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?
Before I read A Heart Most Worthy I had read a few reviews and in a lot of them they complained about the omniscient point of view that the author writes in. To be honest, the reviews had me worried I wasn't going to enjoy it. Well, I think this was a good reminder to myself that sometimes you just have to make up your own mind about a book because I absolutely loved it! I actually enjoyed the omniscient point of view and never found it confusing. This is a story about love and also about hate and how it can destroy the people harboring it. It reminded me of a line in one of my favorite shows (Lark Rise to Candleford), "Hatred is like swallowing the poison and waiting for the other person to die." I might not have gotten it 100% correct but you get the point.
The romance in this book was so touching and had me a little teary eyed at times. We meet three very different girls in this book and see them grow, learn and fall in love. As the back of the book says there is fiery Julietta--there were times I wanted to yell at her, shy Annamaria--I felt for her and was rooting her on, and then there is secretive Luciana--and what a secret she has!
Siri Mithcell has wrote another great book (one of my favorites this year) and I can not wait to read her next book. Please don't let the omniscient point of view scare you off because this is a great read.
**Thanks to Bethany House for sending me my free review copy**