Step by Step

Step by Step

by Candace Calvert

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Step by Step by Candace Calvert

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

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ISBN-13: 9781414390345
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: Crisis Team Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,248,510
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Step by Step


By Candace Calvert, Sarah Mason Rische

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2016 Candace Calvert
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-9034-5


CHAPTER 1

"You took your wedding rings off."

"I ... did." Taylor Cabot glanced at her hand resting on the weathered boardwalk railing and found the small indentation on her third finger. She refused to accept her stomach's reflexive quiver. Her younger cousin Aimee Curran was right: the rings had finally come off, after migrating from her left to right hand in a painfully slow march through grief — like a turtle navigating broken glass. But two days ago she'd soaped her finger, twisted the rings off, and tucked them back into their original Grebitus & Sons box — along with a creased and well-worn love poem. The only poetry her firefighter husband ever attempted in his too-short life. "My life ... my wife ... I love you more ..."

Taylor drew a deep breath of salty-cool March air, grateful there was no fresh stab of pain. Almost three years after the horrific accident that snuffed Greg's life, his death was a scar, not a tender scab now. All as it should be. She swept aside a breeze-tossed strand of her coppery hair and met her cousin's gaze. "It was time."

Aimee's eyes, nearly the exact Curran green as her own, held Taylor's for a moment. "I'm proud of you."

"Thanks. I'm ..." Taylor raised her voice over the lively thrum from the busy boardwalk and beach below: music, loudspeakers, carnival rides, childish squeals, and the amazing syncopated flap-flutter of hundreds upon hundreds of colorful and wildly fanciful kites surfing the sea breeze — the annual Kidz Kite Festival in its full glory. She smiled, new certainty buoying her as well. "I'm kind of proud of myself, actually."

"You should be." Aimee returned her smile. "And I'm selfish enough to think that moving back home was a big part of that."

"It was."

In fact, it was at the top of the Survival List Taylor had drafted — edited, rewritten, lain awake night after night getting straight in her head and in her heart — during the last edgy, anxious months in Sacramento. Those long months she had been so frustrated with herself, uncomfortably angry, and completely sick of being a widow, an unwilling member of a select club no one ever wanted to belong to. Moving away had seemed like a good way to move on. It had been a tough decision, finally made easier when she was asked out on her first new-widow date — by the husband of a close friend. When Taylor's skin stopped crawling, and after she'd hurled her cell phone against the kitchen wall, she sat down and drafted her list.

She hadn't shared it with anyone, but accomplishing every last item, regardless of how difficult, had become Taylor's biggest goal. She was determined to move forward, step by shaky step.

Transfer to a nursing position at San Diego Hope ER
Start jogging again
Lose the Krispy Kremes — and fifteen
pounds Find a good vet for Hooper
Take off wedding rings
Go through the last of Greg's things


And —

"So ..." Aimee's brows rose a fraction. "Did the gorgeous Dr. Halston have anything to do with the timing?"

"Timing?"

"Taking off your rings. You know, that you've been seeing him?"

"Not exactly ... maybe," Taylor conceded, unable to deny the confusing mix of feelings the surgeon managed to inspire. If you asked anyone at San Diego Hope hospital, they'd say Taylor Cabot and Rob Halston were a couple. Typical grapevine speculation. And not true. Though, lately, each step in Taylor's life did seem to be headed closer and closer to — "It's really more of a friendship thing."

Her cousin's lips quirked ever so slightly. "Always a good place to start."

"I guess." Taylor tried her best for a casual shrug. "I'm not sure I'm ready for anything more than that. Not quite yet."

It was the last item on her checklist: Fall in love again.

"I'm sorry." Aimee touched her arm. "I didn't mean to put you on the spot. It's so good to see you looking happier."

"I know." Taylor smiled at her cousin. "And I am. Really ..."

Her gaze swept the vista beyond the railing, a long stretch of beach and tranquil green ocean dotted with palm trees and pastel clusters of beachfront bungalows. The sun shone on red clay roofs of far grander homes on the cliffs above. Today's cloudless blue sky boasted a joyful rainbow of kites. Like hope on a Southern California breeze. It was starting to feel that way now. She was back home, part of a skilled, tight-knit ER team at the same hospital where her favorite cousin worked in the dietary department. It wasn't perfect; Taylor didn't expect that. But it did seem promising, as if peace and healing were really possible. A new beginning. No more painful detours after unimaginable tragedy.

