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.