Book Review – Destiny by Design: Leah’s Journey

By Mirta Ines Trupp

Destiny by Design: Leah’s Journey is set in Imperial Russia, in the late 19th Century. Leah Abramovitz is the youngest of twelve children, coming of age in Odessa. Her upper class merchant family is suddenly faced with a challenging political climate which threatens their livelihood. Despite her opposition to the decision, Leah’s family makes the difficult decision to emigrate from her beloved Russia to Buenos Aires.

This is the second work by Mirta Ines Trupp I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed. I was immediately captured by the charming and headstrong heroine, Leah Abramovitz. I found her to share many qualities and characteristics of Josephine March, of Little Women, in that she is determined, resilient, and wonderfully independent.


The story line in this book is captivating from beginning to end with vivid, descriptive language. Ms. Trupp does a wonderful job of drawing a stark contrast between the comfort and social position of the Abramovitz family, in Russia, and the wild frontier of colonial Argentina. The family’s ability to pull together under difficult circumstances is very moving.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story ties into another of Ms. Trupp’s earlier works, Becoming Malka, which I look forward to reading in the future.

Check out my review of Ms. Trupp’s novel, The Meyersons of Meryton!

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