4 out of 4 stars
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The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles is a short literary fiction, taking us through the life of Clayton Otherson, a wealthy well known bariatric surgeon in a New Orleans hospital, during the time his life was spiraling out of control. He has a great reputation as a mentor and surgeon, but his judgments in some of his surgical procedures are being questioned due to patient complications. Mike Boudreaux, Chief of surgery, Clayton’s former student and now friend, now has to face difficult decisions in how to deal with disciplining Otherson based on the urging of colleagues and the needs of the hospital. Should Mike be the boss or a friend in his decision making?
This story may have been a short one but it was packed with a lot of detail and excitement. There was not one dull moment in this amazing story. Catherine Otherson, Clayton’s wife, is a strong intelligent woman in public and is lonely and unsatisfied at home. Clayton is fueled by being the best surgeon and making a name for himself as having completed the most bariatric surgery cases, and in the process, he is not seeing how neglected Catherine is feeling.
Mike and Catherine were put in constant contact with each other, as Mike fills in many times for Clayton’s absence. These encounters were helping a relationship build between the two that was becoming harder and harder to ignore. Clayton and Mike are struggling with their longtime friendship due to Mike’s authority at the hospital and forbidden love between him and Catherine. Should Catherine and Mike fight against their love for each other?
I really did not know what to expect when I chose this book. But I am truly glad I picked it. The book is written in so many points of view, I could see how each character felt, which made the story more interesting and easier for the reader to relate to. The author took the time to describe the scenes so that the reader can get a glimpse of what New Orleans was looking like in the French Quarter. The author did well in allowing the reader to truly visualize the scene, which allows the reader to remember every moment after the book is finished. It will leave the reader thinking of the past events they just read as though it really happened and they had seen it first-hand.
I would have to rate The Surgeon's Wife a 4 out of 4 stars. The book did have some minor grammatical errors that did not affect the flow of the story. It appeared, for the most part, to have been professionally edited. I loved the entire book, it had action, and romance. Just when the reader thinks they may know the personality of a character, the book will show another side of them, having the reader reevaluating previous conceptions made based on some of the unexpected decisions the characters will make. Some scenes came out of nowhere when introducing new characters, so the reader will think at first, and then the author nicely ties it all into the rest of the story. This book had many stories going on simultaneously and yet they were all connected somehow.
I would recommend this book be read by an audience 18 years and older due to some of the more complicated mature situations portrayed by the main characters. This book may also go against moral standards of some, with choices made by the main characters, Clayton, Catherine and Mike. But before the reader knows it, they will probably be rooting for the side that may have initially frustrated them, like I did. This book is well written and fast paced; it will capture the reader's attention from the beginning to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for drama, action and romance.
The Surgeon's Wife
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