"Look." Aimee jabbed her finger toward the distance. "See? Between the big purple dragon and the SpongeBob that keeps going into a spin? It's a plane. I'm surprised they let the pilot fly in that close with all that's going on here. Maybe it belongs to a news team."

"Don't think so," Taylor said, locating the small plane. "There's a privately owned airstrip a few miles from here. Greg had a pilot friend who got permission to use it a couple of times when we flew in to visit the folks." She hesitated, prepared for a pang, but the memory came painlessly: Greg sitting beside his buddy at the controls of the rented plane, then turning back to grin at Taylor with boyish excitement on his handsome face — so full of life. The sun glittering like diamonds on the surface of the sea, that breathtaking view of Coronado Island from high above, and the roller-coaster dip in her stomach when the plane tilted into a turn ...

"He'll probably be directed to another approach," Taylor guessed, buoyed once again by the certainty that removing her rings had been good timing. Not because of what might or might not be on the horizon with Rob Halston, or even that the rings had been looming large on her checklist, but because she really was past the worst now. She thought of what she'd said to her cousin, that the pilot would be directed to another approach. Maybe Taylor was being redirected too. A giddy laugh rose. She tapped Aimee's shoulder. "You know what we need?"

"Kettle corn?"

"No way. I've only logged 11,000 steps today." Taylor touched her activity-tracking bracelet. "It won't work in my calorie budget."

"That evil thing. I keep telling you: Curran women are born to be curvy. You're coming dangerously close to losing your membership." Aimee feigned a childish pout. "Okay, what else do we need?"

"Kites!" Taylor pointed down the crowded boardwalk. "Down there, past the face-painting booth, there's a tent where we can make our own. All different kinds of options: diamond kites, rollers, deltas, sleds. Crazy colors and even glitter. C'mon, we haven't flown one together since we were Girl Scouts."

"Wait, hold on." Aimee squinted, staring toward the ocean. "That plane ... I swear its wing skimmed the water. Some kind of air show? But it seems too reckless even for that."

"Where?" Taylor turned to look at the same moment the crowd around them exploded with shouts.

"What's he doing?"

"Oh no, that plane's in trouble!"

"Pull up, dude!" a young man yelled. "Stop clowning —" "There," a woman offered with breathless relief. "He's back up in the air again and turning toward —"

No.

Taylor's heart stuttered as the small plane banked erratically, dropped far too close to the water again, then hurtled, out of control, across the sand.

She grabbed her cousin's arm. "He's coming right at us!"

"Look out," someone shrieked. "He's gonna hit the board-walk! Run; get away from here!"

A tidal wave of screams was drowned by a deafening engine roar. Then a horrifying overhead shadow, a rush of wind that nearly knocked Taylor to her knees, the acrid and eye-watering scent of airplane fuel — and finally a thunderous, earth-jolting crash.

"Aimee!"


(Continues...)

