Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser - REVIEWED

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.

My Thoughts!

“ ‘L’more domina sanza regole.’ Love rules without rules” (p. 318)

Nancy Moser has created a story in which love does rule without rules – in so many ways! Unlikely Suitor contains many unlikely relationships! So unlikely, in fact, that even the characters in the story don’t realize the full extent of their unlikelihood! The Scarpelli women have been divinely moved from the crowded, dingy apartment into living arrangements and jobs that are far better than ever imagined. However, the move causes their lives to intersect with a realm of society in which they are considered – somewhat less.

But the heart pays little mind to the social standing in this story, and love draws many unlikely couples together. How all of this works out – well, that is sometimes awkward, painful and confusing. You will have to allow yourself to enjoy being transported back to the Guilded Age and join the Scarpelli family on one incredible journey! You will enjoy every moment, and by the time you reach the last page, you will be completely satisfied! Bravo, Nancy Moser! This is a great novel!