Item description for Could I Have This Dance? (Claire McCall) by Harry Kraus...
Overview The first female to graduate from medical school in her home town despite a dysfunctional family, Claire encounters a patient with a rare medical condition whose symptoms remind her of father's own behavior, a discovery that makes her fear for her siblings and her own career. Original.
Publishers Description You can t dance this dance unless it s in your blood. Claire McCall is praying it s not in hers. Claire McCall is used to fighting back against the odds. Hard work, aptitude, and sheer determination have helped her rise from adverse circumstances to an internship in one of the nation s most competitive surgical residencies. But talent and tenacity mean nothing in the face of the discovery that is about to rock her world. It s called the 'Stoney Creek Curse' by folks in the small mountain town where Claire grew up. Behind the superstition lies a reality that could destroy her career. But getting to the truth is far from easy in a community with secrets to hide. As a web of relationships becomes increasingly tangled, two things become apparent. One is that more than one person doesn t want Claire to probe too deeply into the 'Stoney Creek Curse.' The other is that someone has reasons other than the curse for wanting Claire out of the picture permanently. Somewhere in the course of pursuing her career as a surgeon, Claire lost touch with the God who called her to it. Now she realizes how desperately she needs him. But can she reclaim a faith strong enough to see her through this deadly dance of circumstances?"
From Publishers Weekly Dr. Claire McCall is on a mission to discover the truth behind the Stoney
Creek curse in Kraus's sixth book, a well-written medical thriller with
romantic and inspirational overtones. Claire puts the backwards town of Stoney
Creek, Va., and her "cursed" alcoholic father, Wally, behind her as she begins
a grueling medical internship at Lafayette University Hospital near Boston.
Yet as her father exhibits classic signs of Huntington's disease (or "the
dance" in medical slang, from which the title is gleaned), Claire wonders
whether the legendary curse might be due to genetics, rather than
superstition or alcoholism. Fearing for her future, she turns up information
that leads to puzzlement over her and her twin brother Clay's paternity. As
her world crashes around her, Claire becomes confused about her faith and
ponders how a loving God could orchestrate her disastrous circumstances.
Claire is fallible and multidimensional, and the narrative palatably combines
suspense, medical instruction, romance, humor and faith. However, like many
recent CBA novels, this one is too long, and a little judicious editing might
have smoothed the pacing in spots. Reader credibility will also be stretched
when Claire shares a great deal of personal information with hunky intern
Brett Daniels, or a little too conveniently keeps stumbling over her
undergraduate genetics project, which holds clues to her present dilemma.
However, Kraus's experience as a general surgeon lends authenticity to his
medical descriptions, and the curveball conclusion makes the long read
worthwhile. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Could I Have This Dance? (Claire McCall) by Harry Kraus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/2002 page 288
Publishers Weekly - 02/11/2002 page 163
Romantic Times - 03/01/2002 page 86
CBA Retailers - 03/01/2002 page 74
Christian Retailing - 03/18/2002 page 11
Booklist - 04/15/2002 page 1380
Library Journal - 06/01/2002 page 122
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 12, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Claire McCall
ISBN 0310240891 ISBN13 9780310240891 UPC 025986240899
Availability 0 units.
More About Harry Kraus
Harry Kraus is a board-certified general surgeon who has practiced both in the US and abroad in Kenya as a medical missionary with Africa Inland Mission. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including Could I Have This Dance?
Reviews - What do customers think about Could I Have This Dance??
The full story is told in two novels - not just one. Aug 26, 2006
Could I Have This Dance? is an interesting book about one woman's willingness to look past childhood hurts to find an answer to a medical mystery. But the full story arc, which takes shape in this book, only reaches resolution in the follow-up novel, For The Rest Of My Life.
Why is that important to note? Because the full answers don't come until the second book. You'll finish reading this one and still have questions that can only be answered by the next book. Neat marketing trick, sure, but very frustrating to readers.
Do A Little Dance Mar 3, 2006
Could I Have This Dance? focuses on one woman's struggle between her past and her future, her heart and her head, and her Christian walk and the distractions of medical life. The story weaves Claire McCall's demanding hospital experience together with her small-town slower-paced upbringing, and illustrates clearly the turmoil she undergoes in her relationship with her family, her denial and then acceptance of Huntington's disease, and her ambivalent feelings toward two young men in her life.
The story is a fast-paced medical thriller, detailing interesting particulars about hospital procedures and rare diseases. However, the tale behind the medical scene deals with Claire's spiritual struggles, her character development from the purpose-driven M.D. who despises her father to a fuller woman with a developing love for both her earthly father and her Heavenly one. This maturity of Claire's nature makes it easy for the reader to identify more closely with the story as a whole.
However, certain sections of the book must work harder to fall into the story's rhythm, and consequently stand out as being unnecessary, or necessary, but in need of more development. When Claire first meets Brett Daniels at the beach, the story changes from an involved tale of Claire's struggle to remain in the competitive medical pyramid to a scene from a chick-lit novel - beautiful toned and tan female meets hard-muscled blonde life-guard type and a long time of commitment to her fiance flies out the window after one meeting with another man who carries on a normal conversation with her.
In spite of these scenes, though, the book does well, and the story remains well worth the read.
wonderful book Aug 17, 2004
I was very drawn into this book. I am not a "reader" but wanted something light, educating and interesting and this was it! As I read this book, my sister was in the hospital so I was more drawn into the life of Claire as a resident and found unbelievable Godly interventions. While reading something in the book, my sister happened to be going thru similiar situations. My only discontent was the ending of the story. It was out of place and very strange. I did learn so much about things I knew nothing about (Huntingtons and the life of a new resident ) I have strongly recommended the book to many of the nurses I encountered while reading the book. Enjoy!!
Somewhat contrived May 18, 2004
The book is interesting and I did finish it, but I would not read the sequel. Does the sequel reveal whether Claire has the HD gene? I don't know and don't really care.
This book does a good job of portraying Huntington's Disease, but many things are just not believable: Why would a woman as smart as Claire, studying to become a doctor, tops in her class, take so long to figure out what is wrong with her father? Why would she give any credence to a superstitious belief in a "curse"? Why would a woman as smart as Claire get so involved with a fellow intern whom she hardly knows?
The characters are mostly one dimensional; there's the stereotypical rivalry between the only two women in the residency program; there's Claire's whiny fiance and the "hunky" fellow intern. The plot reminded me a lot of the Grace Livingston Hill books I used to read in the 40's and 50's: beautiful, smart, woman, torn between two suitors. There's not much substance here.
There is one issue here that I often see in discussions about Huntington's. When Claire believes her father's behavior is caused by alcholism, she wants nothing to do with him. When she discovers that his bad behavior is because of Huntington's she forgives him. Why?
Enjoy it for many reasons... Mar 26, 2003
Here's a winning fiction--a great story with many nuances.
I found this author did an excellent job at presenting the story in a way that demands your attention while molding the medical aspects of the story in a manner that is palatable to the non-clinical reader. It draws you in with a tempting mix of realism and romance. The characters were rich and interesting; their relationships were beautifully developed.
I was impressed with the author's style in presentation of Huntington's Disease as well as the cultural stigma that surrounds it--a nice blend of the clinical and the emotional. The realistic descriptions of the medical world surrounding the story make this a novel I'll enjoy recommending.