I recently finished A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell. And in the interest of full disclosure, by recently I mean I finished it within the last two months and am just now sitting down to write a review. Please forgive my inner procrastinator, and don’t take my lack of initiative as indifference towards this book, it is really quite the opposite.
I have read a few of Siri Mitchell’s books before and have loved every one of them. Considering every review I have done so far has been a historical fiction novel, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this one is too. Note to self: read something that isn’t historical fiction for the next review. That could prove difficult.
Anyway, moving on to the actual book. The story is set in 1918 Boston and revolves around three young immigrants working in a seamstress shop. Everyone has a secret; where they are from, their real name, who they love, who they shouldn’t love. Julietta is set upon falling for the wrong man, but she finds out too late how wrong he really is. Annamaria is destined to remain at home caring for her family, until she falls for the most unsuitable man imaginable, or so her family thinks. Luciana is the most secretive of all, always acting as though someone may be watching her, while also taking care of her grandmother who always refers to herself as a contessa.
Not only is this book filled with mysterious, complex and extremely lovable (and sometimes despise-able) characters, but it gives a wonderfully complex view of the dynamics of immigrant communities, both within themselves and amongst one another. Mitchell paints a colorfully dramatic backdrop for this story with WWI, the Spanish Influenza and (surprisingly) dress making.
Usually I don’t like books that have multiple main characters, I somehow feel like my attention is never fully centered. But this book weaves them all together in such a way that you feel as though you are reading one fluid story, only the voice of the narrator changes frequently.
One of my favorite things about this book is Mitchell gives each of her characters a flaw, and usually quite a difficult one. Pride, hate, selfishness, and deception all appear frequently. But in spite of their flaws many of the characters are able to work through their own struggles as well as seeing past the flaws of others and showing forgiveness and mercy.
This is definitely a book I would recommend, I read through it fairly quickly (which, granted isn’t unusual for me, but that’s beside the point) and loved every page.
A Heart Most Worthy gets 4 Sweet PB Spoons
What have you been reading lately?