Masquerade

Masquerade

by Nancy Moser

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ISBN-13: 9781441211941
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 602,755
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and seventeen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, has traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in various theaters. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home near Kansas City.
Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a eighteen novels, including Mozart's Sister, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, and is 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.

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Masquerade 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Gleason is a wealthy and spoiled young woman whose world changes when her father bring shame and financial ruin to his family. Dora Connors is Charlotte's maid since they were both thirteen. Their relationship borders on friendship withheld from all its benefits because of social boundaries. But all that changes when Charlotte, accompanied by Dora, is sent to America to marry a very wealthy heir. But upon arriving, Charlotte decides to switch places with Dora. The masquerade begins. I thoroughly loved reading this book. I liked the premise, and I felt the author was able to pull it off well. In some aspects, this novel reminded me of a Jane Austen book. It is character-driven and full of events that kept me guessing until the end to see how it would all turn out. Both Charlotte and Dora are likable characters. Their personal growth (mainly because of their changed circumstances) as the story progressed was the impetus that kept me loving every page I read. I especially enjoyed the Italian immigrant Scarpelli family, since my relatives, grandparents and parents are immigrants who carved a life in America and Canada. The Italian phrases brought a smile to my face, and I appreciated the author's research of what life was like for many immigrants when they first arrived in America. It made me look back on my family with admiration for leaving everything behind to start anew in a strange land. The ending came a little too quickly (maybe because I was enjoying the book so much) and I felt the romantic involvements weren't fully developed. Both Charlotte and Dora's love interests were men I would have liked to know better. So few words were exchanged between Dora and Edmund that it left me craving for more. However, since the main focus of the book is not really romance, this is but a minor setback, and as I said I loved reading this book. The story explores friendship, the value of honesty and finding one's purpose in life. It is filled with vivid scenes that would allow for a great transition to the movies. No doubt about it, Nancy Moser has made it on my list of favorite authors.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Masquerade by Nancy Moser is inspiring and moving historical fiction about Gilded Age New York. Charlotte Gleason has lived all of her nineteen years in blissful ignorance of the troubles of the world around her. Spoiled by her parents, she has beautiful clothing,a group of well-heeled wealthy friends, and servants to care for her every need, especially personal maid, Dora who has been her best friend since she was twelve. When her parents face scandal and a reduction in their finances they order her to New York to marry into the noveau riche Tremaine family to secure her future. Aboard the ship to America with Dora, Lottie rebels against their plan and determined to marry only for love, she switches places with Dora. Dora will become Charlotte and marry Conrad Tremaine, and Lottie will seek her fortune in the city. Her dreams of adventure are quickly shattered and she is forced to face abject poverty and homelessness, but how can she take away Dora's chance at happiness? Both young women must determine if they can build a future on a lie. Moser's writing is always intelligent and engrossing, and this novel has far more depth than the cover reveals. Lottie discovers what really matters to her and that she will only achieve her dreams by relying on God, while Dora must choose between marriage to a good man who is wealthy beyond her dreams or a man whose trust she has destroyed but fills her heart. But it's more than a romance, it's a story of woman discovering themselves and learning what real hardship means. It's a historical romance with intelligence and heart and faith.
Lupa More than 1 year ago
Masquerade starts off like any girls typical dream. A girl, about to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs. The only downside is that she has never met this man. I absolutely loved this book. The way the author crafts such a tale takes a typical situation from the 1800's and twists it in such a way that a reader cant help but keep reading. My favorite character was Dora just because she represented someone who was thrown into every girls dream. She got to live in the fairy tale, even if it wasn't for long. I loved the way Moser crafted the friendship between the two girls. This book was one that made me feel what Charlotte was feeling. What she is forced to do makes you feel bad for her to an extent where you feel like you are experiencing it yourself. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in historical novels. It is truly a fairy tale twisted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not one of my favorites. Lottie Gleason and her maid Dora Connors travel to America to meet Lottie's fiancee. During their travel Lottie decides to switch places with her Dora. The characters were realistic but were not very interesting. The plot was pretty interesting but at times it does become boring. Overall, this book is okay but like I said it is not one of my favorites. I recieved this book from Bethany House Publishers and expressed my true opinions.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
