by Hannah Alexander
Trade Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: October 1, 2002
Source: Bought through Half.com.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Illegal drugs are killing the kids of Dogwood Springs--a big city problem that Dr. Grant Sheldon thought he'd left behind when he moved to this small, peaceful town. Distracted by a lawsuit and problems with his mother, he's not able to be there to keep his twin children out of trouble or when Lauren needs him.
Lauren is drawn to Grant and his twins, but she is concerned that her feelings for them conflict with her recent commitment to remain single. A series of tragedies leaves her questioning her reasons for moving to Dogwood Springs. Drawn from real-life experiences, Hannah Alexander interweaves the lives, loves, and spiritual struggles of hospital personnel with the high drama of ER action.
Necessary Measures is a Christian medical suspense novel. It's the second book in a series. You don't have to read the previous novel to understand this one, but I'd recommend doing so anyway as it's a good book and you'll enjoy this one even more if you do.
The characters were interesting and complex. The various characters dealt with real issues in realistic ways. There were quite a few viewpoint characters in this novel. All of them had major troubles at the same time, so it felt a little...overwhelming. If I hadn't gotten emotional connected with half of these characters in the previous book, I'm not sure I'd want to stick it out with all of them in this one. There was plenty of suspense--from relationships, a lawsuit, job stress, sleuthing danger, medical emergencies, etc.
The Christian characters' faith affected their decisions and everyday life, and the Christian elements felt like a natural part of the story. Christianity was portrayed in a realistic manner, from how Christians often act to how the non-Christians reacted.
There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful novel.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.
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