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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 chaosand 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 anythingexcept 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 caseand a startling new onebecome catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.
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By Candace Calvert, Sarah Mason
TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.Copyright © 2013Candace Calvert
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"THE GULLY, BELOW THE WATER TANK—I see something." Wes Tanner pocketed his radio and plunged downhill through tinder-dry Texas cedar and darkness, his cowhide boots scattering limestone gravel like stray bird shot. Logic argued that he could be wrong, that what he'd spotted might be no more than a sack of trash. Or a poacher's deer bag sent soaring by the November wind. But hope was wearing spurs tonight.
He pushed his stride. I'll find you. I'm coming.
The blue-white beam of his headlamp flickered as branches slapped his helmet and rescue pack; he hated to think of the damage they'd do to the parchment skin of an eighty-year-old. Or of how this woman, battling Alzheimer's, would fare dressed only in a nightgown. With dawn minutes away, the air temperature couldn't be more than fifty degrees. There was no way of knowing what time the former piano teacher had wandered away from the old ranch house she shared with her sister-in-law. She could have been out here for hours, confused, frightened, cold ... injured? Wes's jaw tensed. He'd find her in time.
He halted, took a deep breath of air made musky by cedar and oak, then swept the light along the shallow gully. "Mrs. Braxton? Amelia?"
The beam lit a stand of prickly pear cactus, a rotting tree stump, and a mound of dirt more than a little suspicious for a nest of stinging fire ants. Wes refused to imagine that cruel scenario and scanned farther, growing increasingly impatient to—
His heart stalled. There, beneath the brush.
The beam focused on a body sprawled in the leaf-strewn gully. Flowered nightgown, snowy-white single braid. Face pale, eyes closed, mouth slack. Breathing?
"Subject located," Wes huffed into the radio, jogging the remaining few yards. "Can't tell yet if ..." He swallowed the rest of the sentence, hoping he wouldn't have to report back with the team's code word for a deceased body. Don't be dead. Please.
"Copy, Wes. We're right above you. On our way down."
There was a yelp in the distance— Gabe's chocolate Lab signaling human scent— then voices. One deep, the other feminine. His "hasty search" team, assembled within minutes of the 5:30 a.m. callout by the sheriff 's department. Wes was grateful but wished his rural volunteers still included a nurse or paramedic. As an EMT, he carried basic medical supplies, but ...
"Ma'am?" He dropped to one knee beside the woman and grasped her thin shoulder, shook her gently. "Are you awake?" Alive? He held his breath, nudged her again, watching for the rise and fall of her chest that would confirm breathing, a blink of her eyelids, a small grimace—anything. "Amelia?"
"Unh ..." Her muffled groan was the sweetest thing Wes had heard in a long, rugged week.
"Hello there." Relief threatened to choke his voice. "It's okay. You're not lost anymore."
She blinked and he averted the light.
"You're ..." Amelia swept her tongue across her dry lips, then stared at him for a long moment.
"Wes Tanner, ma'am. I'm here to help you," he explained, doubtful she recognized him, though he'd seen Lily and Amelia last week, Amelia's ever-present doll propped in the elderly ladies' grocery cart. But his appearance right now would seem intimidating at best: shadowy bulk, dark beard stubble, equipment dangling from his search-and-rescue vest, squawking radio—and every square inch smelling of rode-hard horse. On the white-knight scale, Wes was a notch above Sasquatch.
He lowered his pack to the ground. "Miss Lily asked me—"
"Asked us," Gabe Buckner corrected. A headlamp lit his face like a jack-o'-lantern as he stepped into the clearing. He snapped a leash onto his dog's collar and walked closer. A few yards away, the team's newly certified member—a coffeehouse barista by day—said a few words into her radio before following him.
"Deputies are guiding the medics in," she reported, first-rescue excitement making her voice climb an octave.
"See?" Wes smiled down at Amelia as he lifted the foil rescue blanket from his pack. "Plenty of help tonight." He patted her shoulder as she tried to sit up. "Don't move yet, Mrs. Braxton. Let's be sure you're okay."
