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Code Triage (Mercy Hospital, Bk 3) Paperback – October 1, 2010
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First the problem I had getting through the book. When I read that Nick had had an affair I pretty much just wanted to close the book! I have no patience for cheating spouses, especially one that is supposed to be the hero of the story! I totally get that people make mistakes and I totally love how God restores marriages, BUT it is just one of those instant dislikes that I have in my reading. So throughout me reading this book that was a constant sour note in the experience. The rest of the story was GREAT! I loved the suspense, the danger that was portrayed, and I even liked Sam's character as an almost "Fatal Attraction" type woman. I loved the lessons that Nick and Leigh learned about themselves and the growth they had through their situation. I enjoyed Frisco's drama as well and his relationships with a little girl who wouldn't speak and a wounded little donkey. This is the 3rd book in the Mercy Hospital books and as par for the course for me, I have read them out of order, but I don't think it mattered in the understanding of the story. If you are a fan of hospital drama's then I would recommend checking the series out.
The only negative thing I have to say is, at the beginning of the book, it was a little hard to digest all the information from the rather lengthy sentences. However, I came to realize this was mainly because there were other books in the series before this one, and I was catching up on the characters and what had happened.
All the characters, Leigh, Nick, Samantha, Caroline, and Riley are so real and believable. Even though I didn't always like it, I could understand their hurts and thought processes. I normally like historical Christian fiction, and I was surprised to find how much I liked this contemporary one. I have a new author to follow. Candace Calvert may even be better than Karen Kingsbury or Francine Rivers.
As one reviewer noted, part of the reason this is a great book is because it lets you see the inner lives of doctors, police officers, and other rescue workers. These people risk their lives protecting civilians like me, and I have nothing but appreciation for them. Meeting Nick and Leigh is like spending real time with two of the best. Both heal and rescue others without thought of who they are or where they've been, as good rescue workers should. Both are tenacious, stubborn, impulsive, and determined to get the job done, and I loved them for it.
The marital and spiritual arcs are well written, too. Both these people are hurting, and their actions and reactions are both understandable and heart-wrenching. Leigh in particular has more reason than you would think to distrust Nick; reading about her childhood gave me a lot of insight into this character. Many authors wouldn't go that deep, and I appreciate that Candace does. I also love how she gives Nick and Leigh interests outside their work--Leigh's riding and Nick's cooking and lemon tree--and uses them as symbols for emotional and spiritual growth.
The lockdown scene is breath-holding suspenseful, and Nick and Leigh are heroes throughout, although still struggling with their own inner demons. Some secondary characters, like a social worker and a young foster kid named Maria, help them tie up the loose ends. There's even a difficult, yet endearing horse and a rehabilitated donkey on the scene to lend aid.
I've only read this book once, but will pick it up again soon. I encourage you to read it too, especially if it's for the first time.
This book has many lives becoming involved. Seems doctors and cops always have patients, down on their luck people and confusion going on around them. Sometimes it takes a lot of prayer for all to be better.
I hope you will read and enjoy this book too.
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