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Book Review: A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

Julietta----"In fact, that was her greatest desire and most secret plan. More than anything, she wanted to be not Italian-not some person bound by family ties and the traditions of the old country-but American." pg14

Link for the book @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/a-heart-most-worthy/siri-mitchell/9780764207952/pd/207952?item_code=WW&netp_id=832663&event=ESRCG&view=details
Paperback $9.99

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http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Most-Worthy-Siri-Mitchell/dp/0764207954/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311772348&sr=8-1
Paperback $10.19
Kindle $9.68



Published by Bethany House 2011
384 pages
Historical Fiction/World War I/Spanish Influenza/Italian/Emigration/Love Story

Thank you to Open Book from Bethany House for my free review copy.

A Heart Most Worthy is the story of three young Italian emigrant women: Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana.
Each of them have different personalities; yet they are more alike than dissimilar: they are of the same age, they are all from an Italian heritage, they are of the same religion, they are each over-shadowed by a problem, they have responsibilities in their family, and they are each gifted in an area of gown making.
The back drop to this story is the north side of Boston, and the year is 1918. World War I is being fought. The Spanish Influenza is about to make it's second round.
The young women live in an area of Boston that is congested with Italian emigrants. The Sicilians live across the street and the two do not associate with each other, they do not even speak.
The Italian community is close-nit and they look after one another, they also gossip about one another.
These three women are beautiful and full of youth and exuberance. Even though one of them has a painful past she still has the countenance of grace and beauty.
Each of them will be faced with acknowledging and rectifying decisions that were made.

Over-all I did like this book. It is not one of my favorites from Siri Mitchell.
What I disliked most about the book is that the author interjected her voice throughout the book, sort of like an emcee or a personal introducer to the characters. That 3rd voice I'll call it, even pointed out what I should notice or even what to assume about the characters. This was an interesting way of writing the book, a different take. But, I prefer to be left to my own imagination while reading a story--actually that is one of my favorite parts about reading.
What I did like about the book is the time period, the historical part of the story.
I also liked reading about Italian immigrants and their lives after they'd first come to America.
This is not a deep book, it is a light story, a love story, a story with a bit of mystery and a tiny bit of suspense.
I do feel that the front and back cover is lovely, a beautiful dress is shown.
The story is not heavy on the Christian theme, about mid-way prayer is talked about, not deeply though. There were a few more instances of prayer being talked about.
Confession is talked about and done more often.

Blissful Reading!
Annette

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