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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor

Everyone dreams of a fresh start when they think of coming to America. At least that is what the Scarpelli family dreamed when they arrived here from Italy in 1895. Finding their way to a run down tenement in New York City, it will require the entire family to work to make ends meet. Lucy, her sister Sophia and her mother will find jobs in a garment, sweat shop while her father finds work among the dock workers. Her uncle and aunt soon join them but they are looking for an easier life and soon move out to head west to Oklahoma after Lucy's father dies in an accident at work.

Not knowing what to do except find a way to help her family, Lucy strikes out into the city on her own one Sunday morning and manages by good fortune to find not only a better and cheaper place to live but also jobs working for Madame Moreau's Fashion Emporium, creating beautiful and unique wardrobes for the wealthy residents.

When Lucy encounters Rowena Langdon who comes to the shop prior to a long trip away which will require thirty new outfits, she finds herself with an unusual request. Rowena has a disability in one leg that is obvious when she stands, making her feel self conscience. Lucy dreams of a solution and one late night, makes some unauthorized alterations to one of her gowns prior to a dress fitting. What she does that day will put the wheels in motion for all three girls that will change their lives in the most unexpected and often romantic ways.

In the novel, An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser, the reader will be immersed into the lives of Sophia, Lucy and Rowena as each of them finds not only friendship but the real meaning behind sacrificial love. I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to give it a 5 out of 5 stars. This was such an easy book to become immersed in between the relationships of Lucy and Rowena, both from completely different backgrounds who find their way to look past all of what society deems appropriate and truly experience all life has to offer.

Here's even more great information about the book, the author and even a sneak peek into the first chapter.
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
An Unlikely Suitor
Bethany House (May 1, 2011)
Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty inspirational novels. Her genres include contemporary stories including John 3:16 and Time Lottery a Christy Award winner, and historical novels of real women-of-history including Just Jane (Jane Austen) and Washington's Lady (Martha Washington). Her newest historical novels are Masquerade and An Unlikely Suitor. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the

Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Sister Circle Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Find out more at and and her historical blog:


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Unlikely Suitor, go HERE.

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