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Step by Step 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this story down. It keeps your interest from page one. The medical scenarios are realistic. (I'm a former ICU nurse. ) It is a sweet, clean story with enough suspense to keep you reading.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy stories set in the medical field you will enjoy this book. We open with a scene that will definitely capture your attention as we are introduced to Taylor and Seth. What I loved about this beginning of this book was that there really wasn’t any romantic connection between these two to start it off but I knew something would change with this eventually. Taylor really didn’t even seem to like Seth and did not want to be around him. There is also the mystery of what happened on the day Greg died. Taylor wants answers but isn’t getting any. I was also intrigued by the storyline of a secondary character, Salone, and what part she played in this book. Something was up with her, the question was what? Overall, I really enjoyed this book. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
‘Step by Step’, Candace Calvert’s second in the Crisis Team series, can be read as a standalone. It exceeds my expectations of this author’s novels both as a novel of Christian growth and suspense. The setting is in San Diego, where ER nurse and young widow Taylor Cabot has moved to after the sudden death of her husband. Taylor is weary of grieving and has made a list of ‘tasks’ to be accomplished by the third anniversary of her husband’s death. She is also caring for her beloved, aging dog, Hooper. Just when she thinks she is ready to place checkmarks by the final items, Chaplain Seth Donovan is in town to train a new group of community crisis responders. Seeing Seth again after working with him at a hospital in Sacramento brings back memories of the early days after her husband’s death. Recently going through her late husband’s possessions had brought to her attention that he had an appointment to see Seth earlier on the day he died, and she hoped Seth could help her know what had happened that last day. Seth heard that Taylor was leaving the California Crisis Care team that she had joined in San Diego and hoped to find out why. He also began to see Taylor as more than a crisis responder and nurse. Taylor wanted to move on with a new romance which she found with a plastic surgeon who worked out of her hospital. Seth is about shepherding those with faith and/ or emotional challenges. Taylor has become more pragmatic, not wishing to be vulnerable again, and the doctor she dates is the ultimate pragmatic. The author’s characters are appealing and described extremely well. We get to know Seth and Taylor best, then Aimee and Sloane. The health care team and crisis responders are sturdy and will stand the test of circumstances. I understand Taylor’s desires for change and her need for control over her life, even down to the number of steps she takes each day versus how much she can eat based on those steps. She still believes in and loves the Lord, but wasn’t walking that faith out in her life. I have increasing empathy with Sloane, who isn’t quite who she seems to be. The novel grabbed my attention at the beginning and held it throughout, each page adding to the intensity of the story. It is much more than a romance or a woman recovering from the loss of her husband. The author shows the gospel through actions and conversations rather than through the characters preaching. She shows several spiritual lessons in the same way, including showing grace to one person who many would turn from while not allowing another to cross boundaries put in place. God’s love shines through as the impetus for the novel and the character interactions. There are heartbreaking moments when having tissues nearby will be helpful, and moments of happiness and hope for the upcoming days. I highly recommend ‘Step by Step’ to fans of Christian and medical fiction, growth, and grace. From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Step by Step by Candace Calvert is book two in the Crisis Team series. The author’s medical knowledge enhances the stories that she writes. This one is such a tribute to Crisis Team volunteers who fill crucial needs in emergencies. What an amazing, wonderful story about two people who have suffered loss and grief and struggle to find peace and a happy ending. Crisis Chaplain, Seth Donovan, has learned to trust God’s plan, yet still has struggles with his past. Taylor Cabot, ER nurse, is proficient at her job but has been struggling to get past her grief and loss. Seth discovers his path long before Taylor finds her way to peace and love, but each plays a part in the other’s happy ending. Two sub stories also emotionally involve the reader in the story. Kasie and Sloane’s separate life struggles also engage the reader. Add in a sweet, aging dog and an abandoned black shelter kitten that need love and support, and the reader is hooked even more. Love, healing, forgiveness, and second chances weave a compelling and poignant, unforgettable story. I highly recommend this well-crafted book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review. Do not miss this amazing book. I am looking forward to reading the next title in the series.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Step by Step is book 2 in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan's story. Taylor Cabot lost her husband three years ago and is trying to move on with her life. She has made a list of things to do to move forward and is slowly checking them off. She has moved to San Diego and has started dating. Seth has come to San Diego to train members to work with the Crisis Team. They are often called in to help council families of victims of tragic events. Seth often works the San Diego hospital ER and has reunited with Taylor. Taylor use to work with the Crisis Team, but with the encouragement of her new boyfriend, she is backing away. Taylor still struggles with the events surrounding her husband's death. Why was he on that road the night he was killed? Why did he have an appointment with Seth the day he died? She also is struggling with having to say goodbye to her dog, who is passing away. I love this book! I really enjoy reading Candace Calvert stories. Being an ER nurse, this series gives us a look into events that happen within the ER setting. Her stories are written so well, it is sometimes hard to believe I am reading fiction. I like how her stories included mystery and suspense with just a little touch of romance to keep the readers interest. I also like that the story has substance to it with touching lightly on the Christian aspect in the character's lives and how just living a Christian life, they are able to help lead others to learn about God. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready contemporary Christian Fiction. I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have freely written an honest review.
