Every time I begin a book by Nancy Moser I think it won't be as good as the last, and every time I am proven wrong. An Unlikely Suitor is perhaps my favorite so far, due to the subject matter (which I'll get to in a bit). Nancy Moser is one of those authors that when I start to read I don't want to put the book down. She quickly grabs your attention and before you know it the story is playing out in your mind.
This volume takes us from New York City at the end of the 19th century and progresses north to Newport, Rhode Island. The characters include a family of Italian immigrants.
See why I love this story? Rhode Island and Italians. What could be better? Maybe more pasta....like linguine with clam sauce.
This book also has some mystery, intrigue and some surprises that I never saw coming!
From the back cover:
New York dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli befriends socialite Rowena Langdon as she's designing her 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 women--and their unlikely suitors--become entagled in a web of secrets and sacrifice, will the season end with any of them finding true happiness?
Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.
Thanks Nancy, for this CLEAN READ!