"You're ...?" Her gaze moved over Wes's face again, her chin trembling.
"Wes Tanner," he reminded. "My family takes care of the wells around here. And over there is Gabe. His family ..." Bad time to mention that they owned the local funeral home. "His family lives right down the road. The pretty one is Jenna. And that four-legged guy is Hershey, the best rescue dog in the county."
As if on cue, the chocolate Lab whined and wagged his tail.
"We're your neighbors. Come to help you back home, ma'am."
Wes watched as she looked from face to face, her expression as wide-eyed and incredulous as Dorothy's in the black-and-white aftermath of Oz.
"Yes. I remember now." She returned her gaze to Wes, beginning to smile. "You're Lee Ann Tanner's boy."
Gut-punched, Wes managed a nod.
"Let's get you warm, ma'am," Gabe offered, moving forward to help.
They had Amelia wrapped in the blanket moments before law enforcement and the medics arrived. And in less than ten minutes she'd been moved via rescue litter to the waiting rig. An initial assessment concluded that, beyond some scrapes and mild symptoms of exposure, the piano teacher had survived her unexpected adventure fairly well. Considering she'd made the trek in an ancient pair of men's cowboy boots—worn on the wrong feet.
"They're taking her to Austin Grace ER?" Gabe asked, watching as they loaded the woman into the ambulance.
"Right." Wes scraped his fingers through his hair, loosing some twigs left from his scramble through the underbrush. "I'm going to follow along after I get my horse settled. I'll give Miss Lily a ride into the city and let the granddaughter take over from there. I'm supposed to meet with the hospital social worker later this morning anyway. We're doing that emergency department presentation on critical incident stress this week."
"Oh yeah." Gabe stooped to pat his dog. "The media's all over those 'new details' on our missing nurse—has to stress those folks in the ER. Even after this long." He sighed. "Now there's a rescue we all wanted to see happen."
Gabe was quiet for a moment. "Must have been a surprise when Mrs. Braxton mentioned your mother."
Wes hated the way his stomach sank; he should be long past that. "Not unusual for Alzheimer's. Can't remember what a toothbrush is on most days but then can clearly recall the name of a woman who's been gone for twentysome years." Twenty-seven, come January 3.
"Right." Gabe glanced away as the ambulance engine leaped to life. "Sure you don't want to catch some breakfast before driving into Austin? Hershey's got his mind set on apple-smoked bacon. I'm buying." He raised his brows. "Jenna's coming too. I get the feelin' she'd be pretty happy to see you show up."
"You're reading things into that one. Thanks, but I'm going to grab something to eat at the hospital."
Gabe shrugged. "While you're there, find us a few volunteers, would ya? I'm willing to share this opportunity for an early morning hike."
"You mean recruit the one remaining nurse who isn't working extra shifts to pay the mortgage and put gas in her car?" Wes frowned at the truth: their community search-and-rescue team was shrinking in this tight economy. He'd proposed a horse-mounted team and a long list of equipment he wanted to add to their incident command trailer, but donations were down and grant money was drying up. Fewer team members, less overall support. Still, today they'd had a live find. And it felt good.
"Hey, thanks for coming out, buddy." Wes clapped his friend's shoulder. "For a funeral director, a latte maker, a well digger, and a dog that still smells of last month's skunk chase, we didn't do half-bad."
Gabe grinned, snapped an exaggerated salute. "You call; I'm here. Count on it. It's more than worth crawling out of a warm bed to find someone alive."
"Nothing beats it."
Wes headed down the road to his horse trailer as morning lit the hill country cedar and prickly pear cactus—golden as the yolks in Gabe's favorite breakfast. He glanced back at the gully, remember ing the moment he'd found Amelia Braxton. "It's okay. You're not lost anymore." His favorite words in the world. Being able to say them and offer that lifeline of hope to another human being had become as important to him as breathing. It was the reason he'd answer any callout—anytime, anywhere. Even if he had to do it alone. And sometimes he did that ... hours, weeks, even months after other searchers called it quits.
