About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Love Ordained by Tara Taffera: Review with JustRead PublicityTours


Where Great Loss Turns to Ordained Love

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?


Grab your tissues! This is a very emotional story, and I found myself wondering how I would have handled losing my husband and daughter in one terrible instance. How would I have felt having the people who had become my second family reject me, and leave me without their support? These are the events that occur in Love Ordained and author Tara Taffera has explored all of the emotions associated with death and loss. Gina's absolute numbness after a tragic accident that claimed her husband and two-year-old daughter. Her feelings of being smothered by her parents, and her despair over losing the support of her in-laws. This story spans a year in Gina's life, and over the course of that year, she progresses from barely getting out of bed, and forgetting to pay her bills, to a point where she can finally feel hope for her future. Gina also learns how vital it is to have faith and trust in God!

Love Ordained is a compelling story of love, loss, and grief. It shows us that our life can change in a second, but it also reminds us that memories are vital, healing is possible, and forgiveness is a must. This isn't an easy book to read, and there is a lot of sadness, but Gina's story is one that you won't soon forget! Love Ordained is Taffera's debut novel, and I look forward to her future writing efforts.

I voluntarily accepted a copy of this book. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Tara Taffera is a journalist living in Stafford, Va., with her husband of 23 years, and her three daughters. In 2020, she realized her dream of writing her first novel, Love Ordained which is now available on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle. She has always loved to read, and anyone who knows her knows how fast she can plow through a good book. Her mother always says, how as a youngster, she was always asking to go back to the library for more books. She started writing Love Ordained more than 20 years ago, and she finally made it a priority in early 2020, and finished the book—a Christian romance.

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