Review by Beatus -- The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

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Review by Beatus -- The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Spirit of Want" by William H. Coles.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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There is a way you feel about someone that you feel you can dedicate your whole life for this person. However, what you don’t know is whether that feeling will last and the person will only grow or change positively, not affecting your dedication and commitment. The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles will take you through the lives of Luke Osbourne, an eye surgeon and Lucy MacMiel, a defense attorney. A fatal accident influences a marriage of Luke and Lucy and from it a child, Jennifer.

This book is about family relationships, betrayal, corruption, and racism. Growing up knowing she is the adopted daughter, Lucy is a troubled but brilliant woman. After her marriage to Luke, she lands a high profile defense case that led to the end of her career, marriage, and family. She left for Africa, where she survived a poison attack and had to return home only to find out that her father, A. J is under investigation for malpractice and racism.

The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a heart-wrenching narrative. You may not understand the reasons behind some of the actions by the characters at first, but slowly the explanations unfold. The characters are so relatable that some of their doubts relay what everyone else faces in their day-to-day encounters. I loved how the author created the support system around Jennifer. It is what family is all about.

The story is so well-thought-out that I could not find fault. The editing was professional, the cover is superbly done, and the wording couldn’t be any better. There are concepts about faith that may disturb conservatives. However, the author was careful to construct these concepts in a manner that the reader can learn about other perspectives regarding religion and God rather than incite negative feelings. Conversely, though I believe that the author ought to have detailed a bit more on the lessons gained and their impact on the characters’ personalities.

This book can be read by those interested in the affairs of family. It’s a perfect book for fans of the popular soap operas like The Bold and The Beautiful or Days of Our Lives. Younger readers may not like or understand the contents of the book and so they will be better off if they skip it. Furthermore, there is adult content that may not be suitable for underage readers.

Considering everything, I rate The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Anna180 »

I am always glad to read books and hear stories of how women can be strong even in situations that can or may be considered extremely difficult for our fragile hearts...
Religion, family and the general up bringing of a child influences later characters of the child
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Post by María Andrea Fernández Sepúlveda »

This seems like a perfectly executed novel, which is to be expected from an author like Coles.
I find especially interesting that it raises thought-provoking questions regarding faith and religion. This is always an enriching experience when it's done with sensitivity.
Thank you for your enthusiastic review!
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Post by Stephanie_Chapman »

I tried to read this one before I was a reviewer. I struggled with the beginning of it and put it down. However, I like the review and may give this one a second chance.
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Post by Letora »

Thank you for your detailed review! I think I will have to pass on this one though.
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