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The Surgeon's Wife by William H. Coles

ANew Orleans aristocrat and doctor, Clayton Otherson, is an aging national leader in the field of trauma surgery who begins to injure patients with his unacceptable technical and judgmental mistakes. Otherson’s younger partner, Mike Boudreaux, whom he trained and mentored, must discipline him. Otherson resents constrains and criticisms and denies his impairment. Boudreaux complicates his management by falling in love with Otherson’s beautiful wife, Catherine. Otherson’s wrath threatens violence as Boudreaux and Catherine shape their love struggling for respect in the contempt of New Orleans’ society.




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Official review from OnlineBookClub.org

Human nature has always been fascinating to me. What makes people do the things that they do? This is the type of issue that William H. Coles explores in his book The Surgeon's Wife.

Clayton Otherson is a surgeon in New Orleans who mainly does bariatric surgery. He's been making a few mistakes lately, though, forcing Mike Boudreaux to act in his capacity as Chief of Service. Dr. Otherson is a very prominent surgeon who is a forerunner in obesity surgery; he also taught and mentored Dr. Boudreaux. That makes it hard for Mike to make any decisions that might jeopardize Dr. Otherson's career. Then there is Catherine, Clayton's wife. Catherine has always been a strong woman and very active in the community. Now, though, Clayton seems to be coming unglued, and Catherine is unhappy in her marriage. Will Mike make the hard decision that ends Clayton's career? How will Clayton react if the only thing he has ever known is taken away from him? Will Catherine stick it out in her marriage for better times? Or will she walk away?

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Review by Newlyretired

Review from OnlineBookClub.org
The characters are well developed and easy to follow. We don’t lose sight of each of them. Due to the nature of the story, Mr. Coles does an excellent job describing the medical aspects and use of medical jargon making it simple and easy to understand and follow. Having worked at a hospital known to be one of the first and well known bariatric centers Mr. Cole portrays bariatric surgery and it’s many issues very accurately. This medical issue of obesity/morbid obesity specifically is one of the biggest in today’s society and its treatment with multiple issues were put forth by Mr. Coles simply and with accuracy.
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Review by Jkmj2005

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I found The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Cole to be captivating read. I was intrigued by the medical/ethical dilemma of treating patients with bariatric surgery. The conflict between the two doctors could be felt and was conveyed well throughout the novel. The chemistry and dynamics between characters as the story unfolded made me want to continue reading to feed my curiosity of their lives, forgetting about my own. The ending was shocking and unpredictable!
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Review by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes

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This novel is well-written and thoroughly edited, with smoothly flowing narrative and an engaging theme most likely suited for fiction fans, preferably, those above the age of consent because of the family issues. Further, some knowledge of medical procedures would be a plus factor for added enjoyment.
I could honestly say that there is nothing for me to dislike in this novel. With that said, my rating for the novel titled The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles will be the optimal 4 out of 4 stars.
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Review by Liyanage7

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I rate this 4 out of 4 stars as it was well-written and professionally edited with a flow that made me want to read non-stop till the end. The smooth flow and narration of the events which can happen in real life was depicted in a manner that even few lessons can be learned. The twists and turns in the story with conflicts in relationships and politics that can happen in any type of office, not just in hospital administration and conflicts among departments within an organization are narrated with depth that people can connect and experience while reading.
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Review by Don Pwai

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I loved the themes discussed by the author in this novel. The themes discussed in this novel include love and romance, technology in the medical field, marriage and family life, divorce, discrimination and poverty just to mention a few. These are themes that represent the features in the society. They depict the real situation in the society. For instance, the picture of technological advancement posing technical problems to some medics was really excellent. It shows a picture of doctors grappling to be at par with the technological advancement. Doctors like Clayton are having a hard time adapting to new technologies in the medical field. The authors advice on how to go about such situations I believe is useful for all medics. He advises medics having similar problems to Clayton to exploit alternative methods to treatment or go on training on how to use the new equipment.
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Review by Gathoni1991

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I admired the story of one of the characters. Being from a humble background (a single parent family, whose mother worked as a fortune teller in the streets), he studied his way out of poverty to be a respected surgeon in New Orleans. This was my biggest takeaway from the book – how education can remove one from obscure poverty to place them in high society. What I did not like about the story, was how the women in the story were depicted. In that, more than one woman had been positioned in a marriage for social acceptance and advancement. All that being said I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars.
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Review by Sharon2056

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Coles is an adept storyteller; the book is an easy read with a fast-paced story.
The book was exceptionally edited with a few instances of using foul languages. Besides that, I did not find any other flaw in the book, and I wholeheartedly rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an intriguing well thought out love story that shines a light on both sides of the affected characters. I highly recommend to fans of romance novels, medical practitioners, and anyone who would like an excellent thought provoking read.
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Review by Karina Nowak

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In all, I really liked the flow of the story and how the author took time to tell smaller stories that eventually crossed over with the main characters. Other than the few surgeons who were mentioned in passing, there were hardly any idle supporting characters. Every character had their own arc, their own purpose, their own story that went ill or good according to their choices. I was able to chew on each of them, their beliefs and attempts at living their own life without being overshadowed by another character’s story.
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Review by C-obi

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The story was well-written. The characters were well-developed and properly linked. I had no difficulty understanding who was whom in the story. The concept behind the story was realistic. Here you find Catherine, a surgeon’s wife who found herself in a marriage where she was used as a bait for financial favors, falling genuinely in love with the man she least expected. It raises very important questions to parents on the need to respect the decisions of their wards as long as they have attained the age that defines adulthood. The story was written in a pattern that made it difficult for the reader to predict what would happen next. I give that as a credit to William. H. Coles.
I am rating the book four out of four stars. Words can’t completely describe how impressed I am with this story.
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Review by corinaelena

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I really enjoyed reading The Surgeon’s Wife. I believe William H. Coles did an amazing job at creating realistic characters, and that he constructed a very interesting plotline, that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The way the protagonists evolved with the traumatic events they face left me speechless, and I believe the author captured veritable character development in each of his protagonists.
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