Karma, Deception, and a Pair of Red Ferraris: A Memoir
by Elaine Taylor

Warm2wardU Publishing, LLC, 2015. ISBN 978-0-990-82402-2.
Reviewed by Cinda Brooks
Posted on 06/17/2016

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Life Lessons

I have a strong appetite to learn from other's experience through healing to hope in order to help others on their journey. Elaine Taylor's Karma, Deception, and a Pair of Red Ferraris was a feast. The title itself hints at the wild ride in Taylor's journey from a neglected and abusive childhood to a woman who can receive and give love.

Taylor's self-esteem foundation was first built by her mother: "You think you're some kind of special, but let me tell you, little girl. You're not. You're a nobody. Just like me. And that's all you're ever going to be." Taylor's writing is gut-wrenching, real, and descriptive, as seen in her reflection on her mother's comment, "Now there's a Mom-seed for ya, planted deep in fertile soil. That sucker sprouted and burgeoned into an invisible giant low-self-esteem sequoia, faithfully policing the entrance to any path I itched to forge."

Taylor desperately tries to fill the cavernous emotional hole created by her mother and the absence of her father. Burdened with guilt from her belief that she had something to do with her father.s leaving and with shame instilled by her mother, Taylor looks for love from a long string of men and seeks direction from a psychic and from a God who she calls .Glorious.. Jake Kingston, a rich surgeon, brings her hope that she may have found the key to the life and the love she desperately longs for. She does find this love, but not in the way or with the timing the reader anticipates. The key lies within—learning to love herself.

Taylor's writing stands out through her use of dialogue and description of scenes, food, and relationships. Viewer discretion is advised: the language is often raw, vulgar, and sexually explicit. This powerful expression gives the reader a sense of the intensity of her self-loathing and the depth of her low-self-esteem. It is an eye-opening memoir that offers the reader a raw and real insight into a journey from devastation to healing and love.

Elaine Taylor is a former IT headhunter and Contingent Workforce Management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Raphael House in San Francisco. She teaches Story Structure through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University. Karma, Deception, and a Pair of Red Ferraris is her only work of creative nonfiction. She has written two suspense novels: Final Betrayal and Final Punishment. She lives with her husband and two highly indulged Weimaraners, in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. Visit her website.

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