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
Stepping through life at your own (and God’s) pace After the death of her husband, Taylor Cabot moves to San Diego as one of the steps on her Survival List. She wants her list completed by the third anniversary of Greg’s accident which is looming on the horizon. She has decided to step away from the Crisis Team work she was involved with in Sacramento and has been cutting back on those hours. Seth Donovan knows Taylor is an excellent fit with the Crisis Team but wonders why Taylor has been less than communicative since she left Sacramento. An opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in San Diego helping train a new class of Crisis Team volunteers is just what he needs to find out how Taylor is really doing. I loved the tie-in from the title of Step by Step to Taylor’s life planned in steps to her fitness routine which counted steps. Ms. Calvert did an amazing job of bringing all these ideas together. As one character put it, “’I finally learned to accept that my healing, my new relationships…and my future would move forward according to God’s timing, not mine. …I’m not worried about counting the steps. If I’m going in the right direction, if I’m on the right path, I’ll feel that certainty in my soul.’” I liked Taylor, but I thought she was letting others influence her a bit too much in the beginning although she felt she was making the decisions on her own. She also wasn’t being honest with herself about how she was doing in her grieving process over the loss of her husband. Kasie Beckett was a darling. I wanted to know how her story ended, but it was still dangling at the end instead of neatly tied up. Seth was a wonderful hero. He had faced some tough times in his life, but they shaped him into the man he became and pointed him to his need for Christ. He was strong and supportive when Taylor needed him. Book three in this series (to be released in the fall) will be about Sloane Wilder, and she was prominent in book two. This surprised me somewhat, but Ms. Calvert tied Sloane’s story with Taylor’s in a rather unexpected way. I can’t say I liked Sloane in this book, but I did have compassion for her. Obviously Sloane’s story was left unfinished which makes me eagerly anticipate the next book. As for this one, I laughed; I cried; I pondered. Absolutely recommended! I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Candace Calvert in her new book, “Step by Step” Book Two in the Crisis Team series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the lives of Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan. From the Back Cover: Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point―“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death. While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man. When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list? Every book that Candace Calvert writes is better than the previous one which means that “Step by Step” is the best one so far. There is a community crisis that puts the lives of both Taylor and Seth at risk. Both of them have issues that are bigger than they are and is going to require God to heal them if they expect to move forward. This book starts out exciting and then Ms. Calvert just notches up the excitement factor. “Step by Step” 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 Taylor and Seth have to learn to trust each other. Candace Calvert knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. 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.”
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Step by Step is another great story in the Crisis Team series! Candace Calvert’s medical experience is evident and really brings this story to life. I enjoyed revisiting characters from Book 1, By Your Side, as well as meeting new ones. The characterization is strong, the elements of drama and romance are engaging, and the conclusion leaves readers anticipating the next installment. I enjoyed Step by Step and look forward to continuing this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Taylor's and Seth's story. It is a heartwarming tale of forgiveness and learning to move on from the past. These are two great characters and I truly enjoyed reading this book.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Taylor and Seth's characters so much in Crisis Team #1 By Your Side that I HAD to find out what happened next in Step by Step, stat! This book exceeded my high expectations, I loved it so much. Taylor's newfound obsession with controlling her life and forcing herself through her grief truly touched my heart. I can really relate to that tendency to white-knuckle the steering wheel of life when the road gets bumpy. Seth is an intuitive guy, especially when it comes to Taylor. I don't think he even fully realizes why it's so important to him to make sure she is okay. We've already been given a glimpse of the great comradery these two have in the first book and it just gets better! I can't get enough Candace Calvert, thankfully she has two more series I can read while waiting for Crisis Team #3! I requested the opportunity to read and review this book from Tyndale through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Calvert is a former emergency room nurse and is a fantastic author. She combines her knowledge of the emergency room, her time as a nurse and her talent for story telling into exceptional fiction. This is Ms. Calvert’s second book in the Crisis Team series. The first one of this series is By Your Side which came out in February, 2015. Taylor Cabot has been a widow for three years and is trying to piece her life back together one task at a time. She is working in an emergency room, has a fiancé who is a plastic surgeon and is slowly crossing things off her “get my life back together” to do list. Life seems fairly good for Taylor until Seth Donovan returns to her life. Seth Donovan is a crisis team chaplain who knows Taylor. Seth had the privilege of working with Taylor’s husband before his death. Taylor is convinced that Seth may have answers to her husband’s tragic death. Does Taylor want to open up an old wound to find answers she has been searching for? Or are some situations better left alone? This is another exceptional work by Ms. Calvert. If you have never read anything by Ms. Calvert it is not to late to start. You will not be disappointed. