Mar 23, 2011

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

The elegance of Madame Forza's gown shop is a far cry from the downtrodden North End of Boston. Yet each day Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana enter the world of the upper class, working on finery for the elite in society. The three beauties each long to break free of their obligations and embrace the American dream--and their chance for love. But the ways of the heart are difficult to discern at times. Julietta is drawn to the swarthy, mysterious Angelo. Annamaria has a star-crossed encounter with the grocer's son, a man from the entirely wrong family. And through no intent of her own, Luciana catches the eye of Billy Quinn, the son of Madame Forza's most important client. Their destinies intertwined, each harboring a secret from their families and each other, will they be found worthy of the love they seek?


Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area. Visit


A Heart Most Worthy is actually three totally separate stories of young women passionate about finding happiness and fulfillment in their lives.  They find themselves all working together at Madame Forza's designer gown shoppe.

The story begins in Boston in 1918, and most of the characters live in the lower class North-end. Filled with rich history of Italian immigrants and their struggles in America, it also details the intolerance of other ethnic groups towards them.

Each of the girls has their own family responsibilities and obligations, and I found it interesting to see how each of them reacted when possible suitors came into their lives.  They individually needed to accept that they were worthy of happiness and love in their relationships, even though their personal decisions might cause opposition and even danger.

This is the first book I have read by Siri Mitchell, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the gorgeous front cover and right to the very last page.  I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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