Because he understood how it felt to be lost, cold, terrified, and desperate for help. Despite a lifetime spent trying to forget, he still remembered it as if it were yesterday: the January night that Lee Ann Tanner left her seven-year-old son in the woods. Then drove her car into the river.
* * *
Emergency department director Kate Callison hugged her scrub jacket close and crossed the employee parking lot, watching dawn's attempt to erase the bruise-dark shadows that shrouded the entrance to the Austin Grace ER. With every step she fought an almost-suffocating urge to jog back to her car, gun the engine, and drive away to ... anywhere else. Somewhere without media, lawyers, patient complaints, and a sullen and dwindling—and quite possibly mutinous—nursing staff. The last few weeks had been miserable enough to make Florence Nightingale jump ship, and there was no guarantee today would be any better. There was already a rescue rig parked in the ambulance bay.
Her gaze followed the empty sidewalk to the visitors' tables, and an unexpected sliver of hope lightened her step; at least the night shift patient load hadn't spilled outside. It was almost a miracle. Maybe—
"Oh, excuse me," Kate apologized, stepping aside at the doorway. "Sorry; I didn't see you there."
"Uh ... no problem."
A girl, wrapped in an oversize sweater coat as dark as the shadows, had appeared out of nowhere. As if the building itself simply spit her out. No more than a teenager, she had oily and lank hair, her face thin and far too pale. Even in the chill air, her skin glistened with perspiration.
"Hey ..." Kate tipped her head, trying to catch the girl's gaze. "Are you all right? You look like you're feeling—"
"Okay," the girl whispered, eyes downcast. Her fingers moved to clutch the front of her sweater. Chipped black nail polish, a silver ring shaped like a Celtic cross. "I'm fine."
"Are you sure?" Kate asked gently. She glanced through the glass door panel and saw that the waiting room was indeed packed. "I can have someone look at you. That's why we're here. To help."
The girl's eyes met Kate's at last. Watery blue, lashes sodden, dark pupils dilated. Pain? Worry? Then Kate saw it with sudden certainty. She's afraid.
"You would do that?" the girl whispered, her trembling hand on Kate's arm. "You'd help me? Even if I—"
Kate glanced toward the sound, then back at the girl. "I'm Kate Callison, the emergency department director. That nurse is waiting for me, but I meant what I said just now. We're here to help. With whatever you need. Go sign in at the registration desk. Tell them you spoke with me."
"I have to go," the girl said, backing away.
As fast as she'd appeared, she was gone. Skirting the corner of the building, heading—
The nurse in melon-pink scrubs held two Starbucks cups aloft, hot brews merging with cool sunrise in a fragrant cloud. Kate smiled, her uneasiness replaced by a rush of gratitude. ICU nurse Lauren Barclay was the only real friend she'd made in the months since she'd moved to Austin. Their prework coffees had become the best part of her day. Lately, the best part of anything.
"What do you think?" Lauren asked, glancing at the vacant visitors' tables. "Sit out here?" She raised her brows, one of them disappearing beneath the flowered surgical cap she'd tied over her hair. Another attempt to tame the thick blonde mane, as wavy and long as Kate's was dark and wispy-short. "I realize cool mornings are nothing special to a California girl," she teased in the familiar drawl, "but in Houston, we'd call this a flat-out miracle."
She handed Kate her coffee and settled onto a chair. "That poor mother was out there on the boulevard again. Did you see her?"
"Yes." Kate winced. A young woman had been stationed at a busy intersection for two days now, holding a huge poster of a bright-eyed and chubby toddler. Below the photo, in heavy and uneven strokes of marking pen, she'd printed a heart-wrenching plea: Need money for my baby's funeral.
"One of the cafeteria ladies said she's from out of state. They were visiting here when the baby got sick. So sad." Lauren peered at Kate over the top of her mocha. "How'd things go yesterday with the boss?"
Kate rolled her eyes at the reference to her meeting with the chief nursing officer. "I think Evelyn's exact words went something like 'Your team's morale is sinking.' She was being polite. It's more like I'm captain of the Titanic and instead of a band playing, there's one endless Willie Nelson CD." She sighed. "I never intended to be interim director of the emergency department. It's not what I applied for. And I had no idea I'd be stepping into the shoes of a saint."
