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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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Gee-Ruth

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Personally, this book has taught me that nothing is ever what it seems and that there is more to life than a successful career and loads of money. The characters in the book are well defined and each and everyone plays a major role in developing this story. A Surgeon’s wife is one of the most tragic stories I have ever read. In the beginning of the story, there was a lot of medical jargon and I got a bit lost but eventually I gained my composure, and the the rest of the story was intelligible. Michael’s success story was very inspiring, despite coming from a humble background and being raised by a single mother, he worked very hard by giving it his all. It shows that being committed and focused on your goals, eventually pays off, and where you come from doesn’t necessarily determine where you are going. The issue of alcohol and substance abuse is also addressed, and the successful rehabilitation of Helen is quite motivating.

There are numerous lessons to be learnt from the characters in this story. Since Otherson financially supported the hospital, top management willingly turned a blind eye to his growing inefficiency which resulted in the loss of a life. It is heartbreaking knowing that this sequence of events is happening daily in our own societies. Wealthy individuals conveniently exchanging money to cover up their failures, and the less fortunate individual paying dearly, sometimes with their life. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because its relatable, emotional, inspiring and very well written. This book is ideal for anyone that appreciates fiction.

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Brypitre

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“The Surgeon’s Wife” by William H. Coles is a literacy drama with romance and medical elements that create originality and keeps the story addicting to read. It is a story most people can relate to. Not wanting to put the book down, since it is so interesting, and wants the reader to continue flipping the pages. The author Coles did an awesome job telling this tale as if it this really happened in the real world. A great read that captivates every moment, and highlights the issues going on. The chapters are very easy to read, and the words are very well written and the story is very descriptive as the rising plot of the book dives right in. Cole indulges the readers by starting off with the main characters known as Mike and Clayton whose tempestuous relationship shapes the events of this uproaring novel.
The Surgeon’s Wife is a really interesting book that I instantly got hooked on and would read it again! I give this story a 4/4, so yes I highly recommend this one.

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Nerea

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There were some beautiful lessons featured in the story. Such as, multiple surgeries can have adverse effects to the patient that could lead to death. Don’t trust people who say they’d never do a particular errand or task, because people change as time changes. I also learned that some people live in an unhappy marriage life, they feel neglected and ignored by their mates and they wonder whether there is TRUE love. Honesty and freeness of speech in a relationship is vital to keep the bond strong. You can never serve two masters, either you’ll love one and hate the other. For instance, Clayton was overly committed to his work that he had less or no time for his family.

I rate the book at 4 out of 4 stars. I love medical related articles or stories, and the book didn’t disappoint me. The writing was easy to understand and it was well composed. I didn’t notice grammar errors in the writing. The book is ideal for everyone because the author accommodated diverse events that touched some relatable aspects of life.

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Hasnaa111

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Bored with the romance novel clichés and searching for something new then you are on the right place. The Surgeon’s wife, a romance novel written by William H. Coles, will bring you a whole new world, a world that you will never want to leave. To be honest, once I read Coles name on a novel, I read it immediately. He is a talented creative writer. His novels are always with universal messages, for they usually criticize and analyze the human nature. Briefly, these novels will change you, making you view life in a different way.
I give this book 4 out of 4 stars, since it is a hard-to-put novel. It is a romantic novel with a tragic ending and you can also find some elements of suspense. It is the kind of novel that I adore, the one that not only stimulate your emotions but also arouses new ones. As usual, there is no happy ending with William Coles. It is actually a heart-breaking novel. You will also enjoy many plot twists and many surprises that would blow your mind. I promise, Once you read a book by Coles, you will get addicted to his work.
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fernsmom

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I’m not going to give away the ending as there were twists and surprises, but just know that it was not at all that I would have expected. The author brought the characters to life from page 1 and to me no matter if it may not be as happy of a book in places as I would like I am not going to give it anything less than a 4 out of 4 stars. The author made me feel not only for the patients that were going through these botched surgeries but also for the surgeons, nurses and other people that were concerned. At times like I had mentioned it may have been sad, but that was because you were feeling what the author had put down in words. It was very believable, and a very good book. I look forward to reading more books from this author!
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asere_maryanne

