch like I did, because there are several scenes that can make you lose your appetite). Sloane Ferrel is on the run from many mistakes that are trying to catch up with her, both mistakes she’s made and mistakes from others in her past. She comes to work in the L.A. ER as a nurse with a new identity, where she just wants to blend in and escape her past. But that sounds easier than it is when Micah Prescott’s campaign to remake the face of the L.A. hospital involves putting the face of one employee on billboards around town. Micah Prescott just wants to remake the reputations of both himself and L.A. Hope hospital, but is intrigued by the new nurse and curious as to why she is so private. Things escalate though when a mysterious young girl becomes a victim and then disappears out of the ER. WOW, what a book! There was never a dull moment; it had so many twists and turns that every time I’d thought I’d figured something out, it would turn out to be a lie! The characters sucked me right in; I was cheering for them the whole way through. I would recommend this for lovers of suspense and medical drama, but be aware that there are some intense scenes. Thank you to Tyndale House publishers blogger review program for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Sloan was asked her relationship with the inmate and it was her stepfather. Sloan had survived the accident that could have killed her. Harper was Sloan’s friend at work - they were both E R nurses. Sloan had changed her name to avoid the dangerous consequences of her last serious relationship. The past taught Sloan low profile meant safety. Sloan’s biggest goal was to speak at Bob- her stepfather’s parole hearing. Close friendships or relationships didn’t fit in Sloan’s plan. The Sloan saw a woman trying to get out of a car and the man wouldn’t let her out the girl fell to the pavement and screamed for help. Sloan went running and the car took off. Sloan got the girl to come into the hospital but only because Sloan had promised the girl food. The girl’s name was Zoey and she thanked Sloan. Miicah saw a request for community Crisis Responders to assist after a violent crime. Two rival gang members and one was already dead. The Responders were trained volunteers who put themselves out there to provide support to any family members and the victims. Micah knew how valuable this service the crisis volunteers provided because for a minimum of twenty hours a month Micah was one of those volunteers. After he worked at the hospital or his days off. After Afghanistan it was very important to find something that satisfied his soul. Maybe it was his own lifeline of hope. Micah knew his day job paid the bills and he better get to it. Now to approach that frosty nurse Sloan. Micah told Sloan not many people would have jumped out to help the girl. No one would understand Sloan’s need to protect and defend people who had been kicked around and victimized. But she did have to help because anything else would be a denial of where she had been and who she was. Sloan changed her name because she didn’t want her ex fiance Paul Stryker to track her down or worse his former associate mobsters to find her. Paul had a large gambling debt to those mobsters and they had also went after Sloan and ran her car off the road. Sloan’s mother had become an alcoholic and sleeping pill addict and made a lot of unwise decisions. Then her stepfather had let her mother drowned and was to blame and Sloan would do all she could to make sure he didn’t get out of prison. Sloan had gotten a letter from Bob from prison that said how much he had changed and wanted to see Sloan. Sloan had seen Zoey again took her eat and then to her cottage so Zoey could shower and wash her clothes. In the morning Sloan would get her a bus ticket . when Sloan got up Zoey was already gone haven stolen some jewelry and one thousand dollars off Sloan which some was her rent due in three days and the bus ticket money. Sloan now had to pick up extra shifts to make up the stolen money. Micah had been on the Crisis Alert Responders for six years now. Sloan saw Micah in Crisis Alert Responders jacket and realized she had been wrong about what she had said to him. Men and alcohol - Sloan couldn’t trust herself with either. But Sloan did have her six months sober chip now. When Sloan was on her way to her cottage Jerry spoke to her he also worked at the hospital he was doing some extra work for her landlady. Sloan felt she was getting too comfortable and making mistakes that would cost her. Then her phone rang and it was Paul her ex he wanted to see her. Paul knew she had changed her name and he swore he paid off the mobsters Sloan hung up her phone. Sloan knew it was too late to hit her AA meeting so she
BethErin More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite aspects of Christian fiction is the element of redemption. I especially cherish examples of frustrating, train-wreck prone people who experience that soul-deep transformation. Sloane has been a prickly, sometimes offensive character in the wings since the beginning of the series and I was thrilled to get my hands on her story. The backdrop of unmerciful crimes combined with the compassion of hospital staff and crisis responders and a tentative budding romance creates a rich and flowing storyline that proves hope can indeed blossom in any situation. