Contemporary Fiction, Review

Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert

Maybe It's You by Candace CalvertER 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?

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My Thoughts

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.

Sloane has been acting out of past hurts for so long, seems to me she’s forgotten what the root of her pain was in the first place. She’s been piling on hurts for years until a terrifying near-death experience has prompted Sloane to make a fresh start in just about every possible way. She craves safety and latches onto privacy and control in order to keep it. If Sloane could have survived under a rock, I’m sure that’s where you would have found her!

Micah’s work as a crisis responder is what gets him through his days as a hospital administrator. He hasn’t been the same since his experiences following the tragedy that struck his close-knit family. Micah is committed to easing the suffering of victims and survivors yet his own heart is still raw and aching. He’s drawn to Sloane despite her disdain for his marketing position and her overall hostility towards him and men in general.

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.


About the Author

Candace CalvertCandace Calvert is a former ER nurse and author of the Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical, and Crisis Team series. Her medical dramas offer readers a chance to “scrub in” on the exciting world of emergency medicine.

Wife, mother, and very proud grandmother, Candace makes her home in northern California.

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Also Available

Crisis Team series

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The Mercy Hospital series

 Disaster Status Code Triage

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The Grace Medical series

 Rescue Team Life Support

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Thanks to the author and publisher, I will be sending one fortunate reader a paperback copy of Maybe It’s You available to send to one fortunate reader!

Enter to WIN Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert at Faithfully Bookish!

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Readers, share your thoughts!
What are your favorite elements in a medical drama?
Have you ever made a fresh start?

52 thoughts on “Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert”

  1. I’m don’t know much about the medical profession. I don’t know many doctors or nurses, so I find it interesting.

    Thank you for the chance to win her book.



      1. It’s interesting, really, to find a balance with “jargon”–in these days of internet searches, WebMD, etc., folks are more savvy about medicine. I try not to talk “over” or “under” readers’ heads.


  2. I love how Candace Calvert uses her medical background in her books. She’s very knowledgeable but explains things in a way the reader can easily understand.


  3. I have always been hooked on medical dramas: ER, Strong Medicine, Greys Anatomy, and now Chicago MED. I recently discovered this author. I have not had a chance to read any of her stuff yet, but this one caught my eye 🙂


      1. Hi Connie, one of the main reasons I sort of “invented” inspirational “medical hope opera” was the popularity of those kinds of TV shows ( I go way back to Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare, and “Emergency”). But I wanted to give those kinds of stories a realistic and well rounded treatment–show the hearts behind the stethoscopes. And how faith is good medicine. I welcome you to “scrub in”!


  4. I enjoy the high speed action of the ER and what seems to be real life scenarios. Always makes me stop and be thankful not only for my own precious loved ones’ safety, but also for all of the doctors and nurses and their hard work. I have thoroughly enjoyed every Candace Calvert book I have read.

    I think we make fresh starts as we go through different seasons of life. Working through it now. Definitely not easy or for the faint of heart…but oh so thankful for my unfailing and always faithful Heavenly Father!


  5. Medical drama fiction is still fairly new to me but would love to try. I enjoy learning the lingo as well as reading the messages of those who face medical trials and death on a daily basis as medical staff. Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. This author is a great storyteller and giver of truths! I love stories where a character needs to keep his/her identity a secret.


    1. Hi Nancy! One of the best things about being an ER nurse was the camaraderie of my team–and those special, poignant moments with certain patients. Unforgettable connections. I like to think I’m inviting readers to experience that via my stories.


  7. I haven’t read any of Candace’s books yet, but I would guess with her background in the medical field they would come across as very authentic.
    I think being a doctor or nurse would be difficult, and not for everybody . So many different situations in one day that you might run across .


    1. Hi Patty. Yes, difficult–and wonderful. On an hourly exchange sometimes. I have never regretted choosing the ER as my field. And it’s great to be writing medical fiction now–and adding extra does of love, laughter and faith. I welcome you to “scrub in.”


    1. Hi Danielle. Got to say, (“seriously”) that if you love the “inner turmoil” of the medical team on Grey’s, you’d probably enjoy my books. Lots of turmoil–balance by touches of humor, romance and hope, always. Good luck on the giveaway!


  8. My mom is a retired LPN, and I’ve long been interested in all medical stuff. I like to read medical thrillers, and can understand most of the medical terms. I just think it’s a fascinating subject. Thank you for the giveaway chance!


  9. I have never read a medical drama before so its something I would like to try. My son is a nurse and I have been a patient too many times than I care to remember, so it would be interesting to see if the scenes and details are medically correct.


  10. I like a medical drama that features a crisis with people scrambling for a solution–something that could actually happen. Thanks for doing a giveaway!


  11. I love your expression of the medical jargon in a way that is entertaining and true to the medical profession. It’s wonderful to pair that with God’s love and hope for redemption and forgiveness. Wonderful job my friend.


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