Sunday, April 17, 2011
A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell delivers yet another stunning historical novel with her newest release, A Heart Most Worthy. The year is 1918 in the bustling metropolis of Boston. For the rich, Boston overflows with grandeur and wealth; for immigrants, life is defined by hard lives, hardships, and hard work. A Heart Most Worthy follows the lives of three young immigrant women working in Madame Fortier's prestigious dress shop. Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana each have very distinct personalities and each face their own stuggles, but they are united by their common dream of a better life and the possibility of true love.
A Heart Most Worthy is a novel most worthy of praise and a prominent place on one's bookshelf. Siri Mitchell employs a clear and unique narrator's voice throughout the novel. The effect is engaging, charming, and conversational without being overly casual. Rather than remaining an outsider, the narrator invites the reader into her confidence, almost like telling a tale in her parlor. The narrator's omniscent perspective, also allows the reader a personal relationship with each of the main characters. Each young woman's story is separate and distinct, but Mitchell masterfully weaves them together into a cohesive novel.
Like Mitchell's other historical novels, A Heart Most Worthy is characterized by vivid descriptions and historical details. This quality makes the novel realistic and memorable. I was particularly impressed by the detailed depictions of the dresses created in Madame Fortier's dress shop. To view such elegant hand-work in real life would be awe-inspiring. As it is, I am captivated by the beautiful creation featured on the cover art work. It is the perfect first impression for an equally well-crafted novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”