Step by Step
by Candace Calvert
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Released: Feb. 1, 2016
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.
While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?
Step by Step is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It's the second book in a series, but it has different main characters and functions as a stand-alone novel.
Seth's father died recently, and he struggled between continuing as a crisis chaplain or running his father's stores as his father expected. Taylor dealt with unanswered questions about her husband's death. She desired peace and hoped that taking control of every detail of her life would help her move past her grief.
The story started with a plane crash, ended with a highway car pile-up, and had a number of ER emergencies in between. The main theme was how people deal with grief, and we see crisis chaplains in training and in action. One of the main characters was also being harassed because her ex-boyfriend ran up gambling debts using her money. Yet much of the story was Seth and Taylor realizing how much they have in common as they move toward emotional healing.
The Christian characters showed their faith in how they were willing to help others and forgive wrongs. Taylor also came to realize where true healing and peace come from. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable novel.
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