An Unlikely SuitorAn Unlikely Suitor
Nancy Moser
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Intrigue and romance abound among 19th-century Newport's elite! Socialite Rowena Langdon invites Italian dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli to create her summer wardrobe. While Rowena faces an arranged marriage, Lucy meets an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk. And Lucy's sister takes up with a man of dubious character. Will they find happiness with their unlikely suitors? 400 pages, softcover from Bethany.
     

 

 An Unlikely Suitor Discussion Questions: by Nancy Moser


 

1.  The Scarpellis need a new apartment. Lucy goes to find one, leaving Mamma to do the praying for her. There's a fine line between doing our part because we shouldn't remain idle, and doing our part because we don't trust God to do it. Proverbs 21:31 says: "The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord." What does this verse mean? How did Lucy fare in following the instruction in this verse?

 

2.    In chapter 2, Lucy comes home and says, "When I left this morning, I didn't realize it would be the last time I'd see the place as it's always been." Her mother responds, "Consider it a blessing, Lucia. Sometimes it's best not to have time to wallow in the 'last' of things." Think of a "last" in your life (moving, sending a child off to college, changing jobs, etc.). How did you deal with your "last"? How would following Mamma's advice have helped?

 

 
3.   Lucy takes a big risk in catching Bonwitter in the act. There are repercussions for herself and her family. But what good came from her action? Have you ever risked much to see that justice was done? What did it cost you—or others? What were the rewards?

 


4.    In chapter 10, Mrs. Garmin explains about men coming to Newport only on weekends, leaving their wives alone the rest of the time. Lucy considers: "What a life they had. As their husbands worked hard to pay for their lavish lifestyle, all the women had to do was sit back and enjoy the benefits." This was a positive aspect of being a woman during the Gilded Age. Or was it? What are some of the other positives and negatives of being a woman of that time? How would you have fared?

 


 

5.    In chapter 13, Rowena struggles with jealousy over Lucy's talents. She nearly takes credit for Lucy's painting and is wary about giving Lucy an outlet to shine. And yet "friends help friends be their best." Name someone in your life who has many talents. How do they make you feel? How have you provided a way for them to showcase their talents? How has someone given you a chance to showcase your talents?

 


6.    In chapter 14, the ladies of the dress shop finally take Sofia seriously. "Losing her title of 'Baby Sofia' made her feel like one of the group again, which made her want to work harder." When have you felt separate from a group of peers? How did it make you feel? How did you respond? How did the situation change?

 

 
7.    In chapter 17, Mamma is uncertain about going to a different church. Lucy pats her hand and whispers, "It's all right, Mamma. God lives here too." Where have you been where you had to remind yourself of God's presence?

 


8.    Rowena realizes that without Lucy coming into her life and taking Edward away, Rowena would not have been open to acknowledge the love Morrie has for her, and realize her love for him. And without the scandal and the boundaries of society broken by Edward and Lucy, Rowena would never have been willing to break the bounds herself. God works through all things for good. When have you seen His hand in your life, where something "bad" turned into something "good"?

 

 
9.    In the epilogue, Edward tells Lucy to close her eyes, to trust him. But she has trouble surrendering control. In the end he shows her a surprise beyond her imagining. Here are two verses that speak to this: "Watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told" (Habakkuk 1:5), and "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). When have you surrendered to God? As a result, what amazing surprises did He show you? If you haven't surrendered...why not? And finally, why not do so now and see what amazing things He has in store!
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
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Discussion Question Index

A


 • Abigail: Jill Eileen Smith
 • Abigail's New Hope: Mary Ellis
 • Against All Odds: Irene Hannon
 • Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden
 • Almost Forever: Deborah Raney

B


 • Blue Moon Promise: Colleen Coble
 • Blue Widow Brides: Maggie Brendan
 • Breach of Trust: DiAnn Mills
 • (The) Bridesmaid: Beverly Lewis
 • (The) Bridge: Karen Kingsbury
 • Brigid of Ireland: Cindy Thomson
 • Burn: Ted Dekker

