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Title:
A heart most worthy
Author:
Mitchell, Siri L., 1969-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
379 pages : [1] illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
On the eve of World War I, three Italian immigrants--Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana--dream of love, but each harbors a secret from their families and from each other that could destroy their hopes of finding happiness.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764207952
Format :
Book

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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?


Author Notes

Siri Mitchell , author of Love's Pursuit and She Walks in Beauty , has written eight novels, two of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the DC Metro Area.


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Julietta enjoys flirting with boys and wishes she were American rather than an immigrant from southern Italy. Annamaria, from another town in the same area, is serious and devout, resigned to being the family drudge. Luciana, fêted only child of the Count of Roma until his recent assassination, now goes in fear for her life, especially after glimpsing the anarchist near the shabby Boston tenement she and her grandmother now occupy. The three young women meet and share confidences over their work at Madame Fortier's, the exclusive gownmaker whose most important client is the formidable Mrs. Quinn. Each girl battles prejudice in her own way, helping her family adapt and merge into the great American melting pot of cultures. Mitchell's inspirational historical romance, set in 1918, skillfully contrasts the girls' traditional Italian-Catholic upbringing and the bustling, exuberant American lifestyle they crave, using the Great War and Spanish influenza pandemic as an effective backdrop to the young women's first important steps in self-awareness on the way to adulthood.--Welch, Lynne Copyright 2010 Booklist