Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review: Disaster Status by Candace Calvert

Title: Disaster Status (Mercy Hospital bk.2)
Author: Candace Calvert

Date released: April 1. 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2544-6
Stars (out of 5): ****1/2
Age rating: PG-13:
There are a few kisses and issues such as: marital infidelity, traumatic family situations , post-traumatic stress and the like. There are a few "scary" parts when we get a some-what graphic glimpse into the head of a traumatized war veteran and what he saw while in the war.

Back cover (from Tyndale House):
Charge nurse Erin Quinn escaped personal turmoil to work on the peaceful California coast. But when a hazardous material spill places Pacific Mercy Hospital on disaster status and stresses staff, she’s put to the test. And thrown into conflict with the fire department’s handsome incident commander, who thinks her strategy is out of line. Fire Captain Scott McKenna has felt the toxic effects of tragedy; he’s learned to go strictly by the book to advance his career, heal his family, and protect his wounded heart. When he’s forced to team with the passionately determined ER charge nurse, sparks fly. As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction kindled between them . . . without getting burned?

My Thoughts:
I had first hear about the Mercy Hospital series on a fellow blogger's , Renee (a.k.a Steelergirl83), blogaversary and I instantly loved . Then, I heard from another friend that Tyndale was offering it up for review (Thanks Casey!), so I knew I had to put my name on the list. And I'm soooo glad I did. The story is about the strong and independent Erin Quinn, charge nurse at Pacific Point hospital. And Scott Mckenna, a hunky firefighter who lives by the proverbial book. And when they butt heads, oh my! do the sparks fly. Now, from the cover I was expecting half the city to be burning down but, the book centers mainly on the ER, and it alone had enough drama and excitement to write more then a couple books. I liked Ms. Calvert's writing style and how her story just flowed, and at a good pace that wasn't too fast, but that wasn't so slow that you'd fall asleep There were several different stories going on at the same time and yet the blending of them all into the one story plot, wasn't overwhelming or confusing. My only "thing" with Disaster Status was Erin Quinn. I LOVED all the other characters (well,...maybe not Sarge so much) but, Erin kind of grated on my nerves the way she was always so impatient and anxious. She just annoyed me little during the story but, perhaps that was the feeling Ms.Calvert was trying to illicit from the reader. And towards the end, Erin eventually won me over. Overall, Disaster Status is a great story that is full romantic tension, a little suspense, and charged with a whole lot of drama. And the ending of this book, had me in major need of an oxygen mask and maybe a gurney or two to faint upon. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves ER , House or a great dramatic romance.

*My many thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing a review copy of Disaster Status. This is my honest opinion of this book and is in no way influenced by the author and/or the publisher*

If you liked to know more about Candace Calvert and her books (and believe me you will. She is just a fantastic writer) go to:
I can't wait for Code Triage: Mercy Hospital bk 3.!!!

Love Y'all,


  1. Aaaaaaaaaamen! GREAT BOOK! CAN'T WAIT TO READ 1 AND 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Critical Care is just as good as Disaster Status and I'm sure Code Triage will be as well! BTW Code Triage is up for pre-order on Amazon ;-)

    Wonderful review Ash, as always and i'm glad that I didn't steer you wrong with this series LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. I can't wait to read these! I told my husband they will give me a peek into his world. :)

  4. Thank you, Ashley, for this enthusiastic and thoughtful review of my second Mercy Hospital book. I particularly like that you "got" the flaws that feisty Erin Quinn had to overcome: from pushy, stubborn, can't-sit-still fighter . . . to a wiser woman who can take a deep breath, listen for God's voice . . . and maybe even forgive.
    Tough order for all of us, I'd say.

    Again, I appreciate your time in doing this great review.



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