Taylor, Texas - 1915
16-year-old Danica does not want to live the life of her Croatian immigrant parents. She wants to be an American girl with her modern haircut, clothing, and attitude. Her mother dislikes Danica's desire for education and independence. A marriage is arranged with a local boy from another Croatian farm family. Knowing that marriage to the farm boy would not allow her to study and read books, she runs away to New Orleans where she finds work at the Dalmatcia Hotel. There she meets interesting and good people who become fond of her. She lives at the hotel, shops at the French Market, and is pursued by two handsome men. A chance meeting with a former schoolteacher brings her two worlds back together.
About Rosemary Gard (South Bend, Indiana Author)
The author spent three months in a village in Jugoslavia in 1956, where she lived the life of a peasant with her cousins. She slept on a straw mattress, cooked on a clay stove, washed clothes in the river. Her historical books are all based on facts of Croatian Immigrants.
Rosemary, born in the US, had Croatian as her first language. She has lived in Italy and traveled to Bogota, Columbia. She and her husband have been antique dealers and appraisers for fifty years.
The series of 7 Destiny books are all based on facts, which have been fictionalized. Rosemary takes great pains in adding historical events which have taken place during the time frame of her books. First books starts in 1892, Zagreb and the 7th is in New Orleans, 1915.