An Unlikely Suitor is the fictional story of the Scarpelli women. Italian immigrants living in New York, mother and daughters barely make ends meet working as seamstresses in a sweat shop. When oldest daughter, Lucy, finds them a better apartment and work situation, everything starts to change. And when she befriends wealthy socialite Rowena Langdon, the Scarpelli women find themselves transported to a whole new world.
This story shows the stark contrasts between rich and poor as they existed in the late 1800’s. It also shows what can happen when people ignore those lines in favor of friendship, loyalty, and love. Full of secrets, surprises, and complications of all sorts, An Unlikely Suitor is a fascinating story.
Unique to this book, as far as I’ve seen, is a chapter by chapter summary telling what’s fact and what’s fiction along with pictures of some of the fashions of the day with their descriptions from the book printed once again underneath. Fans of this era will enjoy this bonus! Thank you, Bethany House Publishers, for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.