Good News Book Club Tying the Knot by Susan May Warren Buy book: $8.99
Following the success of Susan's first HeartQuest release, "Happily Ever After, her new novel will delight readers with its well-woven plot and hear-stirring romance. Anne yearns for a safe haven from her painful past. Former gang member Noah Standing Bear is also determined to leave a painful past behind. As her relationship with God and Noah deepens, Annie realizes that safety isn't temporal, it is eternal and that God's grace is sufficient to carry her through every moment--and to fill her with the courage to give her heart to the man she loves.
As a paramedic for Hennepin County EMS in Minnepolis, Minnesota, it is very difficult to read a work that is so factually incorrect, even if it is fiction.
There is an ordinance in our county which requires two paramedics, not "EMTs", to respond to all 911 calls. While paramedics are the highest level of EMT, the only provider ever referred to as an EMT is the most basic level. It would be similar to referring to an RN as a nurses aide.
The Minneapolis Firefighters are trained as EMTS, but they do not respond in ambulances. They do not transport patients--the primary care is provided by paramedics from Hennepin County. MFD only assists us on certain runs.
Paramedics do not stay at the scene of critical (or even minor) shooting victims to start IVs in the house. EMTs are not even certified to start IVs. While we do many advanced interventions in the home in medical patients, all interventions for trauma patients are done en route to the hospital, where they can be treated in surgery.
Even minor, non-medical things are erroneous, like the suburb of Deephaven, which the author incorrectly spells Deep Haven.
I'm sure reading this may be fine to someone who does not live and work in this setting. I have, however, read other fiction with local settings that are much more accurate.
I didn't know til I had already read the first 2 installments that this was supposed to be a romance, which is ok, just not usually my first choice. In spite of that, I thought the beginning was so good I've already ordered the book. Then I read the above message and see the part I liked so much was totally inaccurate! Oh, well, I've never been to Minnesota, so it will still be a good read for me . . .
Not a book that caught my interest right away. I was tempted to delete, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to just read the 5 installments but not put the book on my "to read" list. Afer all, one can't read them all, right?
Well, installment #5 did it for me! The book is on the list! After #4 I thought, "Nah, can't possibly be the same guy." But now I see that it is, and I'm a real sucker for those God-driven coincidences that you realize later on were not coincidences at all--just part of His plan!