FROM BETHANY HOUSE:
New York dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli befriends socialite Rowena Langdon as she’s designing her 1895 summer wardrobe. Grateful for Lucy’s skill in creating fashions that hide her physical injury, Rowena invites Lucy to the family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, encouraging the unusual friendship.
One day Lucy encounters an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk, and love begins to blossom. Yet Lucy resists, for what Newport man would want to marry an Italian dressmaker working to support her family?
Rowena faces an arranged marriage to a wealthy heir she doesn’t love, but dare a crippled girl hope for anything better?
And Lucy’s teenage sister, Sofia, falls for a man well above her social class–but is he willing to give up everything to marry a woman below his station?
As the lives of three young woman–and their unlikely suitors–become entangled in a web of secrets and sacrifice, will the season end with any of them finding true happiness?
An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser is a nice book that is suitable for readers of different ages. I would easily let my young teen daughter read the book and I know a few elderly ladies who love reading who would also enjoy reading it. As with other Nancy Moser novels, they are clean and romantic at the same time.
This particular book is set during the Gilded Age of New York and we get to see the world through the eyes of three different young ladies and also from the points of view of two different social classes. Lucy and her sister are from the lower class, but only one of them sees fit to work for the family. Rowena is the rich girl who, because of her social standing, is destined for a promising marriage but she may not be as well off as one would think.
Moser is expert at intertwining history into her stories without them becoming the least bit boring. Also, there is always some sort of twist that I’m not expecting which makes her stories pop even more for me! Nothing is ever ‘expected’. And most of all, there is so much inspiration to be found within the pages.
You can check out the first two chapters of the book on the Bethany House website here.
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