At the age of 19, Charlotte "Lottie" Gleason is spoiled, rich and nearly engaged to Conrad Tremaine, the son of a wealthy merchant in America. Lottie openly acknowledges that she likes her self-centered lifestyle, but desires true love over an arranged marriage to a wealthy young man. When Lottie and her maid, Dora Connors, travel from Wiltshire to America for the purpose of Lottie meeting Conrad, Lottie convinces Dora to swap places with her. Lottie will go to Dora's distant family relation and Dora will masquerade as Charlotte Gleason. But the plan does not go as smoothly as Lottie anticipated and soon Lottie is destitute with no job and no family. All of the sudden, marrying Conrad Tremaine and all of his money does not sound like such a bad idea. But what about Dora? Does she truly love Conrad Tremaine? What will become of her and Conrad if her true identity is revealed? Overall, Masquerade was an entertaining book to read. The plot moved at a good pace and some of the twists were pleasantly unexpected. The depictions about the lives of the immigrants and the poor class of people were intriguing and seemed realistic. However, I did not like the character of Lottie Gleason from beginning to end. I suppose that in the beginning, she is not meant to be likeable, but even as she went through her change of heart, I still did not like her. As she was one of the main two characters, this meant that a substantial amount of the book was about her. On the other hand, Dora, Conrad, Sven, Dr. Greenfield and the Scarpellis were very likeable and entertaining. This is, of course, a personal preference about characters. I would not discourage anyone from buying the book based on this, but I would suggest renting it from the library first. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jennifer_Bonds More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Gleason is a woman that has lived the life of luxury in England with her family. Her father announces that she will be sent to New York to marry one the richest heirs whom she has never met and knows nothing about. Charlotte rebukes and tries to get out of the planned wedding but her father will have nothing of it. Little does she know, her family is in danger of losing their high status in society and this is why her father is so anxious to send her away and get her married to someone that can continue to give her the life that she is accustomed to living. Charlotte is not one those women that want her life planned out for her. She wants to marry for love and she wants to learn about life on her own, something that she has not been able to do while living at home with her parents. Dora is Charlotte's maid. She goes along with Charlotte on her journey to America. On the way, Charlotte comes up with a grand plan to switch identities with Dora so that she can go and discover herself and get the experiences in life that she would never be able to do if she marries this man. Dora has the opportunity to live a life that she has always been around but never got to experience. She is dressed in the beautiful gowns and feels like a true princess. Life for Charlotte doesn't turn out quite like she expected. Immediately upon getting to New York and separating from Dora, her whole plan is changed before her very eyes. She gets new experiences, but not the ones she had hoped for. Charlotte struggles with whether she should she go and claim her spot as the true Charlotte Gleason or should she continue on, not knowing what may happen to her life as she knows it. This is a wonderfully told story that took me back to an era of time that is completely different to the life I am use to. I could not put this book down. Nancy Moser did a wonderful job of creating these characters and putting together a story that you could actually imagine the lives of these women in their struggles and journeys into two completely new lives. I would definitely recommend this book as a great read. Masquerade was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers free of charge for review purposes only. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
It's 1886 England. Charlotte Gleason's life as a wealthy socialite's daughter will end if she stays in England for reasons unrelated to her own doings. Her father and mother have 'arranged' for her to marry Conrad Tremaine, son and heir of one of the wealthiest men in America and the owner of Tremaine's Dry Goods store, a five-story building in New York City which encompasses an entire city block. A strong-minded Charlotte decides she wants to marry 'for love,' not wealth and society. The Tremaines, however, presumptuously send two, first-class tickets for the steamship Etruria. Dora Connors has been Charlotte's personal maid for more than seven years. When Charlotte's mother is taken ill, Dora is assigned to accompany Charlotte to NYC as her friend. The steamship ride alone is a great story, but it's only the half of it. True to her self-centered nature, Charlotte convinces Dora to take her place as the bride-to-be of Conrad, while Charlotte (Lottie) seeks to make life happen her own way once they arrive in America. Dora becomes Charlotte Gleason, and Charlotte becomes Lottie Hathaway. Circumstances change in a hurry, leaving Lottie alone and abandoned. Her 'half-prayers' remind her of God's promise 'to watch over her.' Dora (now Charlotte Gleason), on the other hand, is drenched in the luxury of society's elite at the Tremaine's, albeit living in angst of being 'discovered' and thus humiliated. Masquerade was a very insightful read. It takes you on a disturbing distinction that distinguishing the elegantly rich socialites and the poor, 'the haves' and the 'have-nots' through the role-reversals of the young ladies, that were initially meant to find Charlotte her ideal plans for her life in America. Reminiscent of The Prince and the Pauper, with a little Gone With The Wind verbiage, Masquerade has deeper spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical consequences when both young women choose to deliberately deceive. Sir Walter Scott's "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive'. becomes a truism to be dealt with. The depiction of the poor in America in 1886 appears to be as horrific as today's homelessness. The poor that Jesus is ever so aware of and wants us to care for, both physically and spiritually. With roles reversed, will the young ladies "find" themselves? Make it on their own? Or will they metamorph into the young ladies God intended them to be? To add to the pleasure of the book, the author delineates the actual historical data that she based her novel on, along with pictures of some gowns worn during that time frame. This book was provided free by Jim at Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
This may be my new favorite Nancy Moser historical book. I still love John 3:16 the most but for historicals this book is fantastic. It is like an updated version of the prince and the pauper but it is beautifully crafted and a pure pleasure to read. I actually thought that it might bore me a little since it was similar in tale to an old story, but I was sorely mistaken. It is brilliantly written with incredible characters and I read the entire book in about a day... I just couldn't put it down. Nancy is a master of historical fiction and has proven that time and again. Masquerade just confirms it all over again - absolutely wonderful.
