A Heart Most Worthy
By Siri Mitchell
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
It is 1918 in Boston, Mass. Three seamstresses from different families seek a better life for themselves. Their lives are bound with culture and what is proper that vary, even though they are all the same nationality. They all work in a upper class dress shop in Boston, doing different jobs. Julietta wants to forsake her Italian upbringing and be American. Why does her family not understand she is not like them? AnnaMaria is shy, obedient and always does what is expected of her. She struggles against the desires of her heart to be married and have a family, but knows she is expected to stay single to care for her family, until her parents die.
Luciana hold secrets that could bring danger to them, but she cannot hide forever, unless she wants to starve. Can she escape danger and maybe make some new friends?
As someone who is descended from Italian Immigrants, I found this story so fascinating! Actually, since I know my grandmother’s side is Sicilian….we would have been somewhat ostracized. That was something new to me! I loved this story! Ms. Mitchell has such a way of weaving history of little known facts, into her stories. She makes you live with her characters and you really wonder if things will go well for them. It opens a new look onto the Great Italian Immigration and facts about the Spanish Influenza as well. I had no idea that people died from the Influenza mostly because they were too weak to go get food and water. This is just one of the many facts you will learn in this wonderful story!
Another winner from Ms. Mitchell and Bethany House Publishers.
This copy was received from Bethany House Reviewer Program and these statements are my own and I am not paid to write them.