Good Medicine - Medical School IV
by Michael Loucks
Categories: Fiction » Coming of Age
Content Rating: Older than 17
Mike's third year of medical school has been, in very simple terms, very hard. Having to put together an entirely new routine centered around your helpless and vulnerable infant daughter, along with continuing to excel academically, would be a strain for anybody finding themselves suddenly a single parent. Although it hasn't been easy, it's yet another test that Mike passes with, by most people's judgement, flying colors. So, where does he go from here?
His relationship with Elizaveta was unusual in the "western world," in that it originated out of a sense of duty. Yes, there was a physical attraction, but even on their wedding night, probably not what would be popularly called "true love," by most. Mike needed a wife before being ordained a Deacon, and Elizaveta fit all the right criteria perfectly. Over time, a genuine love developed between the two of them that Mike has sorely missed in the months since she reposed. His career path, and mostly his love for Rachel, dictates that he find a new wife to succeed Elizaveta and be her mother, and (spoiler alert) it also dictates he MUST give up his Diaconate. The question is, who should it be?
When you're a top-of-your-class medical student and member of a band, with charm and good looks, options aren't exactly limited. The challenge is less about finding a quantity of candidates to be the potential new Mrs. Doctor Michael Loucks as it is finding the girl with just the right mix of what Rachel, and more importantly, Mike, needs in a new wife and mother. The question is, does he need someone exactly like Elizaveta, or is he in a new stage of his life and in need of someone distinctly different? Oh, and there's still a full year of medical school left! Year four promises to be both a journey's end and the start of a number of new beginnings.
A magnificent story in an unusual setting
Reviewed it on March 22, 2023
This is in my view the best of its series up till now; choosing a successor for his dead wife, the MC winds his way through an amazing collection of very different women in his search for a new mother for his daughter.
The author keeps the tension in the search up continuously, no mean feat in view of the numbers involved. The final result may seem simple and perhaps a little trite, but reflects the real character of the hero.
Whilst I have no personal interest in churches or religion generally, I can accept that others do. Orthodox life would be impossibly constricting for me, but I find the dedication fascinating and the surrounding structures and personalities provide an impressive contrast to the loose morality of the hero‘s search.
Impressive is however for me above all the author‘s command of the technical aspects of the story, from emergency medicine to the French language, and his wonderful command of the English language - at last an author who can set prepositions correctly!
Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful story.
The Continuation of an Epic Novel
Reviewed it on March 20, 2023
This Book in the epic story of the triumphs and tribulations of becoming a good Doctor, Father, Husband and Man. Though religion is integral to the story, I found there to be excessive, detailed religious dogma throughout the book that distracted this reader from the story's superlative narrative. This factor alone resulted in my downgrading what would have otherwise been a fantastic story.