Masquerade by Nancy Moser
It is 1886 and Charlotte Gleason is on her way from England to New York with turmoil in her heart. She is to marry a rich American and never be in want of anything – a man who she has never met. In a panic she switched identities with her maid, Dora.
For Dora this is a chance of a lifetime, thrust into mansions and pretty gowns…. yet she is tormented by being found out….
For Charlotte it means giving up financial security, but she is willing to take the risk. What starts as a whim of a spoiled rich girl soon becomes a test of survival, and beyond Charlotte’s darkest nightmares as her “adventure” turns into something else.
And what of the man in New York?
I have enjoyed Nancy Moser’s writing from the first time I read The Seat Beside me and The Invitation series. Books that I read years ago, but was reminded of when I opened this book, like being reminded of old friends.
Lately, as the mornings become a little crisper and the scent of fall is in the air, I have been craving Historical Fiction. Odd? Maybe, but it seems as the seasons change, so do my reading habits. Masquerade filled that craving with its descriptions of England and early New York.
Well written and well paced, I had memories of Titanic, not only for my love (LOVE!) of the movie, but for the time the girls travel to America – and their choices become somewhat of a disaster. I enjoyed reading about the changes in both women, Dora finding that she has a bit more elegance than she had thought, and Lottie (who comes off as extremely snobby and spoiled) has a soft spot in her heart for children.
As I read through the tangled web the two girls have created by their choices, author Nancy Moser pulls God into the mix. Even through the blunders and mistakes on both sides, God provides and I find myself closing the last page feeling satisfied and warm inside, for a cool Fall morning.
Book Journey has updated the 2010 Book Map to Include Masquerade
Cover Story: Perfect…. a gorgeous dress that could be a disguise…and you can not see the woman’s face.
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