Set in 1918 Boston, A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell follows a period in the lives of three fictional seamstresses and their employer. These seamstresses lives initially seem to be unrelated, but for the fact that they are Italian immigrants and work for Madame Fortier, a premier gownmaker for the upper echelon of society. As the story progresses, however, Mitchell weaves the individual threads into a whole fabric, creating a single story that can only be told through the examination of each distinct account.
This is the second book of Siri Mitchell’s that I have read, and I’ve enjoyed her writing style in both novels. She seems to thoroughly research her historical settings, providing enough detail to lend a certain authenticity to her story. However, the book is not so bogged down with historical terminology and language to make it inaccessible to modern readers.
Mitchell seems to attempt a blending of genres in this novel, adding suspense and mystery to her typical romance. Unfortunately, the blatant foreshadowing early on in the book leaves little doubt as to the plot, making the mystery/suspense portion of the book fall somewhat flat. Even the development of the romantic relationships is fairly predictable, and it is obvious by mid-story which man each of the three seamstresses will end up with. Mitchell seemingly could have done a great deal more character and plot development by turning the book into a three part series, each book focusing on a different seamstress and her portion of the story. However, it’s a fun read, and for all its predictability I still was eager to finish the story.
This novel, like all romantic novels from Bethany House Publishers, blends romance with a Christian message. It is romance at its best, emphasizing the importance of chaste romance without negating the feelings involved with falling in love, making this a “novel most worthy” to be read by both teens and adults.
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