Stefan’s Destiny

Fiction - Historical - Personage
182 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2019
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Author Biography

This is my 7th book in the Destiny Series. It is based on facts and is the story of Croatian Dalmatian Fishermen in New Orleans in the year 1915. The story begins when a man sees a painting in Chicago's Marshall Fields store and recognizes the woman portrayed there. The New Orleans artist tells Stefan that the woman is indeed alive and even tells the street she lives on in New Orleans. Thus begins the story of Stefan's Destiny.
It was meant to be the last in the series, but my loyal readers want it to continue, as each book follows the previous one.

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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Stefan’s Destiny by Rosemary Gard is set in Chicago in 1915, a novel with strong historical hints. Count Stefan Vladeslav waits while his wife is being fitted for a dress at Marshall Fields department store when he sees an art gallery. A sign announces paintings of women from New Orleans. When he steps in, he discovers the painting of Barbra, a woman he abandoned in Zagreb, Croatia. The artist confirms that Barbra is now a resident of New Orleans and even gives him the name of her street. The knowledge that Barbra is in New Orleans sets up prospects that Stefan never envisaged. He isn’t very happy with his wife, who doesn’t favor immigrant workers, and wants to be among his people. But can he still have Barbra?

This is an interesting story, a historical romance that starts with an absorbing mystery and quickly escalates into a powerful conflict, one that sets the protagonist on an emotionally challenging journey. I fell in love with the characters, especially Stefan, someone who wants to reconnect with his roots and the woman he once loved. There is intrigue as readers want to know what happened between Stefan and Barbra. The backstory is so beautifully and deftly written into the narrative that it doesn’t become a distraction from the main plot. Rosemary Gard uses it to create intrigue and suspense which are elements that keep readers focused on the story and the characters. In Stefan’s Destiny, the author demonstrates a unique skill in exploring the depths of the characters — they are emotionally and psychologically rich. A satisfying read, indeed.