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Step By Step by Candace Calvert will keep you reading! I really enjoy the books in the Crisis Team series! Grief is different for everyone and you can't put it on a time table as ER nurse Taylor finds out. You will fall in love with Crisis Team Chaplain Seth! This book deals with some difficult situations but love wins! If you enjoy medical fiction, you will want this book. I highly recommend Step By Step to others! I received a copy of Step By Step from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
By Your Side was the first book I'd read by Candace Calvert. When I found out that her next book, Step by Step was about Taylor, who was a "side" character in By Your Side, I knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I got the chance. To me there were several meanings in the title, step by step. Taylor had lost her husband three years ago in a tragic accident. She had written out a plan with steps to follow to work through her grief. The last on the list was to fall in love again. Seth was friends with Taylor and he was a grief chaplain that taught classes to volunteers. They had a "bill of rights" to give to grief stricken survivors that they should read and learn from, step by step. But to me the main reason for the title was a verse in the Psalms that I love, "man plans his way but the Lord orders his steps." Taylor had to learn that no matter how much control she thought she had in her own life, God had his plans and ultimate control, for her best life. This book started out with a bang. A plane crashed on a beach among merchants, children and kite fliers. Taylor, being an ER nurse, happened to be there when it crashed and took off running to see what she could do to help. The pilot suffered a heart attack and she began CPR while his wife stood by in a state of shock. When it all unfolds in the ER, she finds herself face to face with Seth, who's flown out to help with teaching some classes for volunteers. He's there to offer support to the victims as well as survivors. Everytime Taylor thinks she has her grief under control something happens to pull her back. She still hasn't learned why her husband Greg was on that lonely stretch of road when he was hit by a car. And why does she find a nurse named Sloane working the ER, when she had previously worked at the hospital Taylor left for a new start? It seems Sloane has a story of her own and a sharp mouth to go along with it. Her ex husband calls her a "nurse with a purse". She adds some conflict in the story and finally some answers Taylor has been searching for. And what of Marty? I was so worried about him! Candace Calvert has a talent for developing characters you come to love and care about, even a smart mouth alcoholic like Sloane. This story will stay with me for quite a while yet. And a great lesson to wait on God's plans. I received this ebook from Net Galley for my honest opinion, which I have given.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“Step by Step” by Candace Calvert follows the story of ER nurse Taylor Cabot. Taylor lost her husband 3 years ago, so she is still recovering from this tragedy. She has her “Survival List”, and she is trying to check off everything on that list. Taylor still doesn’t know the full details of her husband’s death. An old friend steps in the scene and stirs up some feelings she may have for him. There are a few twists and turns, and Taylor finally finds answers to her husband’s death. This was a very interesting, easy to read book. Candace Calvert is a very talented writer, and her knowledge of medical terms/issues is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good, clean, romance with a few twists and turns. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Candace Calvert has done it again! She has delivered yet another winning inspirational novel and continues to be my favorite “medically centered” story writer. This book is not just focused on the inner-workings of the ER department, but also brings to life the crucial part the crisis chaplain plays when people suffer the emotional trauma as well as the physical pain. This story centered on Taylor Cabot, a young ER nurse whose husband was killed in a car accident. Her pain was graphically portrayed and her desire to move on with her life kept getting stalled. The insight and plausibility of Mrs. Calvert’s writing draws the reader into Taylor’s heart and mind to feel her pain with her. The return of crisis chaplain Seth Donovan into Taylor’s world set many memories and questions into motion which added depth to the story as well as taught the reader just what these chaplains do and their value in crisis situations. The book had all the elements of an outstanding inspirational romantic novel which brings a wide range of emotions to the reader – from tears for the sadness, fear for the mystery, and joy for the outcome. I could not put this book down!
annelr More than 1 year ago
