4 Stars and a recommendation for any reader of the Contemporary Romance genre sGift copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Finding a Path Do you believe in destiny about predefined outcomes that happen regardless of the way you live your life Are there other qualifiers that define destiny does the end result need to be a major life event or something that impacts how you live your life and what other choices maybe be made In Just Destiny, author Theresa Rizzo constructs characters and a storyline that begs the age old question about whether or not we end up in certain situations, living a certain life, regardless of all the planning we do in life.
Just Destiny is a complex story filled with heartache and the turmoil about accepting what is and moving on, and about fighting for what we believe is right We see our main character, Jenny Harrison go through a major life event, a major loss and then use the experience to find her purpose The basis of the story is whether or not Jenny can win a legal battle, brought about by her deceased husband s uncle, to use her husband s sperm much like any other case of organ donation Jenny s motivation was questionable but understandable all the same Logic tells you that doing this would only inhibit Jenny from moving on, but really, how is that any different than if they had already had children They built a life together and this would just have an extension of that, no As a reader, that s what you re forced to consider Throughout the story we are given clues and eventually we find out about secrets on both sides of the court case, within both Jenny s and Gabe s family, that will impact how the battle is fought, and eventually, the trial s outcome But that s just part of what the story is about This story is also largely about the development of romantic love from friendship Jenny s neighbor and best friend Steve Grant is there to help her pick up the pieces and deal with her grief, he s experiencing his own grief as Jenny s husband Gabe was his best friend What follows is the slow realization, on bother characters parts, that there could or should be between them even after one thinks they have found their one true love, Steve s relationship with Jenny forces her to realize what s she s learned about herself from loving Gabe and helps her come to terms with personal growth.
One of the strongest aspects of this book is the dialogue writing From the daily mundane conversations, the conflicts between would be fianc s and friends, and especially with the courtroom testimony and activities These scenes are very believable and well written even with my limited knowledge of court cases, the dialogue rings true.
In Just Destiny one of the central characters muses I believe we each have our own path to travel Someone we make false starts and detours, but we have this internal compass that knows our true oath We just have to listen to it I d like to believe this is true that if we listen to our instinct, our hearts, yes, we find our destiny.
Since I wrote the book, naturally, I think it s wonderful It s great for anyone who likes a good romance with a little extra in the plot This story would make a great book club read, stimulating tons of questions And I d love to be at each book club meeting to hear the discussion and listen o everyone s opinions.
What would you do if your world fall apart What would you do if your husband is declared brain dead and you lose the baby you re carrying at the same time Would you preserve that chance in conceiving his child Is it worth going to court and have your life publicly exposed Jenny fought to hold on to something that was to be hers and Gabe s, her husbands I admit I don t quite agree on her decision but I understood and respected it But then again, I don t quite agree with most of her choices, like not telling Gabe she was pregnant for one But she owned her mistakes and learned from it.
I love that I got to read Gabe s thoughts and feelings for Jenny.
And there s the hot and sexy Steve, Jenny s neighbour and best friend But Steve loves Jenny than just friends though he fought against his feelings, to the extent of getting himself engage with someone he didn t love And though he doesn t quite agree with what Jenny is doing, he supported her all the way The sacrifice he made to support Jenny you can t help but love him I thought he was perfect His character is definitely one of the most develop in the story.
I enjoyed reading everybody s opinion on such a touchy issue even George s, Gabe s uncle, the opposing party, the villain of the story Though I would really just rather strangle him The book started off slow but it did pick up its pace along the way I loved reading the court scenes the most The controversy of the issue, its legal, medical and ethical areas, it is pretty touchy Ms Rizzo must have made thorough research on such cases it was definitely most intriguing just fascinating A surprising read and I loved it It is edgy, romantic, heartbreaking, and enlightening Written in multi POV.
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