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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 from Ijeoma Kikelomo

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I was especially impressed by the amount of research that has obviously gone into writing this book. The wealth of knowledge and really technical information on the gastric bypass and the administrative organization of hospitals. I found it quite informative to know of various committees and the check and balance strategies set up to closely monitor surgeons for any excesses. I actually realised the many more things that take place in hospitals, other than the care they give to patients.
I really enjoyed the story development. Divided into three parts, the book is made up of beautifully varying characters and quite a number of themes. There is that of love, romance, child abuse, arranged marriages, broken homes, forgiveness, to name a few. Just when I thought I knew what the book was about, the author would introduce another theme. The story has an easy flow, spiced with unexpected turns and surprises that are guaranteed to keep the reader’s interest fully locked in.
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Review from iphee

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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.
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Review from Mumanyi

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I liked the buildup of the storyline, the more I read it the more I was attracted and entertained by the novel, this made it easier to concentrate and enjoy the novel. The characters are well developed all-round, especially the main characters, he (the author) breathed life into the characters making them seem real and alive, this strengthened the relationship between the story and me. The plot is well choreographed to accommodate a lot of issues and storylines without necessarily overwhelming plot; this made the flow of the story seamless and accommodating. The author sights great reference from around different fields and places, I am from Kenya and was shocked when the author made a correct and precise reference to an event that happens in Kenya. The author incorporated a great sense of humour in the story, even the most evil character like Clayton was hilarious and funny to read, this worked well in keeping me relaxed and entertained. Lastly, the emotional aspect of the story was very strong and almost tangible; I cried and laughed many times throughout the course of reading the story.
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Review from Mr Adonis

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Though this book is not all action, it does show violence and upheaval. The ideas are dark and confusing as is much of humanity. However, the author had a way of treating this darkness in such a way that it did not leave anybody feeling depressed.
I like this book because its plot is deep with developed characters. I also love how medicine was entwined with the rest of the story. The fact that the author made the story relatable to reality was most pleasing to me.
There are little or no mistakes in the write up,I discovered only two typographical errors so I’d say this novel was professionally edited. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to everyone,no matter your preferred genre or choice of books. It’s a book that will keep you captivated till the very end.
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Review from ShailaSheshadri

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I like William Cole’s books. He is a great award-winning author who writes realistically. He has a flair for word flow. He chooses apt words, sentences, and conversations for his story. He has a unique and appealing character development style. His way of describing the ambiance is fantastic. The Surgeon’s Wife is loaded with suitable emotions, reactions, and consequences. It has an in-depth plot and many fascinating scenes. I believe this book is surely a treat to the readers.
I like to award this intriguing novel 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this to the general public. This book is for the humanity, as it upholds morality, soft feelings, and concern for the fellow beings; a good read for all genres and age groups.
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Review from tendwa

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This book has a good flow; the story moves from one event to the next in an organized manner. Characters are well formed; when you look at any of the main characters – Mike, Clayton and Catherine – there is consistency in their behaviour. If you look at someone like Mike, he was depicted as a reasonable person; he remained reasonable thought this book. Clayton was portrayed as a stubborn individual; he remained stubborn in the entire book. Catherine was depicted as a strong willed lady; she remained strong willed in the entire book. This book has been done in a way that, you cannot predict what is ahead; this is a great way of keeping a reader engrossed, from cover to cover.
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Review from sandra113

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I genuinely enjoyed reading this book, right from the beginning to the end. William’s writing was very clear and simple which amazed me. The story was not only emotional but also catchy. I could not afford to take a break for any reason, not even sipping water. The urge to know what happened next consumed me continually as I carefully navigated through the book.
The ending was never predictable. This was the most impressive thing about this book. Each chapter brought out a unique experience. Everyone wants a happy ending story, despite this, the author was able to deliver a compelling and satisfying story with a saddening end. Though the story is a fiction, the narrator, made it more realistic. Truly, dreams may not always come true.
This book was completely satisfactory. I can not pinpoint any reason to dislike any part of it. I recommend anyone with a passion for romance stories to obtain a copy of this book. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would love to read more from William Coles. His creativity is absolutely incredible. As a lover of fantasy, I encourage him to write more stories with emotional happy endings.
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Clarion Review by Delia Stanley

This dramatic New Orleans story plays on themes of loss and love.

