Book Review: Just Destiny

Just Destiny
by Theresa Rizzo:
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?

Maria's thoughts: Despite their age difference, Gabe and Jenny have the ideal marriage. Although Jenny agreed early on that they would remain childless, she's excited to find out she's pregnant but nervous about telling Gabe. Then tragedy strikes. Gabe dies suddenly after being hit by a car, leaving Jenny bruised and in charge of so many decisions. Gabe never stipulated anything about his death, and Jenny is grieving too much to make any decisions. Jenny finds an unlikely alibi in Judith, Gabe's ex-wife. She's a pillar of strength. She stands by Jenny's side and assists in any way she can. When Gabe's Uncle George discovers that Jenny has agreed to donate Gabe's organs, he is angered but powerless to stop it. However, he is determined to prevent Jenny from using the sperm that a doctor had taken post mortem. He acquires a restraining order and fights Jenny in court.

Jenny is a loving but somewhat immature wife in the beginning. She grows in strength and maturity as she overcomes her grief and fights for her right to use her husband's sperm. She is caring, understanding, and gentle. Most of all, she wants to honor her husband with a child he was unable to have with her.

Although Steve is a minor character, he shines throughout the novel. He's Jenny's neighbor and Gabe's friend and helps Jenny in any way he can. Steve discovers for himself what true love is. It's not a fleeting moment with his beautiful fiancee, but a lifetime with a woman who cherishes him. He sees the ideal marriage that Gabe and Jenny had and that Jenny is the epitome of womanhood. When he compares her to his fiancee, he sees how transparent their relationship is.

The author raises an ethical issue with Jenny's battle. Just because it's scientifically possible to retrieve Gabe's sperm and artificially inseminate her, does that make it right?

This is an enjoyable novel that will keep you turning the pages.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Maria--So glad you enjoyed the book!