Necessary Measures

(The Healing Touch #2)

by Hannah Alexander

Book Cover: Necessary Measures
Part of the The Healing Touch series:
Pages: 352

Dr. Grant Sheldon's move to Dogwood Springs wasn't the panacea he'd hoped for when he brought his children here, but with Christmas approaching and the chance of a new and lasting love hovering just beyond reach, he perseveres.

In addition to taking on more shifts in the ER, Lauren McCaffrey agrees to stay with Grant Sheldon's twin teenagers when he is forced to fight a frivolous lawsuit from his former life. She soon discovers that keeping track of two headstrong sixteen-year-olds carries some unexpected dangers as well as some overwhelming blessings.

After the hospital administrator falls ill, the ER is left under the questionable leadership of an unhappy doctor with his own private agenda and a painful personal life. In the midst of the turmoil both Grant and Lauren are forced to come to terms with the pain of loss. Can they also find the joy of hope renewed?

Necessary Measures combines the breath-catching pace of authentic emergency medicine with the comfort of small-town faith and values.



Praise for Hannah Alexander

"Hannah Alexander blends fast-paced emergency room drama with a colorful cast of characters to keep you on the edge of your seat. I wish I'd discovered this author sooner!" Terri Blackstock, author of the Moonlighters series and the Intervention series.


Publisher: // Independent Publication - Republished
Reviews:Wendy Sparkes on Goodreads wrote:

If you enjoy ER dramas and small town settings, then you'll probably enjoy this series. I was drawn into this story from the start and enjoyed the twists and turns in the lives of the ER staff, and also the wider community. There are a few ends that still need tying up, so I'm looking forward to getting Urgent Care - #3 in the Healing Touch Series & seeing what happens next!

This story does continue on from #1 Second Opinion and contains a lot of background information for this story, so you are probably going to want to read that first.






About the Author

HANNAH ALEXANDER is the pen name for the husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde. The Hoddes began collaborating on fiction books during their first date, actually a blind date arranged by their pastor. It all began when Cheryl shocked Mel with her request, “Can you help me paralyze someone without killing him?”

Cheryl went on to explain that she was an author and needed to paralyze a character in the book she was working on. Mel, a board-certified ER physician with a degree in osteopathy, was happy to assist. This was Mel's introduction to the world of fiction and Cheryl’s introduction to medicine. They were both fascinated, and a year and a half later they were married.

The fascination grew as Mel shared more of his career experiences and Cheryl's imagination took over. Together, they generated ideas for a story. With Mel's medical input, encouragement and help with plotting, and Cheryl's writing skills gleaned over 13 years of writing, they developed their first ER-style novel.

The couple established a pen name that rightfully distinguished the two sides of their writing. Cheryl chose Hannah from the Bible meaning “she delights in the Lord.” Mel chose Alexander, meaning “servant of mankind,” drawing from his career as a physician. After more than a decade of marriage, they have written more than a dozen books as Hannah Alexander and have garnered a Christy award for their work.

Mel and Cheryl reside in the Missouri Ozarks, where they like to set the majority of their books. You can find their website at

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