Destiny's Darling

by Lita Grabeklis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/9/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 416
ISBN : 9781425911492

About the Book

Destiny’s Darling is a beautifully told love story whose plot is intertwined with the history of Latvia, a small country in northern Europe.  The story of Anita spans three generations beginning at the height of World War I before the fall of Czarist Russia and weaves through Latvian independence from 1918 to 1939 when the country was successively occupied by the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany and then at the end of the war re-occupied by the Soviets.  Anita and her family fled from the war as refugees to the United States finding happiness after initial struggle and then her life ended on a profoundly ironic note. 

The author reveals the experiences of a family that overcomes the challenges created by wars and by peace and the moral compromises involved in survival.  Anita is the core personality in the book and its primary narrator.  Her story is fast paced presenting a complex personality that rises above her situation that often presents morally ambiguous choices.

About the Author

Lita Grabeklis was born in Latvia after that country first gained independence after World War I.  She grew up in an independent Latvia and fled the country as it fell into the hands of the Soviet occupation and lived through the liberation of Germany by American forces in 1945 when she with tens of thousands of other refugees became displaced persons.  She emigrated to the United States with the support of sponsorship through the Church World Service where she completed her education with a masters degree in education and child psychology...  As a teacher she wrote stories for her students and eventually these led to the writing of the romance novel Destiny’s Darling .which was completed after her retirement.