William H. Coles’s unpredictable novel The Surgeon’s Wife focuses on the romantic relationships and family dynamics of two surgeons.

Mike Boudreaux is a surgeon living in New Orleans. His medical mentor, Clayton, is delving into the world of weight loss surgery. With its loose guidelines and unpredictable surgical outcomes, Clayton’s practice becomes a point of contention for Mike, who, as head of the Operating Room Committee, is forced to place restrictions on him.

When Clayton’s neglected wife finds comfort in Mike’s arms, Clayton feels even more betrayed. Thus begins his mental deterioration, which leads to erratic behavior and violence. Mike attempts to balance his strained friendship with Clayton, his budding relationship with the surgeon’s wife, and his responsibilities at the hospital, but his life becomes increasingly chaotic.

As the novel opens, Mike and Clayton’s friendship is already teetering. Aspects of their personal histories and professional responsibilities plague their relationship. While much of the novel revolves around Mike, less is revealed about his personal history than is revealed of other characters; he is emotionally difficult to relate to. Clayton’s and Catherine’s backgrounds are explored more in depth, and their fall from prestige—Clayton from his practice, Catherine from a life of luxury—is a more accessible story line.

The dialogue is most natural among the medical professionals, who speak in definitive ways; romantic scenes are more stilted. The writing is accessible; technical language, even in discussions of medical procedures, is kept to a minimum. Occasional artwork shows up before some chapters but is inconsistently utilized and does not add insight to the narrative.

The book takes place mainly in New Orleans, and descriptions of the city are proficiently woven in, from turn-of-the-century luxury in wealthy areas to small, close-knit areas of the French Quarter. While the vibe of New Orleans is referenced throughout the book, it is not fully captured.

The story jumps between characters, some of whom are abandoned for long periods of time and others of whom are introduced late in the text; they distract from the main story line. While themes of loss and pain connect all of the characters together, the plot frequently meanders. Through exchanges between Mike and the OR Committee that oversees Clayton’s practice, interesting information about weight loss surgery is analyzed, adding a modern, controversial edge. Conflict capably drives the story into unpredictable territory. By the end, all story lines are convincingly resolved.

The Surgeon’s Wife is a surprising drama of loss and love.


Review from adventurouspotato

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Reading the synopsis of the novel makes it seem as if the plot is completely predictable. This is certainly not the case. Although I could pick up a couple of common tropes and clichés while reading, the way that Coles went about them was in unexpected and mysterious ways. The funeral scene in particular was the most unexpected for me, and I was truly shocked to see how it played out. Coles’ matter-of-fact writing style paired with the events of the plot worked strangely well together. It made the unexpected events that much more surprising because there isn’t a lot of obvious buildup that some amateur authors fall prone to.
In all, The Surgeon’s Wife is a quick read that doesn’t seem to fall short in any area. The plot is interesting, the characters are diverse and complex, and Coles’s writing style is the perfect vessel for this story to be told. Not only is it a conflict between two old friends, but a love story between two people that put off a meaningful and loving relationship for most of their lives. The end, although it was sudden, didn’t leave me hanging, but instead closed off the narrative in a great way. Although there could definitely be a sequel, possibly surrounding Clayton’s spiral into madness, it doesn’t feel necessary. I give The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles 4 out of 4 stars.
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Review from Gylian

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The characters in the book have different behaviors which make the book more interesting to read, from one character’s story to the other. The characters like Michael and Catherine demonstrate how far true love can reach and it can still exist despite the obstacles it faces. Michael is a compassionate character who knows how to treat a woman. The character of Melissa who is as stubborn as a mule describes a girl trying to fight and prove her parents wrong. Clayton portrays violence and too much rage.
I personally liked all the characters, their roles in the context and how their stories are narrated simultaneously. The author really describes their stories in full length, with passion and he is a great narrator. The story is so interesting that it brings one to fantasize and even picture as if the whole scenario is happening there and then.
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