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One great aspect of this book is that it manages to keep the reader in suspense, I read on expecting some things to happen but I was shocked when things turned out differently from what I expected. The story has a blend of different and interesting characters, some who are quite relatable. The conversations also helped in the character development. I loved the two teen characters (Helen and Mellissa) in their carefree spirits; I could never predict what they could do next. The romance in the book is engaging and the twists and turns made me not want the story to end. Apart from the medical jargon, the book is written in simple language which is easy to understand and can be read by a younger audience. Although there were a few obscene words in the story, the book is worth reading.
I did not come across any editorial errors and so I believe the book was professionally edited. I personally loved and enjoyed reading The Surgeon’s Wife. I would recommend the book to all those who love romance and suspenseful books. The book can also be interesting to surgeons. I rate this book a 4 out of 4 star rating.
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Jennifer Kloss

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The story revolves around Mike, Clayton and Catherine. The novel has many other important characters. Unique characters is one of the best thing in this book. It invoke many strong feelings and emotions in the reader. My favourite character in the book is Catherine. The way she feels about love is so mesmerizing and amazing. My favourite part of this book is where Catherine and Rosie talks about their love life.
The way the author writes about all the medical stuff is also amazing. This shows the effort put by the author while writing this book. It seemed much like the doctor report. He also writes about the problem of obesity. People are obsessed with the perfect figure. Many people risks their life to have a perfect body shape. Some people prefer surgeries.
I will give this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story is well written. There are no major grammatical mistake. The book is professionally edited. I will recommend this book to anyone who loves romantic love story. This book contains not only conflict between two good friends but also a love story. The end was sudden. Hope so there will be a sequel of this book. There is no unnecessary details described by the author.
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oge123

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Coles showed a mastery in his writing. The way he presented the twisted mind of Clayton, made me laugh. Many great themes were put forward in the story. Family wealth played a role in shaping the characters in the story. Clayton came from a family of affluence. His arrogance came partly from knowing he was the son of somebody and his experience in surgery. His wealth also spoke for him even when he was not there. There is a motif of sexism in the novel. The surgeons hardly agreed on an issue raised by a female surgeon. This helped to elongate the story. How? If the surgeons have agreed outrightly when one of the surgeons made a strong case about the success of Clayton’s surgery, Clayton’s character would have been very brief.
The writer is a seasoned writer especially when it comes to stories about doctors and health. He is versatile with medical terms and used them liberally in the book. I noticed slight errors in the book. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a thriller, full of suspense and will surely appeal to people who love doctor stories and tragic stories.
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Manaka

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What I liked about the book is how the author brought out the story of love, marriage and materialism. Many people choose spouses for their children, sometimes the only factor they consider is their own material gain. Gabe, Catherine’ s father did his best to ensure that Catherine got married to Clayton, all he wanted was to improve his economic status at the expense of her daughter’s happiness.
I would rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an intriguing story. It is educative, simple rule to a happy marriage is that it is founded on love and not on materialistic things.
I would recommend the book to all who love fiction books, those who love reading will find this book interesting.
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StelKel1592

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The medical intrigue is especially deftly handled. Coles has an excellent touch for giving us an insider’s view of hospital politics and of the controversies around surgical procedures for obese patients, without bogging us down in details that would be difficult for non-specialists to follow. The portrait of a world where surgeons’ egos, hospital finances, and the well-being and safety of patients jostle for primacy is well-crafted indeed, creating a gripping backdrop for the personal dramas. The distinctively New Orleans setting, meanwhile, adds specific color, from the high society world of the Othersons to Mike’s Cajun fortune-telling mother. One of Coles’s strengths is his ability to shape these worlds believably, taking us behind doors that, depending on our own backgrounds, might normally be closed to us.
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