Courage Under Fire Dr. Reed Macauley has spent years helping firefighters deal with their problems and the stress of their jobs. He has the utmost respect for these courageous men and women. But Reed - a former firefighter himself - questions his own courage. And he's battling demons that keep him from letting anyone get too close.Dr. Delaney Shaw isn't just anyone, thougCourage Under FireDr. Reed Macauley has spent years helping firefighters deal with their problems and the stress of their jobs. He has the utmost respect for these courageous men and women. But Reed - a former firefighter himself - questions his own courage. And he's battling demons that keep him from letting anyone get too close.Dr. Delaney Shaw isn't just anyone, though. She's the woman who loves him, and she's trained to chase demons - even from strong, brave, stubborn men like Reed....
|Title||:||The Fire Within|
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|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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The Fire Within Reviews
5 stars for this wonderful book.This may be my favorite in this series. Kathryn Shay gets into the characters in a way that captures the essence of what they are going through and me it real. Battling Pstd as these firefights and others do is brought to life in a very real way. This series is outstanding and I highly recommend it along with any others by Kathryn Shay.
Never Far Away: Rockford Fire Department Book 4 is by Kathryn Shay. This book deals with PTSD and its effect on firemen and their families. It is an excellent book that will bring tears to your eyes. Dr. Reed Mcauley suffered from PTSD from his time as a fireman in New York City. He knew this and knew the only way to deal with it was to control it and his emotions. He perfected this over the years and yet managed to help others. He had let his emotions get the better of him when he went to bed with Dr. Delaney Shaw. She was the best psychologist he knew and she dealt with children. She also worked with the fire department as her sister was a fireman. They had a very contentious relationship until New Year’s Eve when he kissed her and then went home with her. Now, after an episode with a nightmare, he knew he had to let her go before he hurt her like he had done to his ex-wife. He knew working with her would be rough; but he thought they could do it as long as they didn’t work closely together. Delaney Shaw had made a promise to herself that she would never let a man take over her thoughts and actions just because she loved him. She knew that men would never stay once you loved them. However, when it came to Reed, she couldn’t help herself. Now, how could she get over him when he refused to have her around. When the fire department started FAN- Family Assistance Network- to help families and firemen deal with the difficulties they faced and death when it inevitably came, they asked Reed to head the program and offered Delaney a chance to join working with the group by working with children. She declined because Reed wouldn’t like it. Then tragedy struck the fire family and she was drawn into working with FAN. How could they work together? Would she ever find out what was wrong with Reed? Could he ever get a grip on his PTSD?
This book really resonated with me. My daughter and I were on campus the day a non-student brought a gun on the site. I was one of the first adults to interact with him. He was rifling the venetian blinds of the principal's office from the outside. I couldn't see the gun so I reprimanded him, he turned and aimed the gun at me. I was able to back away and back into a building. My fellow teachers and I then spent the next hour getting our students to safety. My other difficulty was not knowing where my daughter was for forty five minutes. I trusted my colleagues to keep her safe, but it's not the same as knowing she's safe. The incursion was eventually contained with the shooting of the principal in the leg, thankfully a "minor, flesh wound."When we returned home, my ex was dismissive and continues to be about this incident till today. I still have nightmares every time there's a school shooting. We weren't offered any support at any time nor were our students. To see how PTSD for more serious situations continued over time, is really helping me to deal with the issues (there were some over cases of guns in my classroom).I have such high regard for firefighters and to see how the psychologists and firefighters and their families work together to get through tragedies is inspiring.
HeartwarmingThis was definitely the best book in the series. The author did a superb job capturing what it's like when someone is caught in the throes of untreated PTSD and also in depicting how the culture of firefighters (and law enforcement) makes it hard for them to seek treatment and let others provide them with support. I loved the way Delaney REFUSED to give up on Reed, she's a better woman than I am because I would have kicked his butt to the curb a LONG time ago. While I understood Reed's pain, he made me SO MAD with the callous way he treated Delaney when he was anxious that she was getting too close. I wasn't mad that he had PTSD, but frustrated that he didn't get help for it.I also loved the way the characters from the former books in the series were well interpreted into the story; they didn't just make cameo appearances but were intricately connected to the storyline. In the other books in the series I didn't like the ending bc they seemed too abrupt but this ending was just right. There are definitely a few tearjerker moments , so you probably need your hanky for this book. I hope Joey gets his own book soon, he deserves to have an HEA too!
Can PTSD be overcome by everyone?Another novel, on a difficult subject, handled with sensitivity and understanding. The main characters are both psychologists who are consultants for the fire department. They are working on establishing programs for the families of firefighters who have experienced deaths or serious injuries in their line of work. The emphasis, in this story, is on the trauma for everyone close to a firefighter and how best to help the spouses and children, as well as the person involved. Through this story is the romance developing between the main characters and how hard they have to struggle to overcome their own histories and PTSD.A moving, well handled story where there are no 'bad guys', but where damage from the past continues to adversely affect the present.
Dr. Reed Macauley suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome due to an incident when he was a firefighter and saw his friends shot to death in front of him. Reed can't talk about it with anyone, even with Dr. Delaney Shaw, the woman he loves.This was a chance to revisit the Rockford Fire Department and all the characters from the first book. It was a good ending to Shay's America's Bravest series. My rating: 4 Stars.
This was a pretty good book. Good characters and personalities, written well, some rough areas and sweet areas, plenty of emotions, tons of stubbornness, aggravation, friends and family, hope, and a great if ending. I wouldn't mind reading this again, but more as a refresher and I would definitely like to read more in the series an connected series. Good for any-time reading, cuddle/snuggle worthy, and sometimes a little emotional wrangling. Gotta love the smoke-eaters though. :)
Great seriesI absolutely love the author of these books. I loved the hidden cove series and these are even better. You will get addicted to the characters right from the start ....
Used - Good (Light spine creasing, shelf wear)
An interesting reading about firefighters and their search to tell with PTSD. Great story about 2 doctors who make an attempt to help one another.