Sunday, January 18, 2009
My Review: This Side of Heaven
Karen Kingsbury can write. She can tug at your heartstrings and make the tears flow. Her characters are well-drawn, even if she does recycle them through several books. However, unless the legal system in Colorado is vastly different from that in Louisiana (and I don't think it is), then she needs to do better research. This Side of Heaven is about Josh, a young man who was badly injured when he was hit by a drunk driver. The book tells of him giving several depositions, with the judge present. Generally, plaintiffs only have to give one deposition (and while it may go more than one day in extraordinary cases, in general any plaintiff lawyer worth his/her salt isn't going to allow his/her client to be deposed more than once without a big fight. Also, judges do not attend depositions. Further, thoughout the book, Kingsbury refers to Josh's settlement. It is true that most cases settle--the plaintiff and defendant agree on an amount before the case is tried. I seem to recall in this book though that the judge determined the amount of money Josh was to be paid--and that is called a judgment, not a settlement.
Other than her errors about the legal system, it is a good book. It deals with Josh's relationship with members of his family--including the daughter he has never met. Josh is a blue collar kid of white collar parents. He suffers great physical pain because of the accident and great emotional pain because of perceived failures in life. I don't want to say much more, because I don't want to spoil the story. Suffice to say it was a good read; and the ending was full of joy.
First Wildcard is touring This Side of Heaven on February 13. Check back then to read the first chapter.
Question for Discussion: Is there any problem with white collar, particularly wealthy white collar parents having blue collar children?