Step by Step, second in the Crisis Team series by Candace Calvert is another winner! In this medical fiction, the author broadens the story of Taylor Cabot, whom readers met in the first book of the series. Taylor, widowed now three years, taking steps to move on from the past has relocated to San Diego. She has a survival list she's ticking off one by one, trying to take control a step at a time to find peace, even wearing a fitness bracelet to track her calories and steps. Complications arise when two men become strong forces in her life. Seth, a friend from Sacremento has come to San Diego to help with training individuals in the Chaplain Crisis Care program. Rob, a physician, has taken interest as well. Two very different men, one flies by the seat of his pants and the other is methodical and has life under control. Who will win her heart? Will neither have a chance? To make things even more animated, Sloane a snarly staff nurse enters the scene. She seems so familiar and yet, just who is she, why is she so hard to connect with? And just what secrets does she have? Life is messy with a dying dog and secrets, grief-stricken pasts and uncertain futures. Calvert does a great job with making her characters realistic and evocative. The story line flows well and touches on a number of issues--anger, grief, alcoholism, forgiveness, and faith in a God who is at work in people's lives to bring peace in His way. Another key subject of the book is the Chaplain Crisis Care program. The author gives an amazing glimpse into this program as they interact with individuals unraveling from trauma and grief to give them hope amidst the storm. She touches on the importance of sacred silence and the ministry of presence. All in all a book well worth the read! I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
You can read the synopsis on the book elsewhere. This is my review. The book is the second in the series. It is a slower start than the first book. A few of the characters in the first book make up the main characters in this book. They are well developed and interesting. As stated previously, the story starts out a little slow, but it builds steadily throughout to it's ultimate climax. There is both hope and distress in this book. It shows God's love and that He never leaves us without being preachy. This is well written and I hope to read the next in the series. I recommend this book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest reveiw.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Step by Step is book two in the Crisis Team series and can be read as a stand alone, however, the two main characters in this story appear quite a bit in book one and it really enhances the enjoyment of Step by Step to know them a little more from book one, By Your Side. After reading the first book in the series, I have been eagerly anticipating Step by Step and can definitely say that it exceeded my expectations. The fact that Taylor and Seth have both lost their spouses years earlier sets these two up to have deep and emotional back stories. However, even those marriage relationships and the deaths of their spouses have additional complexities that have molded these two individuals into the people they are. The friendship and bonding that Taylor and Seth experienced over the years on the Crisis Team they both serve on seems to be in jeopardy. Things are definitely complex and as the relationship begins to hint at the possibility of more, there are additional complications and painful facts that must be dealt with. This story has so much heart, so much emotion, and a gripping medical drama. As with book one in this series, there is a side story in Step by Step. It looks like book three will be focused on the character, Sloane, from that side story. She is a character that is not easy to like, so it will be interesting to see how the author crafts her tale. I loved Step by Step from the very beginning to the wonderful and perfect ending!
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
I remember feeling somewhat unsatisfied at the end of book one, By Your Side. I felt like the story line with Taylor And Seth felt unfinished. I was thrilled to see the focus of book two was on Taylor and Seth. Seth and Taylor were easy to relate with and love. They both had heart aches in their past and they were trying to move on.There was a chemistry between them from the beginning. My heart broke for Taylor as she approached the third anniversary of her husband's death as his beloved dog was getting sicker and sicker. The story was very good. It had romance and tension. The one thing it didn't have was a mystery. Book one had a sniper killing people, this book didn't have anything of that level. Normally that would bother me, but the author did such a great job telling Seth and Taylor's story I didn't mind that missing component. I would definitely recommend this story to family and friends. If you enjoyed book one of the Crisis Team this one is better. If you're new to Calvert but like Richard Mabry or Harry Kraus you'll enjoy this one. Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest 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.
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
I loved By Your Side, book one in the Crisis Team Series, so I was really looking forward to this second book, Step By Step. I had high expectations and wasn't disappointed by the great mix of medical suspense, action and romance. Taylor Cabot is recovering from the death of her husband. After three years of grief and pain, she is ready to slowly work her way through her survival checklist for a new start at life. But a beautiful day at the beach turns to tragedy when a light airplane crashes into hundreds of people celebrating the San Diego kite festival. Onsite when the tragedy unfolds, Taylor, ER nurse, jumps into action. The day also brings Taylor back into contact with Seth Donovan, who responds to the plane crash as part of his role as Crisis Team chaplain. Taylor hopes meeting with Seth will be a short and painless reunion, but his solid approach to their friendship seems determined to question why she is removing herself from the crisis team and discover how she is really coping with her grief. The events that follow rattle Taylor, forcing herself to question both her past and her dreams for the future. This book had the whole range of emotions, everything from heartache to joy and hope. Nearing the conclusion of the story I had tears streaming down my face and by the end I couldn't wipe off my smile. There was also a great mix of suspense and a gradual build up of tension. There are some pretty intense scenes, including the plane crash at the start, medical emergencies and even a car chase. But the focus of this book is emotional trauma, and there is plenty of it. It certainly made for an addictive read and a touching story. The romance is incredibly