Lauren nodded. "Sunni's disappearance has been hard on a lot of people. And if there really is new evidence, another search, and they find conclusive remains ... I know you're skeptical about it, but I do think the social worker's right to present the critical incident stress information again. There's been more staff coming to the chapel lately. Several from your team."
"Hmm." Kate knew her friend was talking about an informal fellowship she led for hospital personnel, designed as a support system. Fortunately she'd figured out there was no point pressuring Kate to join in. Fellowship and hand-holding were the farthest things from her mind.
"When's that supposed to happen—the CISM refresher?" Lauren asked.
"At the staff meeting on Friday." Kate watched as an elderly woman made her way toward the doors to the ER. She was accompanied by a man in a faded denim jacket. Tall, with broad shoulders, dark hair, and considerable beard shadow. Wearing cowboy boots, of course—apparently a state requirement.
Kate turned her attention back to Lauren. "It's not that I'm exactly opposed to peer counseling or debriefing after a specific traumatic incident." For some reason, she thought of the too-pale face of the girl she'd met in the shadows. "I think it may have some benefit in isolated cases."
"It's been six months since Sunni disappeared. I'd be blind not to see how respected she was. I understand that her loss left a big hole. And I don't kid myself that the things I've tried to do have helped much. But in my experience, dwelling on the past—resurrecting it—doesn't help either. At some point, you have to steel yourself and move on."
Lauren stared at her. "You're not quitting?"
"No," Kate said quickly, glad her new friend couldn't know about her recent conversation with the travel nurse recruiter in Dallas. Lauren wouldn't understand that a fallback plan was a necessity. Thankfully she'd never asked how long Kate had worked at Alamo Grace and, before that, the Mercy Hospital in San Jose or any of the other hospitals in California and elsewhere. Places where she'd joined the staff only to find that something didn't fit, wasn't quite right. Plan B was a lifeline for someone like Kate. "No, I'm not planning to resign. In spite of my teasing about big trucks and bigger belt buckles, churches on every corner—" Kate smiled—"and that there are actually places you can buy Texas-shaped tortilla chips, I like it here. It doesn't make any sense, but it's growing on me."
Nuts as it seemed, it was true. Kate wouldn't say this city felt like home—nothing ever had, including home—but ... "Maybe it's because Austin feels a little more like California."
"Whoa, girl. Don't say that out loud," Lauren warned in a stage whisper. "You'll be run out of town." She checked her watch and stood. "We should head in."
"Right." Kate followed her toward the entrance to the ER. "I'll probably be run out regardless. Interim director is a temporary position. No guarantees. I came in on the heels of a lawsuit against the hospital that's still being settled. Patient-satisfaction surveys are at an all-time low. And last month I had to suspend that nurse."
"For drugs—you had no choice."
"The rumblings are that Sunni would have handled things with far more compassion. I'm working my tail off to prove myself, Lauren." Kate plucked at her scrubs. "I wear these instead of a suit so I can pitch in alongside the staff. All shifts, I come in to see what I can do to help. Ask Vicky who offered to give that soapsuds enema she groused about. I even baked red velvet cupcakes for the last staff meeting. But ..."
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I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good book to read! I could not put it down this book is the best I have read in a long while!! The author is really talented! I know I will be buying more of this Author's books!!
Great story! Flawed people, mistakes made, poor choices, but hope for all involved. Kept my attention and emotions engaged.
My heart grieved for Kate Callison as I learned about her past. This book also opened my eyes to the difficulties in running a good ER - the pressure from the hospital management, the criticism from the patients waiting too long and the need to care for all patients well with reduced staffing. I also enjoyed learning more about search and rescue teams. This book also explains the safe haven law, where mothers can give up an unwanted newborn safely, legally, and anonymously.
