Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser

This week,
CFBA
is introducing
An Unlikely Suitor
Bethany House (May 1, 2011)
by
Nancy Moser


ABOUT THE BOOK:

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?

MY THOUGHTS:
I truly enjoyed An Unlikely Suitor. It had a very similar subject matter and feel as the book I reviewed recently by Siri Mitchell, A Heart Most Worthy.

Although I connected most with Lucy, who as the oldest daughter feels the heavy weight of responsibility to care for her widowed mother and younger sister, I could also empathize with Rowena and Sofia and their many feelings of both inadequacies and selfishness.

Nancy Moser artfully describes the wide gulfs between rich and poor, immaturity and maturity, love and betrayal in this turn of the century tale of three very different young ladies trying to find happiness.

I love looking through old Sears and Roebucks catalogs, so I especially enjoyed the pictures and descriptions in the back of the book of some of the clothing worn by the girls. This glimpse into the author's inspiration was unexpected and lovely!

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AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
An Unlikely Suitor

Thank you, Nancy and Bethany House, through CFBA, for sending me a review copy of An Unlikely Suitor.

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

Recommend: YES

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