4 out of 4 stars
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When Luke Osbourne attends a party he's invited to by his colleague and mentor, A.J,he meets A.J's daughter, Lucy Macmiel. She is a lawyer and Luke is an ocular surgeon. They fall in love and get married some months later at a private ceremony. Lucy gets pregnant and gives birth to their daughter, Jennifer. Lucy takes up a case of a TV evangelist who is accused of sleeping with an underage girl while Luke goes through difficult times at work when his father-in-law is involved in a medical malpractice. Their careers make it hard for them to raise their daughter and she is raised by a nanny. Their journeys are highly emotional as they deal with harsh realities throughout the book.
The Spirit of Want is written in the third person, each chapter focusing on one character and what's happening in their life. The characters are well developed and as the story unfolds I couldn't put the book down. Lucy seems professional but I was shocked to learn that those late nights weren't spent at the office preparing legal counsel for her client. All her life Lucy has had to deal with being the 'adopted' daughter and even though she's been given everything she needed, she never loved A.J's family. Even as a grown up she never really understood the value of family love and bonds. This greatly affects her family with Luke.
Luke is an intelligent family man with personal and professional integrity. He gets placed in a committee to help investigate his father-in-law and he acts in a very professional way. He stands for the truth and his reports and opinions are not biased. He is a good father and husband and he's always there for Lucy. He even understands when she leaves him and their daughter to go to Africa to chase love.
This book discusses a range of issues in our society today. How people in high places take advantage of those they should be taking care of. William H. Coles talks about religion and a reader can relate the story to real life. My favourite theme was on family. The author wrote a plot where the value of family is taken for granted by some characters. And if they had stuck with their families maybe they'd have had different results in their lives. It is an educative and entertaining book that relates to life and the nature of human beings.
This book has no grammatical errors. The editing is well done. I didn't encounter any instances of profanity. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a tragic story with a lot of drama and is most appropriate for a mature audience.
The Spirit of Want
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