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Asuccessful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns in penury to try to rebuild her life and career only to discover the devastating effects of unrequited love.


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Review by Sarah Tariq

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The Spirit of Want is a character-driven story that engaged me just from the beginning due to its omniscient character description, realistic and constantly guessing storyline. There is never a dull moment in the story. The multifaceted characters, changing perspectives, and diverse rituals are the prominent features of this book. The element of hypocrisy, jealousy or greed exist in almost every character at the personal or professional level. In the whole story, Lucy appears as the root cause of all troubles; but in reality, every person connected to her has his share of hypocrisy, and they feel contented with this. For instance, A.J.’s professional dishonesty, selfishness, and domestic abuse never let him become a likable person. Another arrogant character is of Hower Bain, whose greed, lust and contumacy put his venerated status to the lowest ebb. Read the entire review here…


Review by Marty_Kelly

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The Spirit of Want is written in the third person but with different points of view. It has a steady pace and is very engrossing. It is a story of love, lust, deceit, desire, ethics, loss and disappointment. I find every aspect of the book interesting and likable. What I like most about the book are the characters; they reflect reality. The characters show how we, humans, make decisions based on wants and the urge to satisfy them irrespective of what we really need. The irony that runs through the book is something we experience in everyday life. Read the entire review here…


Review by Crcraig

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The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a book full of intrigues that will keep you reading to the very end. The book does an excellent job of intertwining the lives of three characters, Luke Osbourne, Lucy MacMiel, and Lucy’s younger sister, Elizabeth.
I give The Spirit of Want a 4 out of 4 rating. The story line is not like most fiction, boy meets girl, boy and girl break, boy and girl get back together. I could not anticipate each character’s next steps, and when I tried, I was usually wrong. It made me want to keep reading. Anyone who likes a good romantic novel with a little mystery thrown in will enjoy this book.
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Review by Marty_Kelly

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Humans are creatures with many layers of complexity. William H. Coles paints, in “The Spirit of Want,” a vivid picture of how complex humans can be. Lucy MacMiel has no real love for Luke Osborne and none for her family either. She initially does not want her baby, Jennifer, and she goes a step further to abandon Jennifer and travel across the world to be with Hower Bain, the man who wrecked her career and whose unchecked wantonness cost her dearly. Luke is a surgeon and works in the same institute as Lucy’s father. He is faced with the option of “looking the other way” when things begin to go wrong or confront his father-in-law and do what is right.
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Review by Steven Samuel

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The book was quite interesting. There were no monologues dedicated to character development, the author gradually unveiled his characters as the book progressed. The author’s characters remained true till the end. For example, Lucy portrayed a selfish individual who sought after her desires without considering the consequences of her actions while Elizabeth portrayed the contrast of Lucy. The book’s editing was next to impeccable, I only spotted very few typographical errors. The book’s twist was mouth-gapping. I could hardly guess the end or what will happen next even if I had tried. Even the book’s end was unexpected and I had a hard time accepting or believing it.
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Review by Budhal

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The story is interesting and thought-provoking. I felt that it was quite close to reality. It really makes you ask questions to yourself about what love actually is. Is it alright to hurt others in the process of loving someone? The characters were flawed which made them believable. I was able to relate to them. I liked how the author narrated both personal and professional experiences of the characters.
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Review by Nerea

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All characters are well-built. The characters manifest the spirits we witness in the world today. For instance, A.J (Lucy’s dad) is a qualified ophthalmologist. He is arrogant, egoistic, and violent. His greedy attitude caused him to lose focus. As a result, he was caught up in a scandal that even his son-in-law, Luke, couldn’t save him. These qualities couldn’t let him have a healthy relationship with his colleagues at work and his family too.
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Review by Paulyne

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I love Coles novels because he uses descriptive writing. The type of writing style that describes people, places and events in such a way that the reader is able to create a clear image in their mind. For instance when he describes Lucy, he writes, ” Lucy had cured-leather tan skin; dark hard eyes; reddish-brown, shoulder-length hair. She was about five feat five, and her figure was thin and muscular, yet indisputably feminine, and her clothes were perfectly tailored, in contrast to Elizabeth.”
The author has also used third persona omniscient point of view which has allowed him the freedom to enlarge the readers spectrum. The reader is able to get inside the mind of multiple characters and excavate deeper into emotions and relationships. Reading through the chapters of this book I was able to see how different characters react and interpret events.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because the story and the characters were well developed. Topics of sexuality, love, romance and infidelity suggest a more mature audience for this dramatic novel. There is no doubt that it was professionally edited as there are no typos or errors through out the content.

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Review by Eva Njoki

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Coles demonstrates the spirit of want on all characters, Lucy wants a place where she feels she belongs, how Luke wants true love in his life, how Elizabeth wants her own children and family, how AJ MacMiel and Hower Vain want power, how Agnes wants her freedom from a suffocating marriage.
The author focuses on Lucy and revolves around family drama, politics and legal, love and passion and a bit of religion.I love that the author does not sugar coat all these experiences and he demonstrates it to us in the raw form. Forget Romeo and Juliet, the author shows the aspect of relationships, from young and growing love to the gruesome break ups leading to divorce.
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Review by gichimuAnn

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This book discusses a range of issues in our society today. How people in high places take advantage of those they should be taking care of. William H. Coles talks about religion and a reader can relate the story to real life. My favourite theme was on family. The author wrote a plot where the value of family is taken for granted by some characters. And if they had stuck with their families maybe they’d have had different results in their lives. It is an educative and entertaining book that relates to life and the nature of human beings.
This book has no grammatical errors. The editing is well done. I didn’t encounter any instances of profanity. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a tragic story with a lot of drama and is most appropriate for a mature audience.
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