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The surgeon’s wife by William H. Cole
The surgeon’s wife is a captivating fiction story that takes place in the fiction city of New Orleans. It’s a tale of two surgeons’ life, an older surgeon and a younger surgeon. Their life story unfolds as each is faced with different life challenges and the consequences of the decisions that they make. Dr. Clayton Otherson is the older surgeon, a professor and mentor to the young surgeon Mike Boudreaux. Dr. Clayton, a prominent surgeon in the city begins the story by making mistakes on the surgery he is performing. These mistakes threaten his career and take a bitter twist when a patient dies from post-operation complications. Mike, the chief of service in the hospital is torn between making the best decision for the patient and saving his mentor’s career. Will he be responsible for ruining his mentor’s career? Will he ignore the suffering of patient and save his mentor? Catherine Ortherson, Dr. Claytons wife is a hardworking and determined wife but lonely in her marriage. She struggles to make her relationship with Clayton work but he is a difficult character to deal with. Catherine eventually moves out of Clayton and has an affair with mike. All the fighting in Claytons’ house affects their daughter Mellissa and she runs away from home.
The book gives us an overview of the challenges surgeons undergo through both professionally and socially. William being a surgeon in life develops the plot clearly with a personal touch that makes the story even more appealing to the reader. He develops his plot and characters more realistically by using dialogue. The characters are faced with numerous challenges during the story development. There are scenes of happiness and loss, separation and union of different family members. Cole covered various experiences among different families, without forgetting the single as they struggle with their relationships.
Mike is the favorite character. He brings light to the dark moments in the book and acts as the voice of reason. He tries to save his mentor’s career by convincing him to take a break but Clayton can’t listen. He shelters Catherine and her daughter when they move out and tries to reconcile them even when there seems to be no hope. Clayton was the less favorite since he doesn’t what to reason even when thing turns sour. He is difficult and his ego costs him his career and life. Catherine finally uniting with her daughter is the best scenario in the book. The feeling after so much sorrow for Catherine sheds some light in her life. Clayton torturing Catherine and making life difficult for both Catherine and Mellissa brings a sad twist to the story and wish it never happened. Mike also should not have had an affair with Catherine. She was a married woman and his mentors’ wife for heaven’s sake!
The surgeon’s wife is a fiction story about the challenges married working couples encounter, balancing their profession and social life. If Clayton had given his wife attention she wouldn’t have been unhappy and have an extramarital relation and many problems could have been avoided. The story unfolds life challenges that demands tough decisions to be made, and how they affect relationships between friends, coworkers and family. Mike although unmarried, his relationship also with is affected because he doesn’t create time for her.
Surgeon’s wife is a must read. It has a well-developed plot, although short, each page leaves you wanting more and you can’t wait to turn the next page. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I could not find any error in the book meaning it had a professional edition. I recommend this book to young adults. They should understand the consequences of ignoring part of their life. They should learn how to balance their lives and be better adults when they finally get married. I can read the book a hundred times without getting bored, so get your copy and discover the story!
The Surgeon's Wife
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