Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On My Nightstand - A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell



Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana meet at Madame Fortier's Gown Shop. Each girl deals with adjustments to life in America and the hard realities of prejudice.

The passionate Julietta wants excitement and love. Why keep the old ways in a new country?

Annamaria is destined to serve her family. Yet, her desire is for marriage and children of her own.

Luciana. Ah, Luciana. The lovely daughter of the Count of Rome has now fallen on hard times. She walks in the shadows, afraid for her life. Will she ever have the love and acceptance she took for granted before fate stepped in?

Siri Mitchell's story is definitely character driven. While there is plot and action, the internal motivations and character development take front and center. The omniscient point of view worked although it took some mental gymnastics on my part. It's not my favorite.

No one will ever say this book is a "me too" novel. Siri's style and voice are fresh and completely her own. If you're a big cover fan, you'll love this one. I wouldn't mind owning that dress!

The setting, the timeframe, the language, and the historical details all pulled me in and made me forget I'm living in 2011. I think you'd find it a thought provoking, romantic read.


10 comments:

kristen said...

Oh, yes, I'd love a dress like that!
This sounds like such a fascinating read. They sound like a group of girls you'd want to be friends with.
Thanks, Susan!
Kristen

Jessica Nelson said...

It seems like she always has amazing covers!

Karen Lange said...

I enjoyed this book too. And the cover - very nice!

Blessings,
Karen

Lynn said...

That is a lovely pink dress on the cover. And a fun way to learn about that time period. I'll be keeping this title in mind for my summer reading.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

The delicate embroidery and color made me stare at the cover for a long time. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've seen a few of her covers, but this one's my favorite.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks for giving a thumbs up on this book. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynn -

If you want to know about fashion during that period, Madame Fortier's shop is the place to be.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Chatty Crone said...

I think the cover is an important part of the package!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Chatty -

Publishing houses, authors, and readers all agree with you. :)

Blessings,
Susan