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.
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.
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.
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
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.
video (7 minutes long) features the popular dances of the early
twentieth century. The
that Julietta and Mauro danced is shown at the 5 minute mark.
Learn more about
The influenza epidemic of 1918 is examined on this PBS
Emigration is admirably explained on this Library of Congress site
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