Maybe It’s You by Candace Calvert
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Medical Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: February 3, 2017
How much sin is too much for God to forgive? Is God’s grace REALLY offered freely? What’s the catch?
Sloan (Wilder) Ferrell has 6 sobriety chips from AA in a cookie jar in her kitchen. The chips represent her promise to herself not to become a statistic like her mother. Her life up to this point has been anything but storybook perfect. Abused as a child by one of her mother’s boyfriends, Sloan grew up believing that her only worth lies in her beauty. Even as an adult, she is constantly reminded of this when her monthly shipment of Lucky Charms arrives – a prize she won in a childhood beauty pageant. Her scars are mostly on the inside but she has some new ones on the outside, the result of a horrific accident which nearly took both her own life and the life of her co-worker who was driving at the time. Since the accident she has dried out, changed jobs, changed cities and successfully avoided any notoriety. Her job as an ER trauma nurse at LA Hope is a chance for redemption not a place to socialize. Her “nights out”, which used to mean bar-hopping, are now spent attending AA meetings, one after the other. She has no time for men or dating, and she especially has no time for hospital PR man, Micah Prescott.
Micah was hired to improve the image of LA Hope but his first love is his service with the Crisis Team. His campaign, “The Face of Hope”, needs someone compelling, someone with a story, someone heroic. When he sees Nurse Ferrell rush headlong into a dangerous situation to protect a homeless girl, he fully believes he’s found just the person. Sloan is beautiful, compassionate with her patients, and one of the most competent nurses on staff. Sloan’s reaction to the mere suggestion that she apply, however, is off the charts negative. She attacks Micah’s character and his job, saying anything she can to make him go away, but when she sees him in action with the Crisis Team, she realizes that he is more than an Ad Man.
Will Sloan’s secrets scare Micah away or will he offer her the grace he knows God would give her? What happens when Sloan’s past and present collide? Will she choose to stay with what she knows or will she continue on the path to redemption?
Sloan Wilder made a strong impression in Crisis Team #2, Step by Step, and it was NOT a good impres-sion! I was a little bit leery about having her as the main character in Maybe It’s You but Candace Calvert has managed to make her, not only sympathetic, but heroic – a feat I didn’t think was possible after her choices in book 2. This book examines themes of forgiveness, redemption, deserving (as in, who de-serves God’s grace?) and abuses of all kinds. I am a fan of Candace Calvert’s, having read most of her books but this one was heart-wrenching. I would absolutely recommend it.
Rated PG-13: The main character is a recovering alcoholic and there are flashbacks to her former life which are pretty ugly. Also, several girls are trafficked, some coming to pretty horrible ends. This is not a book for children.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!