Once again, physician and author William Schuh gives his readers an inside look at the pressures and personalities of medical personnel. This time he also shares his insight into the workings of the managed health care industry.
As the story unfolds Dr. Peter Sorensen, a recovering alcoholic, has been given one last chance to save his career by opening an office in a small town for his large clinic and HMO. He unexpectedly adapts to the small town atmosphere – perhaps because of childhood memories or because his landlord turns out to be a beautiful single mother.
Tragedy strikes when Peter discovers breast cancer in his new romantic interest. The plot thickens when the HMO denies payment for her treatment. Fighting for her pits Peter against his own clinic and HMO and threatens his job. In struggling to save the life of his new love and preserve his career, Peter must face his past failings, his disrupted relationship with his father, and resolve the cause of his alcoholism.
On the first page of the book, as is Dr. Schuh’s habit, there is a quote from the Bible that gives a clue to the underlying theme.
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
This is a story of a man growing up mentally and emotionally – long after he had reached adulthood physically. Peter Sorensen came up against the serious issues of life that caused him to make the sobering step of putting away childish, self-centered ways.
Although the book is basically written in a family friendly format, it deals with life situations by adults who are not always acting in God’s will. I found The Emerald Surf enjoyable and interesting reading. The author creates believable characters that I can relate to and who are real enough that I expect to meet them on the street. This is probably the reason that I was a little disappointed in the ending. Although Peter Sorensen showed immense personal growth and there was a happy ending, I would like to have seen a little more growth and perhaps a marriage proposal.
The Emerald Surf is soon to be released. Check for more information at Dr. Schuh's website Parables of Today