Review: Step by Step by Candace Calvert

Step by StepStep by Step is book two in the Crisis Team series and can be read as a stand alone, however, the two main characters in this story appear quite a bit in book one and it really enhances the enjoyment of Step by Step to know them a little more from book one, By Your Side. After reading the first book in the series, I have been eagerly anticipating Step by Step and can definitely say that it exceeded my expectations.

The fact that Taylor and Seth have both lost their spouses years earlier sets these two up to have deep and emotional back stories. However, even those marriage relationships and the deaths of their spouses have additional complexities that have molded these two individuals into the people they are.

The friendship and bonding that Taylor and Seth experienced over the years on the Crisis Team they both serve on seems to be in jeopardy. Things are definitely complex and as the relationship begins to hint at the possibility of more, there are additional complications and painful facts that must be dealt with.

This story has so much heart, so much emotion, and a gripping medical drama. As with book one in this series, there is a side story in Step by Step. It looks like book three will be focused on the character, Sloane, from that side story. She is a character that is not easy to like, so it will be interesting to see how the author crafts her tale.

I loved Step by Step from the very beginning to the wonderful and perfect ending!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.


Step by StepThree 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?



Former ER nurse, wife, Mom and proud grandmother, Candace Calvert believes that love, laughter, and faith are the best medicines. Her popular medical fiction offers charismatic characters, pulse-pounding drama, romance, humor, suspense–and a prescription for hope. Think, “Grey’s Anatomy finds its soul.” She is . . .

A Northern California native who spent several years in Hill Country Texas–where she learned to check her shoes for scorpions and plucked an armadillo from her swimming pool. Thinks cruising is the best way to travel: honeymooned in Venice, swam with stingrays, rode a camel at the pyramids, and sang (badly) with a Newfoundland country band. She’s passionate about cooking, loves bird watching, gardening, and gets goose bumps when her handsome husband hits the low notes at karaoke. She writes inspirational fiction because . . .

God blessed her with a quirky wit, buoyant optimism, and a contagious sense of fun–but she didn’t come to know him until after the Triple Whammy that turned her life into a bad country song. A painful and unexpected divorce, the Northern California floods of 1997, and (just when she was coping like a champ, no problem) an equestrian accident that left her with fractured ribs, a bleeding lung, broken back, neck fractures and a spinal cord injury. She’ll tell you that God took drastic measures to get her attention.

In the months of rehabilitation, Candace healed in body and spirit. And came to fully understand the difference between being a strong woman and a woman of strength. The difference is faith, and that lesson has been her biggest blessing. Her story, “By Accident,” appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, and launched her writing career. Now . . .

She is honored to bring readers medical fiction that offers exciting entertainment and a healthy dose of hope.

You can connect with Candace on her website, blog, and on Facebook.

You can purchase your own copy of Step by Step by clicking on the book cover:

Step by Step


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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