Three girls work at a dressmaking shop during World War I in Boston. Annamaria, as the eldest daughter in her family, is bound by tradition to dutifully help her mother care for their home and her younger siblings, but she longs for love and a family of her own. Julietta lives in the moment and does whatever she pleases, with little regard to potential consequences. Luciana, accustomed to luxury, is reduced to earning a living and caring for her traumatized grandmother, all the while desperately trying to escape detection by a man who would kill them both.
A Heart Most Worthy is, above all, a satisfying–if slightly unrealistic–story. It’s sort of Dickensian in the way all the characters’ separate lives come together and each basically gets what he or she deserves in the end. I particularly appreciated the author’s note at the end of the book explaining the historical and cultural context in which the story is set. Personally, I did not care for the second-person “Dear Reader” point of view and found it distracting, but I think I understand why Siri Mitchell used it–she’s juggling the lives, emotions, and perspectives of a lot of different characters in this book, and maybe she thought that using herself as narrator would provide one grounding character for readers to identify with and trust. A Heart Most Worthy is a good story that will leave you smiling.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.