Destiny Denied

Fiction - Cultural
163 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2012
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Author Biography

Rosemary Gard has won a finalist award from Readers Favorite for her first book , Destiny's Dowry, the first of a planned trilogy.

She spent three months in the 50's in a Croatian village devoid of any modernization. She lived with the peasants washing clothes in the river, cooking on a clay stove in a house with a dirt floor.

In her Destiny books she draws on family stories and her experiences in Croatia. One reviewer called her book a 'Mystery with History.'

The second Destiny book, Destiny Denied is a continuation of the heroines dangerous and troubled life.

This author gives reading and speaks at library and groups several times a month.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

It is the early years of the last century and Stefan Vladeslav leaves his family's Croatian home, running away from constant family problems. Stefan's father announces his illegitimate son Ivan as an heir and Stefan's mother is obsessed with the family's monetary inheritance. Stefan sells his horse and saddle and buys a ticket on the Orient Express to Istanbul and meets up with older woman Magda who he knows from a local gambling house that offers prostitution. Magda and Stefan tour Europe gambling and passing themselves off as a wealthy aunt travelling with her nephew. Madga dies in Italy in 1909 and leaves her money and her gambling house to Stefan. Stefan returns home hoping for forgiveness but he finds that his father is not speaking to him and that his mother is dead. Stefan's aunt Sophie, his father's sister, has an adopted daughter, Katya, who loves Ivan, Stefan's step-brother, but Ivan's mother calls red-haired Katya a witch. The local Gypsies agree with her and trail Katya's every move.

"Destiny Denied" is an intriguing story of a family's deep secrets coming to light and leaving them with choices that they'd rather not make. That the late local parish priest Father Lahdra kept a journal telling of those secrets is a good writing ploy and makes "Destiny Denied" above-average as an exciting read. The characters of Stefan, Katya, Ivan, Magda, Anton who is Stefan's father, Valina the Gypsy, Sophie and Alexie are totally believable. The plot line runs smoothly to the last pages as Stefan leaves home once again and Katya and Ivan are faced with an unexpected destiny. "Destiny Denied" is good historical fiction and should appeal to most readers.

Melissa Russell


Melissa Russell's review Dec 05, 12

Read in November, 2012

I do not know where to begin!! I was very excited to read this sequel from the first book, Destiny's Dowry.
I awaited this for months since I got my hands on the 1st book of this trilogy, and let me tell you this "sequel" does NOT disappoint and can be a single book to read in its own right-even if you haven't had the pleasure of reading the first one.

The author/writer very graciously takes us through the journeys where each character left off with even more surprises and journeys where
each character's single destiny plays out in heart wrenching; FULL force. I felt like I was introverted into the sands of time...right there in each
scene with these characters I have fell in love if they were my family or close friends.

I was sad to come to the last pages of this book...I felt like part of my own journey was ending right along with
the ending...I am excited for Katya's journey to the States and look forward to seeing what her future holds & everyone else who has grown so much or have changed due to their life and DESTINY.

A "must read" and a GREAT gift for anyone-any age. Each character is relateable to all age groups and cultures.

.....I must say I would not be surprised for one second should Rosemary Gard get Nationally recognized or offered a movie deal/playwright for her beautiful work in the Destiny series. My only question THEN would be..."What took them so long?"....

"Kudos" to a PERFECT depiction once again to the Croatian culture, and backdrop....And to finding a place in our hearts for each character in this very well written novel. I find myself anxious for the 3rd book to complete this trilogy...but also find myself sad that the story will
then end as I will miss each of the characters that have become real people to me.

I look forward to much more from this brilliant Author in the near future.