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through the Tyndale Blogger Network and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Maybe it’s You is a story that is about second chances. This story deals with some pretty tough issues like abuse, alcoholism, and trafficking and shows different types of bondage people are in whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual. I do have to say that Sloane Ferrell is one tough cookie. She has been through a lot in her life and has the scars, inward and outward to prove it. To play it safe and to keep safe, she has decided to do her best not to become attached to anyone and to close her heart off to the world. But Sloane has much too big of a heart to pull that off even if she doesn’t see it. Enter Micah Prescott who notices Sloane in a big way with how she treats everyone. She reaches out even to the ones that no one else wants to care for, the dregs of humanity. Why? What makes her different? However, when unwanted attention brings Sloane and Micah together, sparks fly in both bad and good ways. Micah is trying to boost the hospital image in the community and Sloane is trying to stay under the radar from her past. Neither one is prepared for what unprecedented danger is already in their town and coming. This book takes a closer look at what a Christian life should look like and the topic of do we love and forgive others like Christ does. This book is in no way preachy but interweaves a message of hope, forgiveness, and worthiness in its pages, even forgiveness for our own mistakes and regrets. I have only read this book and the first book of the Crisis Team series but I have enjoyed them both very much. I like a medical drama that doesn’t shy away from the hospital procedures or ignore the very real problems going on in this world. And neither the intrigue, danger, nor the romance overwhelms the story but all work together to compliment and flesh out a truly wonderful series. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This is the third installment in the Crisis Team series from Candace Calvert. With that being said I feel that this is a stand alone story even though it's part of a series. I do recommend to read the two previous books so you can get the full impact of this series. Candace Calvert is a retired ER nurse and brings a wealth of medical knowledge which only adds to the overall experience when reading one of her books. This is the story of Sloane Ferrell who we have met in her previous books and she was not a nice character at all. She is a beautiful, young woman who had a tragic childhood, but instead of overcoming it she let it define her as a person. Mistakes on top of mistakes, but you can't change your past no matter how hard you try. It takes faith, hope and a lot of grace just to live with some of the choices you make. At the story opens we find Sloane as a relatively new hire at Los Angeles Hope with only being there for about 3 months. She likes to keep to herself and is trying to heal, both physically and emotionally. This has not been a good year for her, but she has made positive changes in her life. Micha Prescott is a wonderful character who is kind and caring. He works at Los Angeles Hope in the PR department and also volunteers as a crisis responder for the area. Micha has a tragedy in his past that he hasn't really dealt with. This has shaped him into the person he is. Fireworks ignite when he first meets Sloane and he tries to understand her opinions, but deep inside feels that he can change them. This is a heart wrenching story that touches on some tough issues (alcoholism, sex trafficking, etc.) but they are resolved realistically. I didn't immediately like Sloan, but I respected her for trying to change her life. As the story progressed her character just jumped to life for me and I could feel her turmoil, fear and joy. She literally broke my heart a little. In no time at all I was cheering for her to succeed in turning her life around. This story also has elements of suspense, romantic tension, faith, forgiveness and grace. I guess what I liked best about this story was how it showed that we are none so lost that we can't be saved by God's grace. This is a book I would definitely recommend, but I worn you to be prepared to read it in one setting. **I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Maybe It's You is the third book in the Crisis Team Series. I have read the first two, but don't feel it's necessary in order to enjoy this one. When I met Sloane in a previous book I was dying to learn more about her. She has been through some heavy stuff, and this story like real life, isn't all roses and sunshine. I liked how Calvert wasn't afraid to go where most authors wouldn't. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't say anything about where that is. That being said I found it interesting to learn more and have my eyes opened to more of what is going on in our country. I found the book hard to put down, and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This book follows Sloane and Micah as they work through some of their past while looking towards the future. Sloane is a very private person. She has learned how to stay off the map, and wants to keep it that way. Her past was a far from easy one, and she doesn't want any of that to infringe on her new life. She has been at Hope hospital for a while now, and loves helping the people there. That is, as long as they don't get too close. For some reason Micah walks right past her barriers, and gives her hope that maybe life will get better. When numerous tragedies strike, their bond is tested. Will the past overshadow the future they could have? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance with some suspense mixed in. It was fun being based in an ER some of the time. I am in no way a doctor, and found that I understood what was going on, even if I didn't know all of the terms. I loved getting to know Sloane better, and see through to her less tough side. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time reading the start of the book but once I got into it and learned the characters I found I couldn't put it down. The story has multiple layers. The only thing that was remotely predictable about it was the development of the relationship between Sloane and Micah. The plot was a lot deeper than I expected at the beginning of the book. I enjoyed pulling back all the layers and seeing the story progress deeper and deeper. Definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. Easy read with Lots of detail. Could be a movie.
