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Friday, March 11, 2011

Review and Tour: A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

Heart Most Worthy, AI don't think I've had the pleasure of reading an inspirational/historical romance with three heroines that gelled and flowed as well as this one does!  The story follows three Italian immigrant women in Boston, in 1918.  All three women work for Madame Fortier, the owner of a gown shop, and each specializes in a different skill: Julietta does exquisite embroidery, Annamaria does smocking, and Luciana does the beading on the dresses.

One woman longs for love, and may be overlooking the love from a young man who has been right in front of her.  One woman longs for love, but is so dedicated to her family that they risk coming between her and the love she seeks.  One woman longs for love, but spends her life hiding from the killer who changed her family forever.

Three very different women work together, each seeking something a little different, but each wanting to find love... One of the things I especially liked was the realness of these women and their circumstances, they faced challenges that seem so threatening, and they overcame them: a new country, the possibility of war, and spreading illness.  The relationships and historical details make this a story to be savored and enjoyed. 

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heart Most Worthy
Bethany House (March 1, 2011)
Siri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

Her ninth novel, A Heart Most Worthy, follows prior Bethany House releases: A Constant Heart (October 2008), Love's Pursuit (June 2009), and She Walks in Beauty (Apr 2010). She Walks in Beauty won the inaugural INSPY Award for Historical Fiction in Dec 2010. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. Love's Pursuit was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award.

Publishers Weekly proclaimed, "Mitchell delivers the historical goods."


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heart Most Worthy, go HERE.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate


Anonymous said...

That sounds really good - I'll have to see if I can get a copy :)

Siri said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my book, Wendi! Thanks for taking the time to write and post a review.

Happy reading,


Staci said...

Your review was lovely..this is an author that I've been wanting to read for some time now!!

Anonymous said...

Great review, Wendi!

Can I recommend my new novel to you and your readers? Check out Looks Like Love! I'd love to know your thoughts about it! Blessings.


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