An Unlikely Suitor

An Unlikely Suitor

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by Nancy Moser
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441232311
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
173,719
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Moser is the author of over twenty novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Christy Award finalist Washington's Lady. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She paints canes, kills all her houseplants, and is a fan of anything antique--humans included.
Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a eighteen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, and is 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 www.nancymoser.com.

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An Unlikely Suitor 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I have decided that if the book is written by Nancy Moser then I need to read it. She never fails to write a unique story with fascinating perspectives and the best part... everything isn't always tied up in a neat bow at the end, but it is always satisfying. "Unlikely Suitor" doesn't fail. Here we delve into the lives of Lucy and her younger sister Sofia and then Lucy's unlikely friend Rowena. As their lives are intertwined we start to see love come to each of them in the most unusual ways. I loved seeing how everything unfolded and while I knew I was in for a twist I wasn't quite sure how Nancy Moser would pull it off, but she did. This book was enjoyable and quite the page turner, I read it in a day - fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in like a week Couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW Lucy Scarpelli and her family lives in NY during America's Gilded Age. Their family lived in a poverty section of NY and struggled to survive. That is until one day Lucy run into Mr. Standish, a wealthy businessman that owns a dress shop. Mr. Standish not only hires Lucy and her sister Sofia to help sew dresses for the wealthy he hires their mom to make hats to match the dresses. He also offers to rent the mom and 2 siblings an apartment over the dress shop. This is the beginning of a new life for the Scarpelli family. Lucy becomes friends with Rowena, a crippled young lady and the daughter of a wealthy couple. Join Lucy and the Scarpelli family on an unbelievable journey to a life they never thought possible. First of all, the beauty of the cover of this book captures your interest, making you want to see the story inside. The characters the author created were unique to the story, and blended so well it makes you feel as though you are living the story with them. The independence and determination of Lucy makes you want to strive to be like her. The Christian content was strong, which I enjoyed because it teaches us that we need to trust God with every detail of our lives and believe that he knows best. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical and romance Christian fiction. This is a wonderful summer read, a nice get-away from daily struggles for a while. I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"An Unlikely Suitor" by Nancy Moser Lucy Scarpelli and her family obtain new jobs at a high society dress shop in NYC, where only the wealthiest women shop. When Lucy designs Rowena Langdon's wardrobe, Rowena and Lucy become very close friends. Even though friendship between a seamstress and a person of higher class is unusual, Rowena invites Lucy to come venture Newport with her as her personal designer. Later on Lucy's sister Sofia and her mother also come along the trip. There at Newport is where the three girls will change forever, Rowena , Lucy and Sofia's lives will never be the same. I absolutely LOVED this book! The plot was certainly unlike any other, the characters were captivating and there were twists in the book that I truly did not see coming. It was a very entertaining read, definitely a page turner, one book you won't regret reading. I was hooked from the start and I loved that there was so much detail, you could actually picture the dresses and places that are mentioned. The whole story was interesting ; just the ending, in my opinion, wasn't as good as it could have been. Overall I rate this book four stars. Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
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Courtney21 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I've read by Nancy Moser. I liked the first book I read, Masquerade, but I never loved it and it fell short on some levels but I really enjoyed An Unlikely Suitor a whole lot more than Masquerade! Once again Nancy is describing the Gilded Age in her historical romance and there are some great lessons to be learned and also some characters to fall in love with! I was so surprised to read that the main characters where the Scarpelli's, which happen to be the Italian family mentioned in her other book Masquerade so I instantly formed a connection with Lucy, her mamma and her sister Sophia. Lucy, her mom and sister are all Italian immigrants that are now seamstresses for a new dress shop that designs and makes dresses for some of the wealthiest ladies on NYC. Lucy befriends one of the customers when she looks beyond her cripple and being friends with Rowena will change the path for all of the Scarpelli's and Rowena also! One of the things I loved most about An Unlikely Suitor was the characters! Lucy is genuine and lovable character right from the start. Being the oldest child she takes on the responsibility of taking care of her family and is always putting off her needs and desires to help her mom and sister-very admirable! Plus she loves everyone and is passionate about justice and doing the right thing! The other characters in the story were also very realistic, although at times the younger sister Sophia drove me crazy! Another thing I loved about this book was historical glimpses you received throughout! This is a story about immigrants that struggle along with the socialite during the 19th century, a tale of the difference of the wealthy and working class. I was saddened by the way the working class had to struggle to survive and to fit in to the American way! The romance was sweet and lovable. I especially loved what bloomed between Lucy and "Dante"! I had a bit of a hard time believing the ending of the three romances a bit but it didn't deter me really enjoying the story! So glad I decided to give Nancy Moser another shot because I really did enjoy the historical threads, the mystery and the romance that blooms in An Unlikely Suitor! Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a free copy of this book for my personal and honest review and opinion!
bookreviewer1977 More than 1 year ago
The thing that I most love about historical novels is the opportunity to feel like I'm seeing a different world and place in time through the eyes of the people in the book. An Unlikely Suitor did not disappoint me, and within a few pages I was transported both back in time over a century and geographically to the other side of the country. The author did a great job with her descriptions of life and social pressures and expectations. I really liked the characters in An Unlikely Suitor a lot, and enjoyed the stories of romance and finding true love. In addition to the romantic and historical aspects of the book, there's also a darker storyline running through the book, as the main characters stand up to a former coworker who does not wish them well. I thought this storyline added an interesting twist to the book and helped a lot with the character development. Overall, I thought this was an interesting, uplifting and entertaining read. Anyone who enjoys historical novels should take a look at this book! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House to review for myself. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.