May 26, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser

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?


Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a eighteen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest. Read more about her books at


An Unlikely Suitor is a great historical romance that shows what happens when a man and woman fall in love when they come from totally different backgrounds and social standing in the community. Rowena, Lucy and Sofia all have incredible hurdles to climb, and their journeys are fascinating although difficult.

My favourite character from the book is definitely Lucy.  She consistently took matters into her own hands, and didn't back down even when things got rough.  Her first priority was always to take care of others, even if it cost her dearly. I loved Lucy's humility, and she is the type of character that could easily become a best friend in real life.

An Unlikely Suitor is the first book I have read by Nancy Moser, and I will definitely be looking for other books written by this author.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. I'm glad to hear this one is good! I read "Masquerade" by this author and liked it!

  2. I've read other books by this author and liked them. I saw this book advertised and thought it looked good. Thanks for the review. :o)