3 out of 4 stars
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In The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles, the main character is misguided by her wants. She falls in love with her client--Hower Bain--who is accused of child rape, and elopes with him to Africa, leaving her whole life behind.
Lucy MacMiel, the main character, is ambitious, self-absorbed and distant towards her family, even her sister, Elizabeth MacMiel, who expresses every ounce of affection she has.
Luke Osbourne, an eye doctor who happens to be her father's colleague, gets invited to Lucy's father's party. Lucy and Luke get off to a horrible start at the party. Lucy, at first, dislikes Luke but the reverse is the case for Luke. As Luke prepares to leave, he finds out his car and some others were dismantled during the party. He ends up taking a ride with Lucy who is leaving early too. On the way, they have an accident. Due to that very accident their relationship begins to grow. However, the accident is responsible for a charge of vehicular manslaughter. Lucy, being an intelligent lawyer, gets out of the alleged murder case and finds herself a husband in the process.
After their honeymoon, their marriage slowly begins to fall apart. Only after the marriage does she realize that she isn't ready for the responsibilities of motherhood. When Lucy gives birth, she hires a nanny to do what she is incapable of. Her relationship with her daughter, Jennifer, begins to crumble. Eventually, so does her relationship with her family.
When Jennifer's nanny passes on, Elizabeth and Agnes, Lucy's mom, are tasked with the responsibility of bringing her up. How will things go at Lucy's end?
I love the way the book was written. Over the course of the book, I could not help but admire Elizabeth's character and her continuous display of love towards Lucy. In some scenes in the story, I disliked Lucy's behaviour because it was that of contempt even to those who were trying to help her out, but that did not affect my opinion because I realized it was all part of her character buildup. I loved the way the author alternated the different settings in the story for each chapter.
There were some erotic scenes and instances of profanity. The book was not professionally edited because I noticed a few errors.
I would have given this book a higher rating if not for the errors I observed. Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
The Spirit of Want
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