Thursday, January 13, 2011

Masquerade by Nancy Moser


I loved Masquerade by Nancy Moser! Charlotte and her maid Dora embark on a trip across the ocean to America looking for love and a new life. While on the ship, Charlotte devises a plan to fulfill her family obligation while still having an adventure ... they will switch places. Charlotte will go out on her own in New York City, while Dora will take on the role of society girl courted by one of the wealthiest bachelors in America. Will they realize that God's plans are better than their plans? Or will they continue on their own paths?

I enjoyed every minute of reading this book! Moser did a wonderful job researching fashion, customs, etc., for this time period in both England and America. I really enjoyed a section at the end of the book that explained the fact behind some of the characters, places, and customs mentioned throughout the book. She also did a wonderful job developing the characters and allowing them to grow throughout the story. This also was not entirely predictable from beginning to end as many romance stories are. Several twists were thrown in that kept me guessing as to how things would be resolved in the end.

Nancy could easily write more about some of the supporting characters. I would love to read more about them and will look forward to reading more by her in the future!

5 stars

About the Book
1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs--a man she has never even met. When her doubts gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. She wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. But what begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her blackest nightmare.

For Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She is thrust into a fairy tale amid ball gowns and lavish mansions, yet is tormented by the possibility of discovery--and humiliation. And what of the man who believes she is indeed his intended? Is this what her heart truly longs for?

About the Author
Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a eighteen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest. Read more about her books at www.nancymoser.com.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest review.

3 comments:

  1. Any chance I could borrow this one?? It sounds good!

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  2. Yes ... I'll bring it to you tomorrow. :)

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  3. I finished this one tonight and I really enjoyed it, too! I agree that it wasn't totally predictable but ended almost exactly as I would've wanted it to! It would be fun for her write other books about Conrad and Beatrice in the future. I'd like to know what becomes of them! Thanks for letting me borrow it!

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