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Life Support (Grace Medical) Paperback – February 21, 2014

Book 3 of 3 in the Grace Medical Series

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Calvert brings readers back into her exciting world of hospital drama in the latest installment in her Grace Medical series (Rescue Team, 2013). Lauren Barclay works as a nurse in the ER, but her full-time job is worrying about her sister, Jess. In addition to having her life revolve around her sister’s whims and moods, Lauren struggles with the near-constant presence of Eli Landry, who works alongside her. There is tension between Lauren and Eli due to a shared history with Jess, but as they find themselves thrown together more and more often, they realize just how much they have in common. Both have put their lives on hold to care for their families’ challenges. When a storm sweeps in, all the trouble simmering beneath the surface rises to the top, and Lauren and Eli learn that being strong doesn’t always mean standing alone; in fact, faith and friends are what keep us standing in tough times. Calvert delivers again, and readers are sure to be thrilled by this novel’s excitement and romance. --Carolyn Richard

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Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family—and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?

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Product Details

  • Series: Grace Medical
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414361130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414361130
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all.

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital and Grace Medical) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to seven, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at:

Customer Reviews

She blends medical drama, suspense, and romance in a perfect blend.
Denise McFarland
In this book she takes a look at some tough problems..mental illness, domestic abuse and a permanently disabled family member.
I found this book to be very well-written and the characters just seemed to come to life.
Elizabeth Cundiff

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith Tulloch on March 1, 2014
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This has been my favorite medical romance series so far. These three books exceed all other medical romances I have read.
I loved books one and two but I think this is my favorite of the three. I loved Lauren and Eli's romance and what all they went thru. Emma, Eli's daughter, is such a joy. Then there is Drew, Eli's brother, I could go on and on. These three book in this series are the only books I have read by this author so far. Candace Calvert has become my favorite authors. I can't wait to read more of her books. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, THIS SERIES!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The NerdHerd Reads on March 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
So I could just feel that this was going to be my favorite in the series. Not sure why, but I just knew. And I was right. I also like how the author takes a secondary character in the previous book and makes them the main character in the next book, because Lauren was one of my favorite secondary characters and I'm glad we got her story as well.

I loved the characters. They definitely seemed real and believable. I think I liked Lauren more because I felt like I could relate to her. She spends so much time worrying about her sister and living up to her parents expectations that she's not really living life. Eli is a single father, fighting against his parents to protect his disabled brother. He is stubborn and yeah, maybe he does rub people the wrong way, but he has a good heart and only cares about taking care of his brother and daughter. And the secondary cast--Fletcher, Jessica, Gayla, Emma, Drew, the parents, everyone else--never seem secondary. They are as real and lovable as any main character.

I also love the different story lines that weave through the story. Calvert makes each story so complex, not in a way that would confuse the reader, but in a way that engages the reader's attention. Although the story is in third person, it shifts between focuses, and I love that we get to see a least some part from everyone's side (except, I realize as I type this, Jessica, which I think is significant). I especially love how she added a few scenes, albeit short, from Drew's perspective, bringing a voice to the mentally disabled.

This isn't just a medical chicklit type of book, or just a romantic fling. It is a deep, emotional book about faith and hope. Yet, it isn't all deep and serious. It is light, fun, and a very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Lynnt on August 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Life Support is the third book in the Grace Medical series by Candace Calvert. Trauma Plan is the first book while Rescue Plan is the second. All three books are completely independent of each other as a Christian medical series. Each book is a romance which touches on some serious yet interesting topics that are relevant for today's readers.

Lauren Barclay is a nurse in ER at Houston Grace Hospital. This is her home town where her parents and sister lives. Although she has worked at Austin Grace Hospital for a short time, she is back and taking up where she left off--helping her folks look after her younger sister, Jess. Jess was always a little bit unstable emotionally. For the most part, she would be normal, but once in awhile she became restless, impulsive, irresponsible; one time she even ran away. Her family, including Lauren, tip-toed around her, afraid of upsetting her fragile state of mind. Lauren figured that's what family was for. Helping her sister took a lot of her time and attention, but eventually Elijah Landry began to claim some of her time as well. This did not sit well with Jess because at one time she and Eli had a history.

Elijah Landry is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) in charge of the Urgent Care unit in the Houston Grace Hospital. When he and his brother Andrew were young, they enjoyed water sports with their dad. But one day Drew suffered a head injury that left him with brain damage and physical problems. Eventually he ended up in care facilities with serious health complications. Eli and his father, Judge Julien Landry, disagreed how Drew should be cared for, especially in emergencies such as the one at the opening of this book.

Eli had been friends with Jess once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Lancaster VINE VOICE on February 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love a good “medical drama” which I owe, by the way, for the most part to author Candace Calvert. She and I became acquainted via "tweets" a few years ago while she was writing her very first series. I was intrigued so I read the first book and was immediately hooked. You’ll want to check all of her books out. I’ll add some links to help you find them at the end of this review. They can be read separately or as part of a series. Each conveys its own unique message of hope while tackling some very tough issues.

Life Support was no exception in that it tackled tough subjects such as: single parenting, spousal abuse, addictions, mental illness, and caregiver’s concerns. I’m certain that this is not an all conclusive summation but those were some of the issues that stood out to me as I read.

What I really loved about this book is the way Candace manages to deal with this potpourri of dilemmas from more than one point of view. Both those suffering from these issues and their family members and friends were portrayed in the story line. And it is all very believable. I quickly connected with the characters and found myself emotionally invested. Why, because I could relate. And if you've lived upon this earth for any length of time, you’ll be able to find yourself within the pages of this book at some point, too.

Take a handful of characters that are a part of the medical profession in one way or another. Scoop in several scenarios which include the pains and pressures of life. Add some mystery and intrigue. Knead in a little romance, neither too bland nor too spicy. Mix in a looming hurricane not unlike Katrina. Throw in a pinch of faith, a smidgen of grace, and a large measure of hope and what do you have?
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