by Theresa Rizzo
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Theresa Rizzo
Pub Date: March 31 2014
Genre: Romance, Chicklit, New Adult
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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?
My Review: I really loved this book, it was wonderful and a moving story. Jenny has such a happy life with Gabe and one day it all changed. An accident came along and left Gabe brain dead, which just broke Jenny. I mean I could feel how it was for her and see how hard it is on her, but then something happened. She decided on having Gabe’s child and she can have a family with the kid and have a part of Gabe always with her.
So having his kid would be a great thing right? Well according to everyone else, its not a good thing. Gabe’s family doesn’t want her to have this kid. So many secrets are hidden, that it just becomes hard on Jenny. So what’s the smart thing to do? Well she goes and talks to Steve, a good friend and a lawyer. Maybe he can shed light on what would be the right thing to do.
So sadly he has his own secrets and doesn’t help so much right away. This leads Jenny dealing with everything on her own. Trials, herself, the child, the right thing to do, and well it’s not an easy process, and doing it on your own just isn’t good. But Jenny is strong and I loved her through every page of the book.
I just wished they would give her a break. Like come on, she wasn’t married more than a few years, and after he died, she should have the right to be upset and have his child. He was her husband and if she wants a child then she can. It’s her damn right, but of course people just give her a hard time, and you know what, Jenny came out strong in the end.
This book also goes into POV of a few people. Which I don’t usually love, but somehow it worked for this book and it gives you more insight on what is going on and just what the other characters have to say about it.
I really loved this book and look forward to reading more of Theresa’s work. Normally I don’t read many of these books because it generally has a lot that I can relate to, and well it’s not always fun to read books with loss, heartbreak, struggles and all that. However when I read this book, it was extra special since I could relate a lot with this book.