Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Book Most Worthy

I have been known to gush shamelessly over Siri Mitchell's books; and her new one, A Heart Most Worthy is most gush-worthy.  It is the story of three young Italian women from different backgrounds, discovering life and love in 1918 America.  

Siri took a risk in writing the in the omniscient point of view, to my great delight.  I really enjoy being included (often with a wink and a smile) in the narrative, as if perhaps I would know the right thing to do in the situations in which our heroines find themselves.  Sadly, I tend to learn more from hindsight, myself.

I have always been a push over for stories which include fabric, beading, embroidery, and working in shops.  Just add some forbidden love, and lost fortunes- which force young women to use their talents to create gowns for wealthy, undeserving clients and you will have me in your power until the last words are spoken.

Ms.Mitchell also recreates the streets of Boston, and the Italian families residing there with authenticity and grace.  I grew up an Irish Catholic in Massachusetts, and I found myself smiling at Siri's depiction of the close knit Italians,  whom I envied for their large family celebrations, warmth of heart and hearth,  and the food... oh the food!

Every time period has its challenges, plagues and the like.  Through it all, God's love and kindness reigns.

God bless you!


Karen Lange said...

I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing the info about it.

Becky said...

I loved this one too!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hey Karen!
You can't go wrong with this Siri Mitchell classic!
Great story, unique story telling. Yeah, it's good!

Becky! So good to see you! I'm so glad you loved this too!

Bless you!

Elle Strauss said...

Sounds like a great book! I've been to Italy, going again in May, and lived in Boston, so I'm definitely going to have to look for this one. Thanks for the recommend!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Elle, welcome to Writing Remnants, my life in pieces!
You will love this book. Sounds like you get the Boston/North End- my sister lives in Belmont... pretty close to everything. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sounds like a cool book ( with winks and smiles). Would love to read it.

Tabitha Bird said...

Hmmm.... I might have to read that one :)

Blessings to you.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Rachna, I think you'll love this one! Have a great day!

Tabitha! It's so good to see you again!!! Siri is a very interesting person, which comes through in her writing.
God bless you-I Love your beautiful writing and photography!

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh Cheryl, I have to read this one as soon as I get out of this bed. Thanks for telling me about this author.

Thanks for your prayers. I am having to learn how to swallow again. Most foods make me choke. So I eat pudding, yogurt, and Jello. Soft scrambled eggs made me choke until I realized I need to chew them more. UGH. It ain't pretty, girlfriend. ;)

Cheryl Klarich said...

Robyn, so good to have you back for a visit! This would be a great book for while you are recovering.

Prayers are with you!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Sounds really interesting especially with the omniscient point of view.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Jennifer!
I was surprised too, about the omniscient POV- it was refreshing!

Makes me wonder if this will catch on... I'm all for new things (or new twists on the old).