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
Sloane is always running and looking over her shoulder. She thinks this new town and this new name - she's finally safe. She's even a new person now that she's quit drinking. After helping a homeless girl, she butts heads with the hospital's spin doctor, Micah. But the quickly find themselves falling for each other. But with a string of fires that look suspiciously like Russian mob crimes, and what turns into a human trafficking ring, also tied to the Russian mob, her real identity is revealed. She's also trying to keep her step-father from gaining parole. He has found God in prison and wants to make things up to her. Micah is against drunk driving ever since his cousin who was as close as a brother was killed by a drunk driver. In Sloane's outing - he finds she used to be a drunk. Can God and love find their way to heal these two and mend their relationship?
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
What can I say ,but Ms Calvert continues to amaze me with not only her writing, but her sensitivity , insightfulness, and talent as a storyteller. Each book in her Crisis Team series is wonderful and full of drama, intrigue, romance and believable characters. Know that it’s a Christian novel, but no matter what your beliefs are, the moral, ethical and spiritual teachings are universal to all. In this story , our main characters are Sloane Ferrell, an ER nurse hiding in plain sight, and the hospital’s marketing man, Micah Prescott, who wants to put a special employee on a billboard. He is also a volunteer crisis responder at Hope hospital. Details of Sloane’s past start being exposed, and in the meantime , Micah starts falling for her. Characters from previous stories make their appearance as well. This story will touch your heart. Not only will you enjoy the romance, suspense, and intrigue, it will also remind you that with hope, love, faith, and support , the challenges that life brings us, can be overcome. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Nurse Sloane Ferrell has worked at three different Hope hospitals but it seems true hope eludes her. She has a dark past with secrets she does not want anyone else to know about. Micah Prescott is the marketing man for Los Angeles Hope Hospital and is developing a new campaign to try to put a new Face of Hope on the hospital that has gone through some difficult times. His own background is not exactly pure as the new driven snow. Although Sloane catches his eye as the embodiment of what the hospital needs in their personnel and someone who would be the ideal Face of Hope, he cannot get her to even talk about it. She bluntly tells him that her life is private and she plans to keep it that way. Just as in real life, events transpire to turn her world upside down. The classic struggle of good versus evil runs through the book as Sloane and Micah among others are striving to leave the past behind and do the right things, but others are striving equally hard to pull everyone else down into the sewer with them. The book is categorized as romance but the suspense was equally as tangible, if not more so. My mind was constantly analyzing each new character in the story, wondering if he was who he said he was or if she was who she seemed to be. I always find it interesting when an author is able to plant a thought that initially trips me up but later reveals things were not what they seemed to be. Candace Calvert handles this very well, making for a more enjoyable read. I enjoy books that make me think, whether fiction or non-fiction. This one gave me a good mental workout. I recommend that you take the plunge and check this book out to learn if Sloane is able to find that elusive hope she so desperately needed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Maybe It's You is the third book in Candace Calvert's 'Crisis Team' series. It's the best, in my opinion. Calvert is a retired trauma nurse, so she knows her stuff. I love medical drama and I love Christian fiction and I love suspense. Calvert manages to combine all three to the absolute best advantage. She crafts believable characters, has plot lines that keep readers on the edge of their chairs and the food she describes makes me want to pull up a chair alongside the characters as they partake of the delicious meals during the book. Seriously. Sloane Ferrell is trying her best to hide from her past; she's changed her name, job and location. It's been six months without a blip and she's beginning to relax just a bit. Then one encounter in the hospital ER parking lot changes everything. Micah Prescott is the hospital's marketing man and he's out to find the 'Face of Hope', the one employee who exemplifies what the hospital stands for, hope for all who enter the doors. He thinks it just might be Sloane Ferrell, but she doesn't want anything to do with it. Nothing whatsoever, and she tells him so in no uncertain terms. Sloane's past is painful, even from young childhood and she trusts no one. She wants to trust Micah, but she's so very wary. Then pieces from her past begin to slip in and terrifies her. She is already dealing with so much pain and anxiety. How can she handle even one more tiny thing, much less something of this magnitude? Calvert has created a wonderful book here, folks. Enough suspense is here to satisfy any suspense fan. I know it surely did me. A lot is going on here, too. Heartbreaking things. I was in tears several times during the reading. In the midst of all this tension and suspense, Calvert has inserted the most powerful theme of God's grace, forgiveness, and redemption. Very powerful. She doesn't hold back one bit with her spiritual message and that's something that I admire in the author of a Christian fiction book. I