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La doctora Cole (Cole Family Trilogy #3)

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La doctora Cole abandona la tensión y frialdad del hospital y la ciudad para refugiarse como médico rural en Woodfield, un pueblecito perdido del estado de Massachusetts. Allí descubrirá que es posible vivir y practicar la medicina de una forma más humana y, también, más misteriosa. Woodfield se convertirá en algo más que un refugio temporal, será, en todos los sentidos, s ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published 1995 by Círculo de Lectores
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Matters of Choice (Cole Family Trilogy #3), Noah Gordon
A spirited and gifted physician forgoes a stellar career at a prestigious hospital for a small town private practice, and finds even greater challenges than those of the big city. Now she faces her hardest test as a doctor and a woman: whether to keep the medical secret of a girl who has desperately turned to her for help, or to betray that trust to keep the love of the man who has filled her life with unexpected joy....
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Laura
Nov 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I so very much enjoyed the first two books in the series. I agree wholeheartedly with the other critical reviews of this book. I would not recommend it. I do plan to read other well-reviewed Noah Gordon books like The Last Jew. I don't know what happened with this book, but it was, indeed, as though it was written by someone other than the same author of The Physician and Shaman.

Skip it and read one of his good books instead.
Miquel Reina
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matters of Choice is the third book of Noah Gordon's successful trilogy. This part takes a jump of several centuries, focusing on the life of one of the descendants of the protagonist of the first novel. Like the first part, the medicine will be the thread of the plot, but this time, the main character is a female that will have to confront gender bias in a difficult time to be a woman doctor. For me, this book is even better than the first, especially for the realistic atmosphere of the time an ...more
Elena
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Nada destacable a reseñar... bastante estándar. Poco peso de toda la historia de la saga familiar detrás. Algunos giros argumentales interesantes, eso sí.

En general me ha gustado más que "Chamán", que se me hizo muy largo, pero no tanto como "El médico", para mí el mejor de la trilogía.

Al menos ya puedo decir que me he leído los tres :)
Chi-Chi
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a disappointment. I really enjoyed the first two books in the The Cole Family Series and was eager to read this one. But, boy. I felt that Gordon't handling of the protagonist R.J. was so incredibly clumsy. It's as if the task of voicing a female character overwhelmed him. There were little things that just felt so off, little comments that didn't need to be included but sounded like a man's stereotypical idea of what a woman would think and want. I remember R.J. having a cup ...more
Reinhold
Sep 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Politisches Pamphlet als Groschenroman

Dieses Buch ist das schlimmste was man der Medicus-Reihe antun konnte, hätte Gordon sich doch bloß entschlossen nach der Schamane aufzuhören. Nachdem ich die beiden ersten Teile der Trilogie gelesen hatte, war es nur selbstverständlich, dass ich auch den dritten und letzten Teil lesen würde. Zwar gab es Hinweise, dass dieser letzte Teil nicht so gut wäre wie die ersten beiden, aber dass er derartig übel wäre, hätte ich nicht erwartet. Teilweise mag das daran
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Remo
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1995, medicina, novela
Ansiado tercer volumen de la trilogía de "El médico". Tal y como le ocurre a "Chamán", la segunda parte, no tiene nada que hacer frente al primero. Se convierte además en un libro denuncia contra la situación de la medicina pública en los EE.UU. Hay libros mejores, pero este se deja leer y es entretenido. Rob J no me gusta nada como protagonista. Es una mentirosa. Es falsa. La verdad es que el autor podría haberse esforzado un poco más con el personaje protagonista del cierre de una (pretendida) ...more
La Talpa
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der dritte Teil der "Medicus-Reihe" hat mit seinen Vorgängern so rein gar nichts mehr zu tun und das fand ich am Anfang des Hörbuchs auch recht befremdlich. Aber je weiter ich gehört hatte und als ich mich geistig davon verabschiedet hatte, dass dieses Buch Teil der Reihe ist, hat es mir doch sehr gut gefallen.

