Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Unlikely Suitor

"Evicted?  We're evicted?"  Lucy's family earns just enough money to pay the rent and put some meager food on the table.  Now, with only a week's notice, they must pack up and go elsewhere.  Fatherless, with the family looking to her to guidance, she sets out to find them a new home.  She finds a place beyond her expectations.  With a new home, a new job, and even some new friends, might she hope for more in her life?  This story takes her out of her native New York to Rhode Island, beyond her circle of comfort into high society.  Her sister Sofia travels there as well and both women meet unlikely suitors.  Are they wise matches or dangerous?  Another woman, Rowena struggles to over come her handicap and exert her independence.  The lives of these three women are strongly tied together.  Will any of them find happiness?

I was interested in the books because it was set in 1895, in both high society and poor tenements.  There are many great stories set in this time period.  This book is one of them.  I stayed up way too late several nights to read because I didn't have enough time during the day.  When it ended, I was satisfied with the ending, but sad that it had come to the end.  I don't think the book has any trite or contrived scenes.  There's plenty of suspense to keep the story from being predictable.  If you're looking for an exciting beach read or storing up something to savor over apple cider this fall, add this to your list.  The Ruminating Reader awards An Unlikely Suitor 4 out of 5 pieces of bacon.

Nancy Moser is the author of over twenty novels.  She is a finalist for the Christy Award.  She has a degree in architecture as well as experience in music. 

An Unlikely Suitor written by Nancy Moser Published by Bethany House.

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