4 out of 4 stars
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Pursuing fame in a career may lead us to be fulfilled or may lead to our downfall. The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a fiction novel that unravels the love story of Catherine Otherson, the wife of a renowned surgeon Clayton Otherson.
The book begins with Clayton ward malpractice while performing bypass surgery on an obese patient using laparoscopy. Clayton is widely known for his research and competence. However, recently, he was falling back on his accomplishments and threatening lives. Mike Boudreaux, his former student, who now is chief of surgery, is torn between standing by his former mentor and teacher or be loyal to the OR committee. Which he's chief and cut off Clayton’s privileges on performing surgery. Clayton is a man of status around the New Orleans community, with a wealthy family name on his back and a lot of political connections. Mike understands, bringing Clayton down for his malpractices will not be a smooth ride.
On his personal life, Mike is trying to balance his career with his love for Rosemary- a recently divorced lady. However, Rosemary feels that Mike is not giving his all in the relationship. She is afraid that this romantic relationship she deeply cherishes might hit rocks like her past marriage leaving her wounded. She decides to make an important decision about their love. Mike is unaware of how much he can love until his passion for Catherine begins to show. Once again, he’s torn between the fear of hurting his mentor and the thrill of excitement in his heart. The path he chooses is quite striking, and it leads to a lot of roller coasters in his life.
Coles is an adept storyteller; the book is an easy read with a fast-paced story. Not even the surgery details seemed to slow it down. The issue of bypass surgery to aid obese patients is an essential topic in our lives today. While it may be of help to obese patients sometimes, other times, it may not. Through the characters, Coles explains the need for alternative ways of reducing weight instead of opting for bypass surgery. This is because; relapse rate of gaining weight according to statistics is high. On worst occasions, one can end up dying when the operation is not carried out keenly.
Another topic that caught my attention was teenage self-identity. A teenager identifies himself/ herself based on the people around them. Hostility, like in the case of Clayton's family, caused their daughter, Melissa, to resent her parents and home. She ends up transferring the love to any stranger who is sympathetic on her. The toll of fights, mistrust, insecurity and Hostility in their home wounded her leaving her spiteful. The book accentuates love, real love that is not based on wealth or money, but that which resonates from the heart. By the end of the book, I felt so invested in the characters.
The book was exceptionally edited with a few instances of using foul languages. Besides that, I did not find any other flaw in the book, and I wholeheartedly rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an intriguing well thought out love story that shines a light on both sides of the affected characters. I highly recommend to fans of romance novels, medical practitioners, and anyone who would like an excellent thought provoking read.
The Surgeon's Wife
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