have been ministered to many times reading CF books and this book is one reason why. During one particular scene in the hospital when Sloane is dealing with a homeless man had me weeping. Amazing. God cares about all His creation, no matter what they've done or how they feel about themselves. He is standing by, right by your side, waiting to welcome this person with open arms. Don't miss this one. It's powerful. *I received a preview copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Maybe It’s You is book three in the Crisis Team series. It can be read as a stand alone novel if you haven’t read the earlier books. The only thing I feel that you will really lose in doing this, is understanding exactly how much Sloane has changed since the previous stories. It is a very drastic change. However, the author does a good job of catching the reader up if they don’t know the things that have happened in the past few years in Sloane’s life. Sloane was definitely a character that I did not like in the previous books. It was eye opening to see what had occurred in her life to mold her into the person she was. It made her determination to change so much more meaningful and helped met to understand her better. Micah was a great character. He was kind and honorable, yet struggled with an anger that he really never worked through from a past event. This anger and judgment did cause some problems in the story and it was quite a turning point for him when he realized that he needed to get over the things that were holding him down. I really enjoyed the development of Micah and Sloane’s relationship. It felt very realistic and natural. The author did a very good job of creating troubling situations not only for the main characters, but also for a group of side characters. She kept me guessing about the way everything would work out and surprised me toward the end of the story with one reveal in particular! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this book. I am happy that her story was written and that the reader got to read her side. I love that her story was about redemption. It is amazing for our lives are transformed under God's love. These characters revealed our hope for the present and the future and the forgiveness of our past. This author really speaks to the human heart. I cannot wait for her other books. I have a deep appreciation for our medical professionals. I received this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars... Maybe It's You Crisis Team #3 By Candace Calvert Nurse Sloane Ferrell thought she'd finally left her past behind just as she'd left her last name Wilder behind when she left San Diego from LA. The only problem with leaving the past behind the memories stay with you - and Sloane has some really bad ones. Sloane is determined to be a new person - she's avoiding alcohol, after work socializing, and anything to draw attention to herself. But when she sees a young woman in trouble she's determined to help her, bringing her to the attention of LA Hope's assistant director of PR Micah Prescott. Convinced that Sloane is the possible face of compassion that the hospital needs to portray Micah makes an effort to get to know the private and passionate person who puts patient well-being above everything -- even her own comfort. But when the past comes knocking Sloane finds herself at a crossroads does she give up all she has gained in LA and run once more or does she stay where she is and fight to keep her new life? But she carefully concealed secret is about to become known and it could cost her everything - including her chance at real love. This is the third book in the Crisis Team series, the second in which Sloane is in. The difference in Sloane from Step by Step to Maybe It's You is interesting to observe. This is a story of second chances and forgiveness. Sloane's crisis brings to light how one's forgiveness is based on one's own prejudices - and true forgiveness can't be enjoyed until we have extended it to another. This is a series that should be read in order, especially the last two books. The books are each set in a different location but there is a character that carries over from one book to the other and that is Sloane along with her cat Marty in these two books. And a special added bonus was Gibbs and McGee two adorable doxies - Gotta love the doxies! My 13 agree it was the highlight of the book. Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are my own.
EBurkhead More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book. I read the description and excited to grab a good fiction book, had a lot of hope for it. The story mainly goes back and forth from the perspective of ER nurse Sloane Ferrell and hospital marketing guy Micah Prescott. She's changed her name and is in hiding, and he is trying to revamp the hospital's image by searching for the perfect hospital employee to star in his marketing campaign. I liked that there was a suspense aspect to this book. I'm a big fan of suspense fiction. To be honest, I gave up on this book halfway through it. It was getting too hard for me to find any kind of believable (I know, I know, it's fiction), but to have all of the following narratives going on in the first 150 pages of the book was a bit too much for me. The book had: a woman changing her name to escape from some guys her ex owed money to from gambling, a guy who lost his brother in a car accident, sex trafficking, a father in prison for murdering her mother, flashbacks to child abuse and that was just in the first 150 pages. I understand troubled and complex characters, and have liked other novels by Candace Calvert, but this one felt like it was trying to fit too many story lines/issues into one book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.