Item description for For The Rest Of My Life (Claire McCall) by Harry Kraus...
Overview Claire McCall is determined to learn if she carries the gene for Huntington's Disease, but in the midst of her search for answers, she runs away from a potentially healthy, life-long relationship because of a misunderstanding. Original.
Publishers Description The riveting, emotional sequel to the best-selling Could I Have This Dance? Claire McCall, M.D., is haunted by the question: Does she have the gene for Huntington s Disease, the disease that disabled her father? This exciting sequel picks up with Claire moving back to Stoney Creek to work as a family physician and help her mother care for her disabled father. She rekindles her relationship with John Serelli and---just before she s going to find out if she carries the HD gene---discovers an engagement ring hidden in his car. When John fails to pop the question before learning the results of the test, Claire believes he is only interested in marrying her if she does not have the HD gene. She runs away from him without learning the results of the test, or the strength of his love. Claire copes with her romantic disappointment by plunging into her work. But a brutal rapist attacks three of Claire s patients, just as each young woman is recovering from a recent accident or surgery. When Claire has surgery for appendicitis, she herself is attacked. Only her trust in God can keep Claire safe."
From Publishers Weekly In Could I Have This Dance?, board-certified general surgeon Kraus spun the
inspirational tale of a physician who uncovered an undiagnosed pocket of
Huntington's disease ("HD," or "the dance") in her hometown and in her own
family. Here, Kraus picks up the story of Claire McCall, M.D., as she awaits
the outcome of her own genetic testing for HD. As Claire and her mother care
for her father, who is in the advanced and desperately debilitating stages of
the disease, she decides to postpone knowing whether she has it. Claire is in
love with John Cerelli and afraid of what the results of the test might mean
for their future. Her concern about the strength of John's love for her takes
a sudden turn, however, when a serial rapist begins victimizing her patients,
and John falls under suspicion. Does she know him as well as she thought? And
where is God in all of this? The reader will have to suspend disbelief in
places to enjoy the story, including a scene where John throws away an
expensive diamond ring and it finds its way to a new owner in an unlikely
manner. The author's practical experience as a doctor lends authenticity to
the plot and results in some detailed descriptions of medical conditions and
of the postrape examination of victims (which may be a bit graphic for the
novel's intended Christian audience). Brisk pacing keeps the pages turning,
and fans of the first novel will enjoy discovering how the romance between
Claire and John reaches a surprising conclusion. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed
Citations And Professional Reviews For The Rest Of My Life (Claire McCall) by Harry Kraus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 01/01/2004 page 69
Publishers Weekly - 11/03/2003 page 52
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.98" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Claire McCall
ISBN 0310249783 ISBN13 9780310249788 UPC 025986249786
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 For The Rest Of My Life?
A Wonderful Sequel May 27, 2004
Sometimes sequels don't live up to the first book, but this time Harry Kraus did a wonderful job of picking up where he left off. For The Rest of My Life continues the story of Dr. Claire McCall as she moves through her journey of self discovery. In the first book, Could I Have This Dance?, Claire learned that she is at-risk for Huntington's Disease. Claire wrestles with finding out her results and what it will do to her relationship with the man she wants to marry, but also with her career. I found her response to the disease, the testing, her father who has HD, and other conflicts true to life.
As the author of two non fiction books about Huntington's Disease and as a frequent speaker at HD conferences, I found the portrayal of the disease authentic. I like that the book focuses not only on the romance but on real- life issues and conflicts.
The Pacing was excellent and Dr. Kraus did an solid job of weaving the various story lines together to make for an engaging read. I found the characters realistic for the most part, and while I did manage to solve the mystery in one of the stories before it was revealed, I still enjoyed the way it played out.
Dr. Kraus once again did a great job at weaving faith into the novel without being heavy handed. The issues that Claire and others went through ate the same as what people are dealing with every day. This is a book I will recommend to the members of the Huntington's Disease community and others.
Carmen Leal, Author of Faces of Huntington's and Portraits of Huntington's, Choosing Joy Through Life Lessons