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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell--A Bethany House Book Review

The Blurb:

In 1918 Boston. three seamstresses dare to dream of a better life.

FIERY Julietta pursues love recklessly.

SHY Annamaria falls for the wrong man.

SECRETIVE Luciana's past endangers them all.

Drawn together amid the opulence of Madame Fortier's dress shop; will each find the fairy-tale ending she seeks?

My Review:

I find myself drawn to Historical Fiction mostly because I love history and A Heart Most Worthy didn't disappoint. Siri Mitchell's description of 1918 Boston brought the setting to life. The characters were well developed and came to life before my very eyes and I found them to be very likable. As I came to know the girls I found that there were times I wanted to scold them, or to council them, and there were even times I wanted to let them cry on my shoulder.

Julietta Giordano is young and full of dreams of love. Her mother wants her to marry Mauro, a long time family friend, and the community doctor, but Julietta wants something more exciting. When she meets Angelo she thinks she has found what she has been dreaming of, but is Angelo and his anarchist politics what she wants?

Annamaria Rosi, is the oldest daughter of the Rosi family from Avellinesi, Italy and is expected to set aside her dreams of marriage because her family expects her to care for her family. But, Annamaria has fallen in love with Rafaello Zanfini, the son of a Sicilian, but Sicilian's were hated, and not to be associated with. When the Spanish Influenza sweeps over the city, as well as, the country, it hits the Rosi home hard. As a result, the Rosi family learns what it means to love your neighbor.

Luciana Conti left Rome with her grandmother, the Contessa, hoping to escape the people who assassinated her father. She found a job as a beader at Madame Fortier's shop. Where she meets and works with Julietta, and Annamaria. This is also where she meets Billy Quinn, the son of Madame Fortier's best clients.

Siri Mitchell also includes a historical note that gives the reader more information about the history of early 1900's Italy and Boston.

**A Heart Most Worthy Written by  Siri Mitchell was provided to me free by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


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