Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell

A Heart Most Worthy
by Siri Mitchell

(Photo from Bethany House Publishers)

A Heart Most Worthy is centered around three young Italian-American women during the early 1900's in Boston.
The first, Julietta, is a passionate young lady looking for love in all the wrong places.
The second, Annamaria, is shy and trusting but falls for a man whom her parents don't approve.
Finally, Luciana, who immigrated from Italy with her grandmother, is hiding because she fears the men that killed her father and mother in Italy are after her and her grandmother.

This book is full of many twists and turns and you are always wondering if they find the men they are supposed to in the end.
I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped to. I did not like how the author randomly (in my opinion) used third person when talking about the women. It was distracting to the flow of the story.
It was interesting, however, that the women's stories in the book intertwined. I found Annamaria's story to be very good. The prejudice her family showed to the man she loved was ended when his family was the one to help Annamaria's family in a time of great need. Through sorrow, her family became forgiving and accepting.
This book is full of love, a little adventure, forgiveness, sorrow and in the end, joy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

Another Dawn
Kathryn Cushman

(Photo from Bethany House Publishers)

Grace Graham is a young single mom raising a four year old boy.
She made a new life for herself in California, after high school, leaving her dad and sister in Tennessee.
She hasn't had a healthy relationship with her dad since her mom passed away her senior year of high school, as she blames him for her mom's death.
Some might say that she "runs away" from her problems.
When she is needed back home in Tennessee and life isn't going as planned in California, she takes the two week trip home.
While there, however, tragedy strikes her family due to a personal decision she made for her son- not vaccinating him.

Will Grace learn to forgive and accept her father and face her problems?

I really enjoyed this book as I found Grace to be very interesting, especially in how she was raising her son and the decisions she was making concerning him.
This book brings up many thought provoking questions about forgiveness and the different paths in life we choose.

I was intrigued by the vaccination issue. I have struggled with this issue myself concerning my child and while we do choose to vaccinate it is definitely not without prayer asking God for protection. I really appreciated how the author graciously brought forth both sides of the issue.

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.