Reviewed by Meg Massey

Italian dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli is at the end of her rope when An Unlikely Suitor opens. Having lost her father and now facing eviction, Lucy must find a new home for herself, her sister Sofia and their mother before the week’s end.

A chance meeting leads to the opportunity of a lifetime, and suddenly Lucy, Sofia and their mother find themselves living in a nice apartment above the dress shop where they become employed. Lucy’s skills as a dressmaker put her front and center and present her with an opportunity to meet socialite Rowena Langdon. It is an unlikely friendship, but when Lucy finds a way to hide the young woman’s long-ago leg injury under elegantly designed dresses, she is invited to Rowena’s family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.

Once she’s arrived in Newport, Lucy is thrust into the heights of society; she encounters a man on the Cliff Walk named Dante with whom she instantly connects. Meanwhile, Rowena is pushed into the possibility of an arranged marriage with Edward, a man of means who is being groomed to take over her family’s business. But does she love him? Or does she simply think her physical injury will prevent her from pursuing what she’s really passionate about? And when Sofia arrives in Newport to help Lucy create dresses for a costume party, she finds herself entangled in an unlikely romance.

Will these women find love? Or will their dreams be torn apart by class differences and secrets?

A fantastic historical novel by Nancy Moser, An Unlikely Suitor will certainly appeal to readers who enjoy a good romance. The author brilliantly captures the social expectations of the Gilded age. The three relationships featured in this novel won’t disappoint, and one of them includes a delicious twist that is sure to surprise the reader!

Rating: 4/5

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.