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The Elevator Paperback – August 16, 2016
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Kathy is a lifelong native of West Virginia. She was born January 21, 1961. She's married and the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, Breanna. She is very involved in her church, and loves spending time with family and friends. She's crafty, loves to cook and playing pranks is high on her list of joys. She currently works at Precision Samplers, Inc. in South Charleston, WV as an Administrative Assistant. Kathy always had a passion for romance novels, but real romance, not super “mushy”, or erotica. “Scars of the Heart” is her first novel, “Truth Heals the Heart” is the sequel. It starts the day after the first one ends; however both are stand-alone books. Her newest book is a paranormal called “The Elevator” She also has a series of self-help children’s books written and is looking for an illustrator to publish those.
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Technically, it has writing errors everywhere, has format errors, and is entirely in bold. Within a few pages the author manages to mix up her main character's story. At first she says she's going to work with the CIA and FBI. Then she says she needs to get a job in a huge, expensive, elite building full of lucrative corporations. But even if there were no typos, grammatical errors, misspellings, and other problems, the prose just isn't good. Conversations are stilted and forced. Characters are cliche without any of the dynamic qualities of archetypes. The prose was painfully awkward.
The author also doesn't seem to know anything she's writing about. For instance, she says how the executives at those companies have the most pressure, so they stay the latest. Pardon, but no. The higher the executive, the more time off they get and take. It's the lower-paid workers who stay the longest, who can't comp lunch dates as "business," and even who give a greater percentage of their salaries to charity. Or another example is where her main character "helps" an out of work investor by giving him a list of companies she's sure will be successful. The character who has no background in investing or business. And if that list were a good enough idea that employers would hire someone on the spot, well, then they wouldn't be great ideas because everyone would be investing in them and they'd have to buy high. And if employers would let him invest millions in that list just to see how he did, then they'd do that without the list. A third example is how she says in the year 2020, the crime rate is at an all time high. Which would be very strange since the crime rate has been dropping for decades. For it to rise so rapidly in four years would have stunted the growth of those vaguely defined but highly lucrative corporations housed in the elevator's building.
Which leads to the author's biggest failing. This book is supposed to be about spiritual growth and purpose beyond material considerations. Unfortunately, the author focuses on major corporate profit as a indication of success in life. She not only does it in a way that shows she doesn't understand how investing and the market works, she equates corporate success with goodness in a way that's simply not in keeping with the Bible. Even though she seems to want her character to move beyond earthly ideas about success, she doesn't seem to be able to do so herself. It's like a story about external beauty not mattering involving a model giving out beauty tips to women.
As a result, the redemption story lacks depth, clarity, and even just plain truth. It has sincerity, which is what keeps me from giving it a single star. But the sincerity can't make up for the muddled message, the rampant factual errors, and the wealth of writing problems.
My favorite character, besides Samantha, is Joey.