Medical Thriller This was the first book I read by Candace Calvert and I can't wait to read more written by her. This story follows Kate Callison who has stepped into the position of ER director and Wes Tanner a local who is active with the area search & rescue team. They have to deal with some heartbreaking situations both in the ER and search & rescue that force them to confront their pasts before they can begin to move forward and lead healthy fulfilling lives.
Ok,so I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Of course, I will also admit that I've done that to all of the books by Candace Calvert. So please, don't take my "Man Card" away just yet. Kate Callison has spent her life running, now all she wants to do is take over as permanent ER Director as Austin Grace Hospital. The hospital is under a PR nightmare with the recent disappearance of their ER Director, a couple of deaths attributed to long wait times and an anonymous blogger keeping all of this fresh in the media. Wes Tanner runs a local search and rescue team on the side. A couple of rescues brings him into contact with Kate and feelings between them begin to grow. Kate isn't sure she wants to open up to Wes with all her baggage, but her feelings keep getting in the way. Now there's a missing baby and everyone is on the lookout. Kate runs away to clear her head when things with Wes take a wrong turn. What is so bad in her past that she can't overcome? Will Wes let her run without chasing? Is the baby ever found? Yes, you're right, GO BUY THE BOOK! Is this a "guy's book"? I will be honest and say that this is not your regular guy's book. The theme is romance, redemption and a lot of talk about feelings. I will also say, though, that I enjoyed this book. The character of Wes has such a strong faith and belief system, but even he has an "AHA!" moment in the book that most men need to read about so that they can get their own "AHA!" moment.
It is rare to find a book that is both clean and interesting with a romantic twist. This book delivers. There's an interesting plot, great back story, and a well written set of characters. A great read.
Kate Callison is on the run - essentially from herself. Currently she is serving as the Interim Emergency Department Director for Austin Grace ER, but feels burdened to live up to the standards her predecessor, Sunni Sprague, set. Sunni was beloved by all but disappeared and is suspected to be a victim of foul play. Kate has her own personal history to deal with and a number of situations, both personal and professional, seem to exacerbate her stress. Wes Tanner, an engineer/search-and-rescue specialist wants to break through Kate's tough exterior, but her secret just may be the one factor he can't handle. Will forgiveness be possible? I've enjoyed all of Candace Calvert's books and this one is no exception. I especially enjoy how they can be read independently of one another, but if you read them in order there are little "nods" to the other books or characters in them. Read them and enjoy!
This book was great! I could hardly put it down. Rescue Team showed the power of love and forgiveness, and how God's grace can reach anyone...even those who are running away.
Rescue Team is about all kinds of “rescue” and all kinds of “lost”. Beneath the professional facades of the EMTs and the harried ER personnel are human beings with problems, worries, and hurt. They suffer from the traumas they see every day in the controlled-chaos of their work, especially any situations with bad outcomes involving children. Lauren offers prayer fellowship and peer counseling, but she is privately concerned about her mentally ill sister. Kate refuses to acknowledge her need for any help and hides behind a prickly exterior her guilt-ridden, grieving soul--sure that she is beyond any hope of redemption. Wes is haunted by childhood pain but finds satisfaction in his Search and Rescue team, his loving, supportive family, and his faith in God. Judith, the dedicated, model volunteer and Angie, the triage nurse, both hide their own desperate concerns. Yet they all do their best to put their troubled personal lives on hold to serve and to help the sick and the lost. The book provides us with characters we care about, and the storyline has plenty of action between missing nurses, abandoned babies, and obnoxious lawyers. There is a great deal of hurt and pain in their stories, but the ending is triumphant, beautiful and immensely satisfying.
Kate is an ER director who is running from her past. Wes is part of a search and rescue team. They meet in the hospital one day and then tragedy strikes. I thought this book was very good. Kate and Wes seem like opposites in the beginning, especially in their views of God and family, but they eventually learn to get along. The story is decently paced with ER and rescue dramas, and a little romance added for good measure.
