Destiny's Dowry

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
372 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2011
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Author Biography

Rosemary Gard was born and raised in Gary, Indiana when it was a cultural melting pot of nationalities. She now lives in Crown Point, IN, married to Bob Gard, an Antiques appraiser. Daughter Kristina Gard Brown is the model on the cover of the book and son, Michael Gard, designed the dust jacket of the book.

The dress pictured on the cover of the book, was part of the author’s own Dowry. The author spent three months in a Croatian Village not realizing she was gathering stories and details to someday put down in writing. This is Rosemary’s first novel, part of a planned trilogy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Rosemary Gard's Destiny's Dowry begins on the country side of Croatia in the later 1800s with a birth and a death. Mila was dying, and her last desire was to hold her unborn son in her arms. Her husband Mato rushes out and retrieves an infant, but by the time he returns his wife is dead. Distraught, Mato runs off and leaves his ten year old daughter Anka to raise the new baby girl and his neighbors to bury his wife. The midwife wonders where the baby came from, had Mato bought it or stolen it? So was the beginning of Katya's life. She always knew she was different with her flaming red hair and green eyes. Her life would not be easy, and was only fifteen when her brother tried to sell her to a Turk. The search for her true heritage took her on a journey filled with danger and love.

Destiny's Dowry is Rosemary Gard's first novel, but I am sure it will not be her last. Gard offers readers a story that flows like it was written by a seasoned author. The plot is character driven and Katya is a lead character you won't soon forget. Mato was very unlikable. He was a man that wanted more out of life but cared little about his responsibilities. Even when he brought the infant to his wife it was to satisfy his own motives. Gard successfully brought the Croatian culture of the era to life. I suspect we will be hearing a lot more from Rosemary Gard and I plan to put her at the top of my list of authors to watch.

E. M. Babich

This book takes you to a place and time that most people have not read about before: Croatia (Yugoslavia) in the late 1800's, mainly a proletariat society with traveling gypsies. The author's descriptive verse and attention to detail paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind. The characters and twists of fate are intriquing and fully developed in this Book One of a trilogy, and yet there are unanswered questions that will make you want to read the next offerings from this author.

Melissa Russell

This review is from: Destiny's Dowry (Kindle Edition)
How to begin? What words can I use to describe the stories and tribulations this author carried us through~~as if I was RIGHT there beginning to END?

... A MUST read! I was captivated from the beginnning and as I read each chapter, I realized I was actually feeling as if Id KNOWN these characters all of my life. Very well depicted and AMAZING story lines. This book to me WASN'T just about Katya, to me. I felt as if it started that way, however in the end, everyone's story and character kept me compelled!

I cannot wait for parts II, and also the final of the Trilogy she is working on... I recommend this for ANY age as Im facing my near 40's I would have read this as a teen, and recommend it for ANY and all readers. The author really represented more then a story of young Katya, to me...and made me feel like I was in a movie with these people!!!!

Kudos to Rosemary Gard, for not just enlightening us all of moments and eras of Croatian history, but for being able to subtly captivate us throughout the journey of every character and savoring on to every single page!!!!

Darlene McDonald

Hi Rosemary,

I read your book over the weekend. Actually, I read it in one day. There's only one problem-it ended! You have peaked my curiosity and I want to know what life has in store for Katya. I would be very happy to have you join us for the Author's Event on May 18th. I will send more information this week. I have attached a contract for your review. I will send the actual contract at a later time. Thanks so much for the chance to read your book!

Darlene McDonald

Tracy Rongers

beading on a face; feel the heart racing beneath the skin. So Alive! It has been said that the shape of man is based upon the foundation of his existence. The culture here is a living entity that takes the reader through the terrain of values, beliefs, politics, social standing and romance. This story is a surprise! Suspenseful...Secrets upon secrets layered between lies and superstition. A colorful journey filled with twists and turns! Can't wait for the next book!

Jim Popovich

I found the story of “Destiny’s Dowry” compelling. I couldn’t put the book down, a real page turner.

The author’s use of twists in the plot plus her historical anecdotes, were of great interest to me. This was the time of my grandparents that were raised in this area of the Austro-Hungary Empire.

I urge all who appreciate an unfolding story of real characters to get this book

Carolyn Milby Anderson.

"Rereading Destiny's Dowry. It is so damn good. I like the drama and suspense, the family interactions, the setting, all is great!"