C


 • (The) Calling: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • (The) Chance: Karen Kingsbury
 • Chasing Mona Lisa: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
 • Chasing the Sun: Tracie Peterson
 • Choices of the Heart: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: Diana Wallis Taylor
 • Critical Care: Candace Calvert
 • Crossing Oceans: Gina Holmes

D


 • (The) Dance: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
 • Deadline: Randy Alcorn
 • Deadly Devotion: Sandra Orchard
 • Deadly Ties: Vicki Hinze
 • Deception: Randy Alcorn
 • (The) Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow: Olivia Newport
 • (The) Discovery: Dan Walsh
 •  Dolled Up to Die: Lorena McCourtney
 • Demon: A Memoir: Tosca Lee
 • Digitalis: Ronie Kendig
 • Dogwood: Chris Fabry
 • Double Minds: Terri Blackstock
 • Dying to Read: Lorena McCourtney

 F


 • Fair Is the Rose: Liz Curtis Higgs
 • Freefall: Kristen Heitzmann
 • Frontiersman's Daughter: Laura Frantz

G


 • Gift of Grace: Amy Clipston
 • Gone South: Meg Mosley
 • Grace: Shelley Shepard Gray

H


 • Havah; The Story of Eve: Tosca Lee
 • Heart's Safe Passage: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Highland Sanctuary: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
 • Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall

I


 • Intervention: Terri Blackstock
 • Into the Whirlwind: Elizabeth Camden
 • Invisible: Ginny Yttrup
 • Iscariot: Tosca Lee

J


 • (The) Jewel of His Heart: Maggie Brendan
 • June Bug: Chris Fabry

 K


 • Katie's Way: Marta Perry
 • Killer Among Us: Lynette Eason

L


 • Lady in the Mist: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Lady of Bolton Hill: Elizabeth Camden
 • Lady of Milkweed Manor: Julie Klassen
 • (A) Lasting Impression: Tamera Alexander
 • Leah's Choice: Marta Perry
 • The Lesson: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • Lethal Remedy: Richard Mabry
 • Life in Defiance: MaryLu Tyndall
 • Like Dandelion Dust: Karen Kingsbury
 • Lonestar Sanctuary: Colleen Coble
 • Lonestar Secrets: Colleen Coble
 • Love Amid the Ashes: Mesu Andrews
 • Love at Any Cost: By Julie Lessman
 • Love Calls: Lorna Sielstad
 • Love in a Broken Vessel: Mesu Andrews

M

 • Making Waves: Lorna Sielstad
 • (A) Memory Between Us: Sarah Sundin
 • Moon in the Mango Tree: Pamela Ewen
 • Moonlight Masquerade: Ruth Axtell
 • (A) Most Peculiar Circumstance: Jen Turano
 • My Heart Remembers: Kim Vogel Sawyer

N


 • Naomi's Gift: Amy Clipston
 • Never Far From Home: Mary Ellis
 • Nightshade: by Ronie Kendig
 • No Place for a Lady: Maggie Brendan
 • (A) Noble Groom: Jody Hedlund

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P


 • Paper Roses, by Amanda Cabot
 • Plain Jayne, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 • Preacher's Bride: Jody Hedlund
 • Promise of an Angel: Ruth Reid


R


 • Rebekah: by Jill Eileen Smith
 • Redeeming Love: Francine Rivers
 • Redemption: Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
 • (A) Reluctant Queen: Joan Wolf
 • Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney
 • Remembered: Tamera Alexander

S


 • Sarah's Gift: Marta Perry
 • Shadows of the Past: Patricia Bradley
 • Simple Choices: Nancy Mehl
 • Simple Deceit: Nancy Mehl
 • Slow Moon Rising: Eva Marie Everson
 • Someone to Blame: Susanne Lakin
 • A Sound Among the Trees: Susan Meissner
 • The Sweetest Thing: Elizabeth Musser

T


 • Tailor Made Bride: Karen Witemeyer
 • That Certain Summer: Irene Hannon