sweet. Taylor is determined to move on, but keeps getting blind-sided by the people and events of her life. I loved Seth. Taylor describes him as a big, well-worn teddy bear mixed with a fearsome warrior. Messy dark hair in need of a trim, broad shoulders, leather jacket and lab pup in tow. Where can I sign up? But Seth too has a past, one he has struggled with and learnt from, and which helps him understand what Taylor is going through. Their friendship is complicated, and their road to a deeper relationship is neither smooth nor easy, but it certainly makes for enjoyable reading. Step By Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series. While Taylor's story started in book one, you could read this book as a standalone as all the necessary details are provided to make this a complete storyline. Though please note, it's much more fun to read both books one and two in this fantastic series. I can't wait to see which character will continue the story in book three (I'm guessing Sloane has quite a story to tell and I would love to see her get her own happily ever after). It was also nice to reacquaint with Aimee, Taylor's cousin who readers might recognise from Candace Calvert's short story The Recipe, which appeared in the anthology The Chance of Loving You. These little touches of a diverse and widespread community of hospital staff, law enforcement, first responders and crisis team members makes stepping into Step By Step's world of medical action and suspense so enjoyable. I can't wait for book three and highly recommend Step By Step. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Step by Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. When I started reading this book, I did not realize this was a series, much less the second book in that particular series. However that did not keep me from enjoying this book. The characters are easy to like or dislike and the story line is not too challenging to follow. Candace Calvert knows “her stuff” when it comes to writing medical mysteries and Step by Step does not disappoint. Good, clean fiction books are getting harder and harder to find. Candace Calvert is an author you can depend upon to give you good characters and good story lines; and when an author also includes in her writings the underlying note that ultimately God is in control, then that is a win-win all around and Step by Step falls in this win-win category. (rev. P.Howard) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
In Step by Step by Candace Calvert we finally get Taylor and Seth’s story and you will not be disappointed. If you read By Your Side which was book one in the Crisis Team series you met Taylor and Seth briefly. Taylor’s husband died three years ago. There is a little mystery surrounding the night her husband died. She has moved and created a list of things to accomplish to get her life back together. I was chuckling over her activity bracelet and tracking of everything she ate. In today’s world that is very relevant. Seth is a Crisis Team leader and is in San Diego for training. He is thrilled to see Taylor again and disappointed that she seems to be moving on with another man. The story really hit home for me with Taylor’s dog being so sick. I recently had a friend experience something similar. There were a couple times in the book that I teared up. There is so much I could share but I don’t want to ruin any of the little special treats that Candace sprinkles throughout the book. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
This is the second story in the Crisis Team series. In the first book, By Your Side, you meet Seth and Taylor, the main characters in this story. It does give you some back story in how they know each other and some of the things they went through. That being said you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one. Step by Step takes place in San Diego where Taylor is attempting to start over. Seth is worried about Taylor and when he has an opportunity to train new volunteers he takes the chance to check up on her. Taylor has plans, and doesn’t like straying from them. She feels that if her life is planned and she can check off all the items on her survival list that she can finally move on. It’s been almost 3 years since her husband died, and although she doesn’t have all the answers, Taylor feels it’s time to move on. When she sees Seth again, her plans seem harder to accomplish. Stepping away from the Crisis Team seems like a step forward for her, and Seth doesn’t understand why. In his mind Taylor is the perfect person to be on the Crisis Team, even though it’s far from easy. Can they both learn to lean on God and wait for what he has in store? Or will they rush to fight for what they think is best and get in His way. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense. I enjoyed getting to know some of the secondary characters, and look forward to reading the next book in this series. Calvert kept my interest and had me guessing what was going to happen next. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death. While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man. When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list? I had trouble getting into this book. The characters were ok. It seemed every time I turned a page a new character was introduced. Evidently characters from the previous book were in the book too. I had trouble keeping who was who straight. Taylor was trying to overcome the loss of her husband so she moves to a different town and starts a new life there. The only problem she had was she brought all of her baggage with her. As she struggles to find her way, the handsome plastic surgeon is there to lend assistance. Also there, is Seth the Crisis Team manager come to assist the new recruits in San Diego. Of course Seth wants to help Taylor as well. Sloan’s story seems disjointed. I realize she had a part in Taylor’s story. But there should have been either more information about her or less. What we got was confusing to me. I have read other books by Candace Calvert and have enjoyed them. I usually go back and re read books. This will not be one of those books. I would tell my friends it was an ok book. Though not one I would highly recommend. I was given this book by the Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.