Title: Just Destiny
Author: Theresa Rizzo
Published Date: March 31, 2014
Genre: Women’s Literature
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
What would you do if your whole world fell apart?
Jenny Harrison made some poor choices in the past, but marrying Gabe was the best thing she’d ever done. They had the perfect marriage, until a tragic accident leaves Gabe brain dead and her world in ruins.
Devastated by grief, she decides to preserve the best of their love by conceiving his child, but Gabe’s family is adamantly opposed, even willing to chance exposing long-held family secrets to stop her. Caught in a web of twisted motives and contentious legal issues, Jenny turns to best friend and attorney, Steve Grant. Steve wants to help Jenny, but he has reservations and secrets of his own.
When something so private and simple turns public and complicated, will Jenny relent? What is Steve willing to sacrifice to help Jenny?
The characters’ are presented with quite a few social, moral and ethical issues, and it feels like the author’s stance on those issues is quite obvious. Although it is not uncommon for authors to address current issues, I much prefer a story told in a way that the makes the reader ponder her own perspective on the topic rather than to be told how to feel about the issues. A little more writing finesse and ambiguity in the writer’s opinion would have made this story significantly more interesting to me.
The story focuses on Jenny and her decisions and actions after the death of her husband. Jenny is an interesting character. She is in an unenviable situation which would usually make her a sympathetic character, however, her inconsistency, selfishness and dishonesty made her an unlikeable character for me. In fact, there were many times in the book that if felt like the author didn’t like this character given the way Jenny was presented. I would have liked more insight to Gabe, deceased husband, and Steve, hunky next-door neighbor, in order to form an opinion based on something other than Jenny’s perspective of them.
The story was well paced and engaging. The secondary characters were somewhat quirky and interesting. I had a hard time with some of the character reactions to situations in the story, and I can’t say if that is because I didn’t get a good feel for them or I thought the response was inconsistent with characters’ presented attributes. Although a HEA ending is usually appealing to me, I’m not sure that I buy into the epiphany that lead to this one. I enjoyed the book. It is an easy vacation read.
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