Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Review: 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?

Expected publication: March 31st 2014
Terri's Thoughts:
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts.  I'm not sure how she found me whether it be from Goodreads or my blog but I am sure glad that she did.
This was a well written emotional account of the aftermath of a tragic accident.  Mix in the controversial issue of conceiving a child after someone has passed away and it has the formula for a captivating read.
The character development was really well done.  I liked both Jenny and Steve from the very first page.  They were two individual characters with a strong bond of friendship and I could feel every emotion that each went through as the story progressed.  There were just enough secrets to keep you interested without having so many that it was unrealistic.  The relationship between these two was understated yet powerful at the same time
I liked the fact that a controversial issue was the focal point of the story.  Normally when a story gets to the courtroom it tends to lose my attention a little bit.  This was not the case in this story.  In fact I felt this is where it really picked up steam.  This was the point where my household chores got ignored and I stayed glued to my tablet.
A couple of random points
  • I loved the fact that there was a golden retriever in the story.  Mine was curled up with me the whole time I was reading the story
  • I thought the ending (no spoiler) to the story was appropriate
  • I believe there will be a sequel so I will be sure to partake once it is released
Overall a really good read!

About the Author

Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years.

Twitter:   Theresa_Rizzo    



  1. Terri here: I was exchanging with Theresa and we were wondering if you read more than one book at a time? We would love to hear your answers!

  2. Hi Terri, thanks for the lovely review. So glad you enjoyed Jenny and Steve's story. Yeah, can't keep things straight if I try to read more than one book at a time. Some authors can write two stories simultaneously--I can't do that either. I'm really good at multitasking, but not with something like that. Can't wait to hear from someone who can read multi books at once. How? WHY?

  3. This sounds like a really great book! I love books that have a controversial issue and the author takes it head on! This is definitely a book I'm interested in reading (:

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tina. I had a ton of sun researching all the specifics in this story.