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Five Fall Favorites: Medical!

I think this post is my favorite of my Five Fall Favorite posts for this year! There are so many good books in it, and they are so lovable!

Drop your backpack by the door, grab some hot chocolate, and join us in discussing some wonderful books!

Make sure to enter the giveaway, there are so many good books in it!

Now on to the books!

Freedom by Faith Potts

Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out. 

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?

My Thoughts

I beta read this wonderful and heartbreaking novel for Faith and have been waiting for this book to come out since. And wow, wow, wow, wow! I forgot just how hard and good this book was. James, one of many men (and women) who struggle with PTSD, and also fight with suicidal thoughts and too many can’t find a way out. This novel shows how hard it is for the people struggling with PTSD and their families and loved ones. Freedom brings to light that there is another way – other than suicide. Faith’s previous works are great stories but this one is the best.
The characters are each broken in their own way and come from relatable and hurting pasts but it didn’t end there for them.
The theme of freedom in this book is so strong and it keeps coming back to freedom with God’s love but not in a preachy way.
Freedom is one of my new favorite books.
Since this book has such hard content the book is better for 16/18 up though I give it five stars, it deserves more but that’s impossible.

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

After facing desperate heartache and loss, Mercy agrees to escape a bleak future in London and join a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph leaves home and takes to the sea as the ships surgeon to escape the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.

My Thoughts

Genre: Romance, historical, fiction.

My Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars.

My Favorite Character/s: Mercy was so different (in a good way, I promise!), her character so strong and kind — never caring for herself, but for others. I don’t really understand where she was coming from and it was nice getting to see why she did what she did.

My Verse for Mercy is Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, (King James Version.)

Joseph was a wonderful character and he was so good for Mercy even if they didn’t know it at first, and I enjoyed reading when he put a curtain . . . Mr. Collins (Pride and Prejudice) like character in his place. 😉

My Verse for Joseph is Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (King James Version.)

My Thoughts: In the past, I’ve heard of Bride Ships, the idea of them was odd, interesting, and yet slightly romantic and scary . . . I guess?

I’ve read Mrs. Hedlund’s books before and enjoyed them, which led me to sign up for the launch team with little hope of getting on since I hadn’t been on any launch teams for the author before . . . But, after a while, I got an email saying I got a place and to expect my ARC paperback in the mail soon. Long story short I got it in the mail a few weeks later and, um, read it within hours. I just couldn’t put it down, the romance was perfect, the characters bond so sweet and loving. In all this is a wonderful novel from Hedlund!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it.

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren

Rescuing Aria Sinclair is just what former SEAL Jake Silver needs in order to redeem his past mistakes. Keeping her distance from Jake is what Aria needs to protect her heart. As a hurricane turns paradise into peril, they must save themselves and others in this story of second chances and survival–and the cost of both.

My Thoughts



Wow, wow, wow. Yes, I know this is such an elegant way of showing how much I love this book. *rolls eyes*

I’ve put off writing my review of The Heart of a Hero a month now. You know why? Because I have no idea how to do a review of a top five favorite book so far this year without spoiling it.

From The Way of the Brave we could see that Jake had a past. A sad one. I just didn’t know how sad or painful it would be.

Aria also had such a sad past that was hinted at, and we found out a bit about what had transpired in her life, in The Heart of a Hero we see so much more about her.

Now, I really don’t know how to say more about this book, except that if you are a romantic suspense reader you have to check this series out!

Oh, and I hope that Ellie may get her own book… Hint hint.

I know this is my worst review ever but I just don’t know how to give a better review without giving away spoilers, of which there are many!

(16 up due to dealing/mentioning past sins.)

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Critical Care by Candace Calvert

After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She’s determined to make a fresh start–new hospital, new career in nursing education–move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she’s called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion.

Worse, she’s forced back to the ER, where she clashes with Logan Caldwell, a doctor who believes touchy-feely counseling is a waste of time. He demands his staff be as tough as he is. Yet he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator . . . who just might teach him the true meaning of healing.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book, like, a lot! And it is differently a book I will get in paperback. I just want to mention that there is a character that is divorced so you know before hand. There are mentions of drinking, addiction, and a few other things that make this book for more mature readers.

Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

Some fears haunt you …

When ballistics and weapons expert Rick Cannon learned the Department of Defense had developed self-steering bullets that show 100% accuracy and make even a gun novice a lethal sniper, he feared they would eventually end up in the wrong hands.

Until they become reality.

That fear comes true when a vet is killed with stolen “smart bullets.” Rick and his FBI task force, nicknamed The White Knights, are soon charged with finding and stopping the killer. Rick enlists the help of the victim’s therapist, Olivia Dobbs, who is well known for her success in counseling military vets with PTSD. But when the killer sets his sights on their key witness, Rick must rely on the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a
kill shot to take Olivia out

My Thoughts

Rick was a cool guy to read about and I loved getting to see his part in F.B.I. But the not so great parts of his story were sooo sad and he needed someone to love him. ;D Maybe like a therapist? (Suicide, mentions of abortion, bad guys, and murders take place.)

These are some of my favorite books, really high on my book list.


28 responses to “Five Fall Favorites: Medical!”

  1. Freedom is on my Top 5 list for today as well! ❤


  2. Yessssss Freedom!! I haven’t read any of the others, but I think they may have to jump on my tbr. 😉


    1. You would likely enjoy “Kill Shot!”


  3. Kill Shot and Reluctant Bride sound really cool XD


  4. I’ve read “Freedom”, but I haven’t heard of the rest of these.


    1. Did you enjoy “Freedom?!”


  5. Candace Calvert is a favorite of mine!


    1. I know… You got me hooked on her!


  6. I haven’t read any of these, but they all sound so good!


    1. I’ve seen Freedom suggested several times..starting to get interested!! 🙂


      1. You very well should be! 😀


  7. Gotta say “Freedom” is my favorite. 🙂


  8. Thanks for the shoutout! 🙂


  9. Ooh! These all sound really intriguing! A friend of mine recommended “Freedom” to me, so it’s already on my TBR (which is growing taller every day!).


    1. Oooh, I hope you read it soon!


  10. I love “Freedom” by Faith Potts!


  11. Grace Elizabeth Avatar
    Grace Elizabeth

    I’ve heard of Freedom several times, but I’ve never read any of these…


    1. You definitely need to read “Freedom!”


  12. I haven’t read any of these! I have read a couple books by Candace Calvert, but not the one you mentioned.


    1. Did you like Candace Calvert’s books?!


  13. Ohhhh I’m definetly interested in “Critical Care”! Thats the 2nd time I’ve seem it on these lists. Guess its pretty good! 😉


    1. I actually read it when I saw Sarah’s review of another of Candace Calvert’s books a while ago!


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