Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

Hey Readers,

I am so glad you kept working your way through all those rejections Ms. Siri Mitchell! A Heart Most Worthy is a wonderful book. I was sucked right into it in the first few pages. I have not been to big on romance novels of late, but I am well pleased with the romance, adventure, and the over all writing style of this book. I really like how the Author makes comments from time to time. I  felt like it was being read to me, watched on TV, or sent to me in a personal letter from a friend. Those comments are extremely well written and it is something I haven't seen that done in a long long time.

I also enjoyed following the lives of three young ladies, instead of it just being all about one main character. In that aspect it was more like keeping up with the lives of more than one main character like we do in our favorite TV shows, or our real lives.

A Heart Most Worthy is about three young women, from three different cultures, who all work in the same dress maker's shop. All three of these young ladies are immigrants, all are poor, though one was not poor before a horrible incident took her father's life and left her destitute and desperate.

Their families have expectations of them that don't fit with the calling from inside their heart. Love is either a game, a disaster, or rather feared. There are some dashing young men, you have to read to find out them. The historical parts are lovely, and so far I have nothing bad that I could say about this book!


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heart Most Worthy
Bethany House (March 1, 2011)
Siri Mitchell

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

Her ninth novel, A Heart Most Worthy, follows prior Bethany House releases: A Constant Heart (October 2008), Love's Pursuit (June 2009), and She Walks in Beauty (Apr 2010). She Walks in Beauty won the inaugural INSPY Award for Historical Fiction in Dec 2010. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. Love's Pursuit was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award.

Publishers Weekly proclaimed, "Mitchell delivers the historical goods."

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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heart Most Worthy, go HERE.

The book link is:

1 comment:

Carol E. Keen said...

Hi Carol –

I tried to leave this comment on your blog, but I don’t have a Google account so I wasn’t able to.


I’m so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for taking the time to write and post a review.

Happy reading!


Sorry I couldn’t make it post…


Author of A Heart Most Worthy,
She Walks in Beauty, Love’s Pursuit,A Constant Heart, and Chateau of Echoes