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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2011
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?
Nancy Moser is the author of over twenty novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Christy Award finalist Washington's Lady. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She paints canes, kills all her houseplants, and is a fan of anything antique--humans included.
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MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"love rules without rules"December 15, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This was a wonderful book that exactly suited my reading appetite last weekend. Nancy Moser is a gifted author, and her characters are easy to love and care about. Love her plot twists and surprises - people and situations are not always what they seem! And this book comes with a plethora of interesting Italian proverbs that I intend to copy out and memorize. I can see several parallels between this book and her latest novel, The Pattern Artist (which I read first). "Talented young women overcoming social and economic hurdles, finding love and faith in the process. Despicable villains and helpful employers included." Despite the similarities, I enjoyed this book enough to start looking for another Moser volume immediately.
MEKA2 Stars Out Of 5All right but . . .June 23, 2012MEKAQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1After having read the five-star reviews, this book was a disappointment! Knowing this author was a Christie Award winner really peaked my interest in reading her work for the first time! It was okay but is considerably less than I expected! It wasn't as spiritually deep as I was prepared for and the themes shallow. To me it is is disjointed in hopping from character to character without smooth transition! I was prepared for more! I could recommend this book but not enthusiastically!
admomLiberal, MissouriAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great bookMarch 7, 2012admomLiberal, MissouriAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really like the author and the time period that she writes from. I have read several of her books and I share my books with two other ladies that live on a low income. They also loved this book.
Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!October 26, 2011Alannie MarshallRaleigh, NCAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was wonderful! Gripping and thought provoking, it kept me glued till the last page! I would read it many more times!
Christianfictionaddiction5 Stars Out Of 5Another winner from a great authorSeptember 4, 2011ChristianfictionaddictionQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nancy Moser has penned a truly enjoyable read, a tale rich with unconventional characters trying to make their way in a society with clear dividing lines between the haves and have-nots. In Lucy Scarpelli, Moser has created a character that will inspire women of all ages as she refuses to let circumstances define her future and instead lives with courage and determination. She is rendered in sharp contrast to high-born Rowena, who seems destined to follow the path others have set for her, but who manages to grow throughout the story in a way that contributes to a satisfying conclusion. The characters were beautifully developed and their unique stories skillfully woven together.
Moser writes with beautiful prose, and yet the amount of detail was just right as the book flew by and was difficult to put down, with some unexpected surprises. I have to admit that I never grow tired of reading historical novels of people born to poverty who, through their determination and God's grace, manage to rise above their humble beginnings. And, though I would not seek out a purely romantic novel, I enjoyed watching these characters find love in unexpected places and in spite of social mores that forbade that love. I do wonder if, in reality, love really would have conquered all, including greed or the promise of financial security, as is portrayed in this novel. But I am a sucker for a happy ending, so I chose to put aside such cynical thoughts and just enjoy the story that Moser so expertly tells!
I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy historical fiction. I always look forward to reading a book by Nancy Moser, and this one is absolutely another winner. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My sincerest thanks to the publisher, Bethany House, who provided a copy of this book for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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