The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

 

Louise Brooks was going to make it big.  She just knew it.  Kansas, was not big enough to hold her, and in 1922, on her 15th year she leaves for New York for her big break.  To her annoyance, a 36-year-old woman named Cora Carlisle is sent along with her as a chaperone for the free-spirited Louise.

For Cora, this is hopefully going to be the adventure she felt was missing in her life, and she also has an underlying reason for wishing to go as well.  Yet Cora had no idea what an undertaking she was in for… Louise is a beautiful young girl who is arrogant, lacks respect, and is used to getting her own way.  Louise’s constant flirting with older men to get her way, and leaping before she looks, keeps Cora on her toes, and complicates her own reasons for coming to New York.

For five weeks, these two women are together and as time goes by, they are changed by what the other brings to the table.

1922 New York

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I love modern-day New York.  This June will be my third time there and I just love it.  Now, saying that, I try to picture New York in 1922 and how it would differ from my experience.  Thanks to author Laura Moriarty, I don’t have to stretch my imagination far!  This well detailed book leaves me feeling like I could walk down the streets of 1922 New York and feel right at home.

Maybe part of my love for this book is the fact that it is set in New York.  Maybe part of that draw is that in a few weeks I will be walking where Louise Brooks one time did as well. Maybe part if the draw is that I will be meeting author Laura Moriarty in New York, and although it is 2012 (details, details), it will be like stepping into the book itself.

*sigh*

Seriously though, I did enjoy this book very much.  I did not know prior to this read that Louise Brooks was a very real person, who shortly after 1922, made it big as a silent film star.  She was, as Laura Moriarty tells in The Chaperone, very outspoken, and expected things to be her way.  (I looked up some information on Louise and was fascinated to find that her father’s business took priority over raising children, and her mother felt that she gave birth to them, now they can raise themselves.  An awful incident with a neighbor at a young age did not help Louise’s already wild state…. )

Ok, I digress, but what I can say about this book is that it was a page turner.  I loved that while Louise Brooks is a fascinating possible protagonist, she actually plays second fiddle her to the real protagonist of the book, Cora Carlisle, The Chaperone.  The story line, the secrets, WOW.  Both women, I found be extremely interesting and I am going to highly recommend that fans of history, historical fiction, New York (YAY!), and strong female protagonists, snatch up a copy of this book.

The book releases on June 5th and is available for pre-order now.  An excellent choice for a summer read.

 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for a review copy of this book

I bow before you with my 1922 Velvet Dress Hat,

This book was amazing!

64 thoughts on “The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

  1. I am always up for reading something set in New York, also, and the 1920s have been a fascinating era that I’ve delved into lately.

    I loved this book, too; and I’ve enjoyed several other books by Moriarty.

    I envy you the NY trip…enjoy!

    1. It will be out soon Wendy! 😀 I think as you review and build relationships with publishing companies and writing reviews they start to know your likes in reading and start to offer you books that fit your style. I think… I think that is how it works. 😛

  2. I don’t think that I would normally be drawn to books like this, but your review has made me step out of my comfort zone and add it to my TBR list.

    You’ve even made me wish I could go to New York, and I don’t even like big cities! 🙂

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

  3. This definitely sounds like one I would enjoy. Did you read The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – it’s set in a similar time period and is very much based in NY NY.

  4. I’m glad to hear this is a good one. I love Louise Brooks. I have a couple friends (twins) who look just like her, haha! I’ve been interested in this one for awhile, and I just found a coverless ARC for sale at my local thrift store two weeks ago, so I picked it up and hope to read it soon!

  5. I’m so bummed I can’t be in NYC with you again this year … maybe I’ll have to read this book and imagine myself there in the 1920s and live vicariously!

    Thanks for being on the tour Sheila.

  6. I didn’t think this is one that would interest me, but so many are saying that it’s one to be read so maybe I need to adjust my thinking.

  7. I love that Louise is a real person. Also, the effect that Louise and Cora
    have on each other’s life, sounds very intriguing…New York is a magical
    place for me; I have never been there!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  8. I can tell how much you really enjoyed this book! It ‘s clear that you felt the author presented New York in its proper 1922 light and, since I don’t know much about New York, that makes me feel confident that I can bellieve what I read in the novel. Evidently the two main characters were developed well, which is also good to know.

  9. I have just added THE CHAPERONE to my wish list. I know I’m going to love this one. Great review thank you.

  10. I’m really interested in reading this book. I like historical fiction even more when it revolves around a real person and a fictional interpretation of that person’s life. Plus, I love the 20s! What a fun era.

  11. The relationship between Louise and Cora sounds intriguing. It’s also interesting that Louise is a real person.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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