Book Review: Maybe It’s You

Maybe It's You by Candace CalvertWith a threatening past, a young girl in trouble, and a romance on the horizon, Maybe It’s You has all the makings of a good romantic suspense novel.

ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past — new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards. Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell. Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past. Can hope spring from crisis?

Candace Calvert’s latest novel tends to be rather middling, neither compelling nor boring, interesting but a little bit forgetable. I appreciated the inclusion of a “regular” job — Micah’s position working in marketing for the hospital (I myself work in media for a nonprofit). This novel had something of a slow start, but progressively improved as the story deepened.

Sloane was likable, if not entirely believable, and Micah comes across as a pretty realistic character. Sloane’s back story is a little difficult to swallow, that she remains in such danger due to the actions of a person now wholly unconnected with her is a stretch. For secondary characters, Zoey sparks some interest and adds a new level to Sloane’s story. It’s easy to see why Sloane would get pulled into the young woman’s troubles.

I found Micah’s volunteer work on a crisis team interesting. Having once been served by a police officer filling a relatively similar role, I can see how critical that person can be during crises of all sorts. While authorities must handle investigations, victims and those peripherally impacted by crime or crisis also need to be tended to. This book does pique my interest in this role, which is a wonderful thing. I hope books like this convince everyday people to reach outside of themselves and do something similar to serve their communities.

The theme of forgiveness runs throughout the novel, as does the idea of leaving the past behind. But we see through Sloane’s life that one cannot occur without the other. To truly move forward, one must forgive the hurts of the past. And to forgive, one must be willing to let go and move on. These are important ideas that impact nearly everyone living in a broken and hurting world.

Overall, Maybe It’s You was a mediocre read. For those who love a solid, easy inspirational romance, this is a book for you. For those looking for something more, a creative new plot line or truly impactful characters, this book will likely fall short.

I received a complimentary copy of
Maybe It’s You from Tyndale House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

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