Siri Mitchell


 A Heart Most Worthy 




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The elegance of Madame Fortier'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 Fortier'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?

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Portals to 1918 Boston:

  • I stumbled on this website while I was researching dressmaking for She Walks in Beauty. Reading about the relationships between the dress shop owner and her seamstresses inspired the story of A Heart Most Worthy

  • This video (7 minutes long) features the popular dances of the early twentieth century. The mattchiche that Julietta and Mauro danced is shown at the 5 minute mark.

  • Learn more about Saint Zita’s life

  • The influenza epidemic of 1918 is examined on this PBS website.

  • The Great Emigration is admirably explained on this Library of Congress site

  • I dearly wanted to include the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in my story, but the dates just wouldn’t match up. You can discover it for yourself in Stephen Puleo’s fascinating book.



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