I thought this was an interesting, well-thought out book. Usually I don't like it when books get too many story lines going, because it seems like some story lines don't get fully developed. However, the author does a really good job of touching on all the different characters and their lives without detracting from the main story or short-changing the peripheral stories. The message is a good one throughout the book, forgiveness is a difficult thing to offer and sometimes even harder to accept. I had not read the other books in this series, but I will be sure to read them in the future and then reread this one. Overall, an interesting book that I would recommend!
I have read quite a few books lately and this is one of them. This is the third book in the Grace Medical series. Kate is a strong character and her past continues to haunt her. She becomes the ER director at Austin Grace hospital because the previous director disappeared. Fellow employees start to resent Kate because they all loved the previous director. She meets this incredible man, Wes when his search and rescue work bring him to the ER. The author did an incredible job with the characters and the plot. This is a must read!
Candace Calvert is one talented lady! I always look forward to reading her latest book, Rescue Team, and somehow they keep getting better and better! The intensity of working in an emergency room lends itself to a fast-paced book with lots of drama (and trauma!). That in and of itself tends to get me caught up in the story. But with characters like Kate and Wes, I couldn’t help but get hooked early on. Plus, Candace’s experience as a nurse is a huge asset to each of her books. There’s such realism in each encounter with ER patients. I think the best thing about the characters in this book is that they’re great people … people you want to be friends with. BUT they’ve got plenty of flaws as well. (I hate “perfect” characters!) In this case, Wes and Kate each have issues from their past that are causing them to struggle in their current situations. It makes for a great friendship between them … if not difficult at times. I also loved the family aspect of this book. Wes’s family plays a significant role in his life and it shines throughout the story. At times reminiscent of a cleaner version of favorite medical dramas like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, Rescue Team is a winner! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I had the privilege of reading Rescue Team, the second book in the Grace Medical series, before it has officially been released. I love the style Candace Calvert uses to write all of her books. I have to say, Rescue Team is by far my favorite. Her characters are so believable and I was immediately drawn into the story which had multiple layers, keeping me turning the pages even when I should have been getting others things done. I love how Ms. Calvert weaves spiritual truths into her stories and this one was no exception. The story of grace, something God is teaching me about presently in my own life, is so timely for our society right now. She talked about the mistakes people make, not understandable by human standards, but all covered by God’s grace. One of the best aspects of her writing is how she effortlessly uses multiple examples of how to extend grace to yourself for decisions you made that weren’t the wisest as well as how to extend grace to others who may have taken an action in the name of love or trying to protect another but had consequences not foreshadowed. Ms. Calvert has a way of not only bringing the hero and heroin to life, but creating unforgettable secondary characters in her books as well. These were people I couldn’t stop thinking about, even after the book was closed and I was reading another story. Without giving away anything (I hate spoilers), I love how throughout Rescue Team she subtly sets us up to already love the heroine for the final book in the Grace Medical series. I can’t wait to read the next book and continue the journey; although, I wish there was a fourth and fifth and a… Everyone I have recommended Ms. Calvert’s books to so far have fallen in love with her writing style and storylines within the first chapter. Just try for yourself and see if you feel the same way!
I enjoyed the second book in the Grace Medical Series. The plot line is very good and I like that the author tackles a relevant-to-our-times subject—biological mothers abandoning their children. The story is realistic and emotionally evocative. As a reader, I felt very much drawn into the story. I love the setting and how real it feels due to the author’s obvious familiarity with Austin, Texas. I was able to feel as if I were right there in the city. There is a wonderful cast of characters, which add great richness to the story, also. The faith aspect is prominent in the lives of some characters, and it is gratifying to see how God helps them to come to terms with past mistakes. Redemption is a major theme, as well as, forgiving others and forgiving oneself. Wes is an appealing hero with a huge heart—the kind of hero we all love. Kate, on the other hand, is not so likeable initially, but that is all part of the story. You might remember her from the first Grace Medical book, but no problem, if you didn’t read the first book. If you like a sweet romance, as part of a story, this is a good one. I recommend this medical drama to all who enjoy an all-around good story.
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True to life situations, believable characters and a great love story. The author develops the characters both the major and minor ones which gives a greater depth to the story . And one of my favorite traits in this author- underlying biblical principles .
Love all her books