4 out of 4 stars
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The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a fictional story that exposes people’s personalities through their interactions of love, marriage, desire, hate, professional ethics, religion, and betrayal. The story mainly revolves around the life of the main character, Lucy and the consequences of the choices she makes and their effects on friends, colleagues, and family members.
Lucy, a qualified defense lawyer is the daughter of A j. MacMiel but believes she is an adopted child since his father kept the truth about Lucy being her daughter a secret even to his wife. Luke Osborne is a widower and an ophthalmic surgeon in the same facility as Lucy’s father AJ, who is also Luke’s senior and mentor. After a fundraising event attended by many, Luke gets a lift back home from Lucy and after a nasty accident, Lucy decides to neutralize Luke as a potential witness to avoid going to jail or losing her practice license. However, this decision leads to the two getting married although there is no true love from the part of Lucy but Luke believes that he has finally found a second chance in marriage.
The marriage between Luke and Lucy is a challenge from the word go and it becomes unbearable especially after Lucy puts much of her efforts in defending a popular televangelist Hower Bain. Bain is a cunning man who finally ends up being the reason that Lucy abandons her husband, daughter, and family. Bain causes Lucy to be disbarred from practice for ethical misconduct for having sexual affairs with Bain. Lucy follows Bain to Africa where she is poisoned for her involvement with Bain. In the meantime, Luke later finds comfort, acceptance, and love in the arms of Lucy’s sister, Elizabeth who also plays an important role in bringing up and educating Lucy’s abandoned daughter, Jennifer.
When Lucy returns to the united states, much changes have taken place including there being revelations that his father is an irresponsible surgeon that operates on people not for the love of the practice but rather the love of money. The family disintegrates and as Lucy tries to turn her life around, Bain re-enters her life that leads to Lucy finally seeing him as the cunning televangelist that he is but this is too late in Lucy’s life for she is already critically sick because of the poison ingested back in Africa.
The Spirit of Want is an interesting read for the author has taken ample time to develop each character. Additionally, through several twists in the book, Coles lets the reader understand the true characters of the people involved. The author causes the reader to inquisitively question the true motivation behind what people do for a living ‘The Spirit of Want.’ Am particularly impressed by the fact that the author lets the reader that the choices of our lives have consequences and that everything that is done in the dark surely comes to light. This is particularly seen through the exposure of Bain as fraudulent televangelist & womanizer and AJ MacMiel as an irresponsible and corrupt surgeon.
The book is well written with no grammatical errors. The writer also ensures that the story flows nicely that the reader understands the different turns and twists that develop the plot of the story.
The book will appeal to audiences from diverse backgrounds and age groups because it has no X-rated adult content, extreme violence or language that would offend certain readers. It is an excellent read for drama, legal and romance genre lovers. For these reasons Irate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I will maintain it in my library for future reading.
The Spirit of Want
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