Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book review and giveaway (closed): A Heart Most Worthy


Congrats to my winner: moushka
 
Recently I had the opportunity to review a new book from Bethany House Publishers called A Heart Most Worthy, by Siri Mitchell. I've read other books by Ms. Mitchell in the past and have enjoyed them greatly, so I was excited about the arrival of this new book. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:
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 has a true gift for taking times and places in American history that I don't know much about (and I'm a huge history fan!) and making me feel like I've been suddenly been dropped into that world alongside her characters.  This book tells the stories of four women living in Boston in 1918, all Italian-American immigrants, all trying to find a balance between the worlds they came from and their new lives in America. 

Since this book does tell the stories of four different women all at the same time, there isn't quite the level of  in-depth character development as some of the other books by this author, but I still felt like I got to know these women and was deeply invested in their lives by the end of the book. Overall, the characters and places are written with great, descriptive language that really brought everything to life for me.  I appreciated getting a glimpse into the lives and struggles of immigrants to our country, in a place and time much different from my own- this book is a history lesson wrapped up in a gripping and entertaining novel.

If you're a lover of historical fiction, I think you'll really enjoy this book- it's available in stores and online now.  And I have good news- I want to share the enjoyment, so I'm passing on my copy of the book to one of you! Open to US mailing addresses only, please.

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Giveaway will close at 9 PM on May 10, 2011. I'll chose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will then have 48 hours to respond.  Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

41 comments:

Sarah Osborne said...

I love historical fiction novels :)

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