“Life Support” by Candace Calvert reintroduces us to nurse Lauren Barclay, who has relocated to Houston Grace Hospital’s ER to keep an eye on her troubled younger sister, Jessica. Lauren worries that Jess, who works as a registration clerk at the hospital and has made a series of reckless choices in the past, is returning down her same dangerous path.
Single dad Eli Landry, a physician assistant at the ER, is in a battle with his father, Federal Judge Julien Landry, over the care of his older brother Drew, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a boating accident years ago and continues to suffer life-threatening respiratory problems.
As Hurricane Glorietta and her tornado offspring bear down on Houston, both Lauren and Eli must learn to weather the storms of life. Lauren must learn to “let go and let God” and not sugar coat her sister’s increasingly erratic behavior. Eli must first of all to believe again in God’s mercy and then hand over Drew’s care to God and His healing hands. They must both trust in God’s protection.
You will fall in love with Eli’s daughter, Emma, and their blind, diabetic dog Shrek, as well as the care home, Mimaw’s, that cares for Drew and is run by the Viette clan. But within the sweet, funny moments, this book hits on some heavy topics too – resuscitation, bipolar issues, and drug and spousal abuse.
A common theme running throughout “Life Support” is we have a “hope and a future,” reflecting the promises from my favorite verse – Jeremiah 29:11. The characters in Calvert’s novel must learn to believe that God does truly have both a hope and a future for them.
This book will leave you with a feeling of hope, no matter what dark storms you are weathering.
Five stars out of five.
Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.