Monday, June 27, 2011
Lucy Scarpelli, an Italian dressmaker from New York, befriends socialite Rowena Langdon as she's making her summer wardrobe. It's an unlikely friendship, but one that Rowena encourages by inviting Lucy to the family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Grateful for Lucy's skill in creating clothes that hide her physical injury, Rowena encourages Lucy to dream of a better future. One day Lucy encounters an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk, and love begins to blossom. Yet Lucy resists, for what man will accept her family responsibilities? Rowena also deals with love as she faces a worrisome arranged marriage to a wealthy heir. And Lucy's teenage sister, Sofia, takes up with a man of dubious character. All three women struggle as their lives, and those of each unlikely suitor, become intertwined in a web of secrets and sacrifice. Will any of them find true happiness?
Another wonderful novel from Nancy Moser! An Unlikely Suitor is a historical romance that kept me turning pages and wishing for more. Moser is always exciting and this book remains consistent with her past work. The characters are well-developed, the story line is compelling, and the historical facts seem to be in keeping with The Gilded Age. Thank you to Bethany House for my review copy.