I've enjoyed reading quite a few of Candace Calvert's novels. They are Christian fiction/romance reads that typically feature men and women in service jobs such as police officers, doctors, etc. She has several series, and although the books in the series can each be read as a stand alone, they are focused on the same area and feature some of the same people. By Your Side is one of the Crisis Team series, a series that focuses on the Sacramento Hope hospital in California.
From the book's description:
ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.
Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.
When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?
I was looking forward to this read based on previous Candace Calvert novels, and I wasn't disappointed. The characters in the story are interesting and compelling and are well-developed. The action moves quickly, keeping me anxious to come back to the story to keep reading. There is spiritual encouragement and inspiration without any "preachy" feel. There is a sweet romance that develops. The side characters have stories going on also, which makes me want to look for future books that might tell their stories. It was just a good book all around.
My one minor complaint is that the ending felt a little rushed. I liked the way it ended, but things almost seemed to work out and come together too quickly. Or maybe it was just because I didn't want the story to end.
I give By Your Side 4 stars and a PG rating for content. You can find it on Amazon here:
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.
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