4 out of 4 stars
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I am glad I chose this piece as my first read in the Online Book Club. I really enjoyed the book. It had the mixture of everything I look forward to in a book. There was humor, suspense, excitement, not too intense, romance, the low points and high points.
I initially thought the book was slow paced, however, I discovered that the pace was just right for the storyline. I must commend the author for his in-depth research into the world of medicine. With an elder sister who is a Consultant, I could relate with medical world created in this book; the loyalty of junior doctors to seniors; the superiority complex of surgeons, doctors in a particular department covering up for their own, and so on. All the medical terms used were used correctly. It was a very knowledgeable and enlightening read.
Set in the American city of New Orleans which is rich in culture and history, the author was able to whisk me away to that city through his unique use of imagery and literary description. The story is centered around the Protagonist; Mike Boudreaux, skilled in his field, has everything he could want, however, he dosen't seem to have the ability to love a woman totally and utterly. His eyes and heart finally settles on this friend's (who is also a mentor) wife; Catherine Clayton who lacks this genuine love form her own marriage.
I was taken along with the emotions Mike went through. I felt his frustration, his sadness and ultimate resignation to settle for Rosie the artist. I also entered the world of each and every character. I could relate with the conversation between Rosie and Catherine in Chapter 5 of the book. It showed how women who are usually at loggerheads with each other seem to bound when talking about matters of the heart and the opposite sex.
In conclusion, the book was an awesome read. I appreciate all the literary devices used to bring the story to life. The book was professional edited as I did not come across typos except in two instances which i spotted out; page 63, 2nd par. line 3 "...it wounded vapid and lonely" "wounded' should have been "sounded". The other typo is minute therefore, no need to mention. Though I sort of guessed the story of Helen Rappaport as soon as she was introduced, the end of the book made up for any sense of predictability I might have had earlier. I give the book a 4 out of 4.
The Surgeon's Wife
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