One of my favorite parts of a Siri Mitchell novel is the cover! Seriously, could you walk past this book at the store and not pick it up? And of course, once you’ve picked it up and glanced at the back cover blurb, you are going to buy it!
The intricacy and detail of the dress are what you find within: a beautifully written story that weaves a tale of three beautiful women from Italy, each coming to America with their own dream, each finding love. But their stories are entwined by a thin thread. Luciana does beadwork, Annamaria smocking, and Julietta’s specialty is embroidery and all are employed at Madame Fortier’s dress shop. Their three separate lives, portrayed so seamlessly by Ms. Mitchell, take different turns as their love stories unfold. A pleasant surprise is the use of the omniscient point of view – I found it refreshing! Ms. Mitchell once again delivers a thoroughly engaging story laced with historical detail – this one set in 1918 – that puts you squarely in the setting, living, loving and longing right along with Luciana, Annamaria and Julietta.
I’ve loved all of Ms. Mitchell’s books and if you have never read one, I hope you will. You truly will not be disappointed!
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” KJV Psalms 19:14