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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is the story of conflicting emotions and love as our protagonist discovers life when she is forced to make some tough decisions. The story follows the life and conflicts of Lucy, a lawyer by profession. She is married to Luke, a doctor by profession, but she doesn’t want him. Her life takes an intense turn when she is hired to defend Hower Bain, a TV evangelist who is charged with sexually molesting a young girl. The two become close and soon Lucy falls in love. She believes Hower is the man for her and only he can fulfill her wants. But are things exactly how she sees them? Or is there a rude awakening waiting to happen?
Listening to the audiobook narrated by William H. Coles is a whole sensory experience. He embodies his characters, feels them, and then narrates their story to his audience. His dialogue delivery in this audiobook feels extra special, maybe because Lucy’s character is so real and fascinating. He raises and lowers his voice according to the flow of the story and makes sure he stresses each turning point.
I don’t think there is a novel by William H. Coles that I haven’t read and I am so grateful for that. This novel focuses on the fragility of humans and how our emotions can easily play us. Lucy is a relatable character. She is sensitive, vulnerable, and lives her life according to her heart. William H. Coles does a fantastic job of portraying her in her real essence and make sure her intentions are clear to the reader. Much like his other stories, this one flows exceptionally well too. I highly recommend this novel for more mature readers.