About the Book
When Gina Andros loses her husband Alex and almost two-year old daughter Teresa in a car accident, her world falls apart. Her mother-in-law Helena, a woman she views as a second mother, blames her for the accident and cuts her out of her life. Doing so, she turns her family, including Gina’s best friends, Anna and Christian, away from her. Gina falls deep into the pit of grief, but slowly the family starts to heal—due in part to a major event in her life. But not before Helena goes to great lengths to derail Gina’s recovery. Will Helena’s heart melt, bringing the family back together?
As the months go by, the possibility of new love arrives in Gina’s life, but is it the love God has planned for her? Will Gina realize the one she is meant to be with, and if she does, will he be ready to love her unconditionally?
In My Opinion
Fair warning, when you read Love Ordained by Tara Taffera, keep a box of tissues near.
Taffera tackles the difficult topic of grief in a griping and emotional story. Gina’s world was turned upside down when she lost her husband and daughter. When his family cuts off ties, she is despondent, depressed, and unengaged.
For the first half of the book, we get Gina’s point of view as well as those of her concerned parents and Gina’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The second half of the book is about Gina’s change of heart and her fight to live. And the possibility of future love.
Grief hits you unexpectedly—a memory, a scent, a conversation—and Taffera excels at showing that in Gina’s life. This is a book about sorrow, faith, family, forgiveness, and the glimpses of hope in the darkness.
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