4 out of 4 stars
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Lucy MacMiel is described as a pretty and smart woman. A lawyer by profession. However she has always haboured negative feelings because she was adopted. "I've never really been a MacMiel", she would say. She had zero confidence and felt unloved by everyone. It was of atmost secrecy and very few knew that A.J MacMiel, biologically fathered Lucy.
Later on Lucy married Luke Osbourne out of convenience rather than out of love. And it was during their honeymoon that Lucy got to work on a case of Hower Bain, a TV evangelist accused of sexually assaulting a minor. She losses the case and while on appeal, the preacher flees to Africa. It is the need of want that leads Lucy to leave behind her newly acquired family and go after the love of her life Bain. Her family, especially Elizabeth her sister, felt that Lucy was very selfish. How will things turn out for Lucy? How long would she stay in Africa? And will her family be able to forgive her?
William H. Coles takes us through his fiction novel The Spirit of Want. The 299 pages piece of work that is very interesting and entertaining at the same time. We get to see how the characters deal with the complex situations they find themselves in.
I love Coles novels because he uses descriptive writing. The type of writing style that describes people, places and events in such a way that the reader is able to create a clear image in their mind. For instance when he describes Lucy, he writes, " Lucy had cured-leather tan skin; dark hard eyes; reddish-brown, shoulder-length hair. She was about five feat five, and her figure was thin and muscular, yet indisputably feminine, and her clothes were perfectly tailored, in contrast to Elizabeth."
The author has also used third persona omniscient point of view which has allowed him the freedom to enlarge the readers spectrum. The reader is able to get inside the mind of multiple characters and excavate deeper into emotions and relationships. Reading through the chapters of this book I was able to see how different characters react and interpret events.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because the story and the characters were well developed. Topics of sexuality, love, romance and infidelity suggest a more mature audience for this dramatic novel. There is no doubt that it was professionally edited as there are no typos or errors through out the content.
The Spirit of Want
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