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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?
An Unlikely Suitor By Nancy Moser is a beautiful story of how love knows no boundaries. This story shows how love and friendship cross all boundaries in society. This story takes place in 1895, a time where society dictates everything from where you live to who you marry. It's a wonderful story of crossing those lines for love regardless of the consequences. The characters in this story are well researched and very deep characters. We see how their faith in God keeps them going. The descriptions of the clothing they wear, the places they live, and the jobs they hold are very rich and again very well researched. Nancy Moser includes in the book at the end what are facts in her story and also information and pictures on the clothing of this period. This book is a wonderful story of family loyalty, friendship, faith in God, and love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I look forward to reading more books by Nancy Moser.