Karma, Deception And A Pair Of Red Ferraris was an enjoyable read right from the beginning. Elaine, the protagonist tells her story of her quest fro true love. The book follows her on her quest to find her soul mate, and she’s already been married three times!
Elaine is successful, she doesn’t need a man in her life to take care of her. She doesn’t need a man in her life to define her. She wants a man in her life to enjoy spending time with. But as she has found out the hard way it isn’t always as easy as meeting someone and hitting it off.
The main bulk of the book deals with Elaine’s relationship with Jake, an OBGYN. Jake seems perfect for Elaine and she embarks on the relationship with high hopes that he is the much desired “one”. Her psychic tells her that she is about to embark on a wonderful relationship and Elaine firmly believes this must be with Jake. Jake has issues. He has also been involved with a few women and has a complicated relationship with his ex, whom he still sees from time to time. He hasn’t gotten over his dad wife either.
Throughout the book we get to share the ups and downs of Elaine’s life, especially the downs. Her beloved dog, Graeble, is diagnosed with cancer. At first the vet is able to treat her and Elaine appreciates and values the time she gets to spend with Graeble. But just as her relationship with Jake is becoming a little more established Graeble’s cancer returns and there is nothing to do be done for. Elaine decides to go with the most humane option and takes her beloved dog to the vet to have her put to sleep. Quite clearly she needs someone to talk to but Jake is absent, spending time with his adult kids instead. This is when Elaine begins to realise that he is never going to be all she wants him to be.
They eventually go their separate ways and Elaine slips into a depression caused by the break-up and the grief of losing Graeble. Her life feels hollow and she almost ends it at one point. Thankfully her doctor prescribes anti-depressants and HRT – Elaine is hitting the menopause – and she is able to slowly lift herself out of her depression. She becomes a volunteer for a homeless charity and begins to appreciate her life once more, even without Jake in it. She finally bumps into him again and is shocked to learn that he has an aggressive form of cancer. She offers to be a companion to him until the end.
This book contains an awful lot of emotional stuff and you may need a box of tissues when you read it. It was a love story but not the whole hearts and flowers, which was unexpected. Elaine goes through a huge personal transformation and it is really emotional for her.
Very well written. Thought provoking. Often emotional. Witty. I loved it.
5 stars *****