The Surgeon’s Wife

The Surgeon's WifeThe Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book free as a Goodreads, First-Reads giveaway.

⭐️⭐️ It pains me when I receive a free book from an author and have to give it less than 3 stars, and this is no exception. Oh how I wanted to like this book, but in the end I decided that it just wasn’t for me. It was just okay, and I found myself wanting to finish it out of a feeling of obligation rather than enjoyment. Now don’t get me wrong, it started out a little interesting. A Surgeon’s mentor is botching surgeries on obese patients and he is reluctant to pursue action because of their relationship and his sense of loyalty to his friend and colleague. That was one part of the story. The other part centers around the negligent surgeon’s family dynamic and how his neglected wife falls for his same friend and colleague. The problem I had with the second part of the storyline is that it wasn’t very convincing to me. The love story didn’t really develop in a way that I could accept it as truly having occurred. It felt like one minute they just knew each other and the next minute they were in love. Also, I really disliked the extreme waves of profanity in the book. Anyone who knows me knows that I feel that a good book does not need a lot of cursing in it to improved it’s readability. Instead of adding to it it takes away from it, and this was my experience with reading this book. I’ve read excellent books with little or no profanity, and not so great books with an unnecessary amount of swearing. Overall I didn’t particularly enjoy this book and thus can’t recommend it, however, I can’t say that someone else might not somehow appreciate it.

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The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an interesting story that begins with a lighthouse keeper who finds a live baby and her dead father on a boat that has washed up ashore. The lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne, is torn between the love and devotion he has for his wife, and the moral compass that guides his life course. His wife, who has suffered two miscarriages and one stillbirth wants to keep the child, but her husband’s desire is to report the missing child and the dead man because it’s the right thing to do. From there we read about the circumstances that ensue, and how each life is affected by the choice that is made.

I’m giving this book 4 stars because I felt it was very well written, although it was a little gloomy for my taste. The author did a great job of describing locales, and it was somewhat interesting to learn the responsibilities of a LightKeeper. However, I wasn’t particularly moved enough to ever consider reading it again. I laughed a couple of times and my eyes watered briefly once, but other than that I didn’t have that feeling like I couldn’t wait to get back to it….and rarely did I stop and reflect on any parts the way I do when a book grabs hold of me and I don’t want to let go. This of course is my humble opinion, and I’m not surprised that people loved this book. It simply wasn’t one of my all time favorites.

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