Es spiel in unserer Zeit und man begleitet die Ärztin RJ Cole auf ihrem Weg als Hausärztin in einem kleinen Dorf Amerikas und wie sie zu diesem Job kam. Ich fand die Dinge, die ihr dort wi
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Mariana Salazar
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy ameno y de fácil lectura, te atrapa al instante y jamas aburre, es el cierre de la trilogía de la familia Colé y es muy, muy diferente de el médico y chamán asi que puedo entender por que a muchas personas no les gusta, pero para mi al contrario este cambio de escenarios me resulto atrayente.
Ubicado en la época no actual pero si moderna, nos lleva por la vida de una.mujer que lleva el peso de venir de una Dinastía de grandes doctores y que además lleva el nombre de un muy reconocido
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Cindy
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Noah Gordon wraps a sense of modern reality in the story of the Coles. For me, personally, this wasn't the brightest of the trilogy, but that is most likely due to the fact that it is set in 'today's world. My knowledge is deeper about the issues, so R.J's experiences were not unexpected as it relates to the practice of medicine. I still thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Cheryl
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a strong, dramatic story about a woman doctor making tough moral decisions. It has good medical descriptions, and hits home with small-town life and living green! Good ethical questions and soul-searching!
Shamsh
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much. It touches some subjects which I consider very important and it is as well-written as the 2 first books of the saga.
Zoe
Not nearly as good as the first two in the series, the book suffered from a setting contemporary to its writing and all the problems of a man writing a female main character. I understand that a woman as a doctor shows progression of the profession through time, but the intimate thoughts and personal story fell into cliché far too often. It really disappoints me because I think "Physician" is probably in my top 20 books I've ever read, and "Shaman" manages the unusual viewpoint of a deaf narrato ...more
Sheri
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much. It is the story of RJ Cole, doctor. This is the last book of a trilogy about the Drs. Cole. The first two were about lands far away and long ago. The other docs were men and RJ is a woman. She has inherited "the Gift" that some of her ancestors had, in that she can feel the imminent death of a person simply by holding their hands and sensing the outcome of their health.
There is alot going on in this book. Three women have been friends for many years and we follow t
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Kathrin Seehafer
Ich habe so ein Buch noch nie mit so einer ungeahnten Geschwindigkeit gelesen.Obwohl ich das Buch << Der Schamane >> noch nicht gelesen habe,bin ich noch immer beeindruckt vom Ende der Trilogie.(In einigen Passagen des Buches habe ich Facetten meiner eigenen Persönlichkeit erkannt,aber das nur am Rande.)Als Deutsche, mit ostdeutschen Wurzeln,war es für mich ein erschreckender Einblick in das amerikanische Gesundheitswesen.R.J.Cole , die Heldin des Buches und ihre Menschlichkeit im Um ...more
Diane
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bookwurms
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've never given a 5 star to a book and I've read many books! I absolutely loved this story. To go from the other two wonderful books in the genre of historical fiction to writing in the "NOW" era so proficiently is a wonder to me. Especially writing about a woman from a male author's point of view I was very impressed! I was so fascinated by the character I wanted to be there with her, fishing in the river and building that bridge!! I've been somewhat of a tomboy all my life and I could so iden ...more
Kathy
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This was totally different than Noah Gordon's first two in the series. That, I'm afraid, made it hard to get into, as I loved the history in the two earlier books. I also felt that this book focused too much on politics of the day, abortion clinics, health care problems in modern times. I suppose it was just too real to life for me to really enjoy it. Thus, the 3 stars. And I almost didn't finish it, so I guess I liked it enough to find out what happened.
Beth
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading if you have started the series. But, it does not live up to my expectations after the first two books. For those reviewers who found the book liberally biased and the main character to be far too liberal, I wonder at their finding it so or not expecting it to be so. After all, the first two books featured main characters who were quite liberal when viewed from the point of time the books were set.
Jacque Cullers
I enjoyed this book, but it is not quite what u was expecting, since the first two books in the series were historical fiction and this was contemporary. The topic was a difficult one to tackle. I applaud Noah Gordon for doing so, but can see how he might alienate some of his readership with the views expressed.
Magui
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, and it was a very fast read. He first two in the trilogy appealled to me a bit more because they transported me to a different time, and therefore, to a world full of surprising facts and interesting twists and turns. This book, being set in modern times, was less surprising and more predictable. I still enjoyed it very much.
Lenny Husen
What a disappointment! A terrible ending to a trilogy (the first two books were wonderful). I know he was trying to make a statement about abortion and Pro-Choice (and I am Pro-Choice) but this book makes a strong statement against abortion. I don't think that was his intention, but in any case, I disliked this book. Too bad, because the HeartRocks were cute.
REGINA V. KOWAL
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story telling at it's best.

Noah Gordon is a marvellous storyteller. Although I found book 3 of the trilogy tiresome at times and contained unnecessary fluff. Aside from that the story of the Cole family kept me wanting more. The story covered a hundred years of medicine. It's a joyride for anyone who has an interest in medicine.
Carmen R.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro está lleno de superación y de humanidad.
Me cautivó desde el primer momento al tener una protagonista femenina fuerte y decidida a luchar por sus ideales.
Además el escenario de la novela es maravilloso como el resto de los personajes secundarios.
Para mi ha sido un libro que al terminar te abre un poquito mas los ojos, dejándote pensar.
Sara
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate the author's efforts in bringing his saga about generations of Cole family physicians into the 20th century, this book sure seemed like a novel in search of a plot. The ending just sort of ran out of steam as though Gordon got really, really tired of RJ & everyone else. I know I did.
Arlene Richards
The Cole, this time is female and the time period covered is recent. After the rich and absorbing historical content of the first two books in the trilogy, I was disappointed in this one. It is a good book, well written but lacks the depth and the passion that I had come to expect.
Dawn
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first two books in this trilogy, but still a decent read. Perhaps the fact that it takes place in the present day might account for my not enjoying it as much, since reading about times past adds to my enjoyment. At any rate, I will read more Noah Gordon for sure.
Karen
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the rich, historic settings of the first two books in the Coles Trilogy (The Physician and Shaman), Matters of Choice felt like a bit of a letdown. It's not a bad novel, nor poorly written. It just doesn't feel like the same quality of literary fiction after reading the other two books.
Melissa
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not in the same class as the others of this trilogy. More of a chick lit book. This book would probably not be enjoyed by anyone who has objections to abortion.
Doutor Branco
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Noah Gordon is an American novelist. Some of the topics covered within his novels include medical history and medical ethics. More recently he has begun to focus more on themes relating to the Inquisition, and Jewish cultural history. His novel Shaman won the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction in 1993.

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