Monday, May 9, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor

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.

In the last couple of years, Nancy Moser has become one of my must-read authors, and she delivers another stellar novel with An Unlikely Suitor. The plight of Lucy and her family and the limitations placed on her by her class and ethnicity tugged at my heart. Equally captivating was the cage that society and family places around the wealthy Rowena Langdon, made all the more confining by her disability. Sofia spent much of the novel alternately making me wish I could either wrap her in my loving mother-arms -- or give her a spanking! The twists and turns encountered by these three young ladies as they navigate life kept me glued to the pages of this story, reluctant to put it down until the last page was turned. As always, Nancy Moser ends her historical fiction novel with a detailed explanation of which aspects of the novel are fact and which are fiction. This book will go on my keeper shelf next to the other books by this author, eagerly awaiting her next. I highly recommend it!


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Cathy said...

Sounds good. I think I've read one book by her. Sounds like I need to check her out again.

quilly said...

I'd like to read this one, I think. I'll flag it on my wish list.