mldg on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A young woman and her maid change places for a chance at a new life in America. The people and places are realistically portrayed. The characters learn about themselves, and everyone has a happier ending.
melopher on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This fast paced, plot driven book is one of those that you don't want to put down. It includes a great variety of personalities, locations, and stations in life, all which were well researched, making it a fun historical read. The clothing descriptions and fashion plates included in the back of the book were a nice addition. While the characters themselves aren't very deeply drawn, their struggles are real and universal. I have to admit that I found the main character rather dislikable, the friendship between the two girls forced, and the ending a bit too tidy for my taste, but if you are looking for a witty, inspirational, historical story, then you will probably be well pleased.
vg2001 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Lottie Gleason's parents have put her in a terrible position. Forced to sail to America from England in order to marry someone she has only met through letters and she would never love, Lottie comes up with a daring plan: switch places with her traveling companion and friend, Dora! Lottie's always wanted adventure, and America's the place where everyone gets a fresh start, right?! And she certainly doesn't want to marry without love. So the switch takes place, but Lottie, who's always been able to get what she wants, learns that America isn't England, plans can go awry in the worst ways, and not everyone is who they seem to be.A sweet, but ultimately forgettable story. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. But the characters weren't developed as well as they could have been, and I didn't even like one of the main characters...and I know I was supposed to.My chief complaint remains the same as for most of the fiction that I've reviewed recently: don't call it *Christian* fiction, when it isn't! Christian fiction deserves the name when the Gospel is clear, and when the plot can't be sustained without the Christian angle. But when you can remove the "God parts" and the plot remains the same, God is only a tag-on - "Let's throw in a quick prayer...here!" - included to appeal to an audience that will plunk down their money for anything historical and romantic at the nearest Christian bookstore. That doesn't make a book Christian any more than Madonna affecting a British accent makes her actually British. Our holy, awesome God transcends all, including fiction, and deserves better than characterization as the Great Vending Machine in the Sky.
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I enjoyed this book. A light-hearted historical romance with just enough Christian reference to make it believable and enjoyable yet not overwhelming. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of drawings of fashion that was used in the book. It shows an interest and dedication of the author to the realistic descriptions of fashions of the time the story is set in. The storyline has been done before, but in this case it was very enjoyable. The novel also includes questions for a book group.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book kept me up at night. I look at the clock and said to myself; `right, one more chapter then bedtime¿. I really liked the way this book was written. The history was interesting, and rich in detail. I especially enjoyed how the dresses were described, and at the end of the book there¿s a small appendix with pictures to help with the visuals. The author¿s note was extremely informative and helpful, and you get an explanation on how Moser got her ideas to make this book happen. The plot was really interesting and attention grabbing, and although this book would be considered inspirational fiction (with a bit of Christian element in it) there is mention of God, and some parts do end up being a little preachy but it¿s not enough to be a bother. It may get a little annoying and unnecessary at some points, but you¿d have to consider, back then there was a heavy dependence on God and the Church. I¿d like to think of it that way, and it does add for more historical accuracy to the plot.The characters in the novel were excellent and Charlotte (in the book she¿s mentioned as Lottie) was your typical high society girl. I did not really like her from the start. She¿s seen as shallow, oblivious to anything except what she plans to do next at a social event, and throughout the book she¿s really a jealous spoiled brat. She actually got me riled up towards the end, it got me thinking that she¿ll really never learn her lesson. However, she does develop and mature (eventually). She becomes a much better person but whether she remains likable or not is up to the reader. I preferred reading about Dora though. The particular plot arc was much more interesting and Dora was much more likable as a character. Regarding Beatrice (Conrad¿s sister), wow. I really hated her. After what Dora did Beatrice does a nice wonderful `thank you¿ in return. I felt like giving her the slap for that moment. She was really a hateful witch. Mrs Tremaine, on the other hand, I disliked at first but she became a surprise at the end, and I ended up forgiving her for being so cold. An engaging plot, a wonderful cast of characters and rich historical detail makes this book worth reading. If you¿re willing to put aside the religious content and read it for the sake of its¿ historical content pick this book up. It really is worth the read. I enjoyed this book and am glad I gave it the chance it deserves.
JacobsBeloved on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this novel by the end of it. The beginning is a bit slow and dry, as Moser sets up the background information and almost struggles to get the reader to "side" with the main character Charlotte Gleason by using her maid's voice to excuse Charlotte's "spoiled rich girl" behavior. I really have a hard time buying the lines that Charlotte really is a good person even though she chooses to be naive about the world she lives in because she feels helpless to enact change. But what happens to her family to force her to travel to America is just the thing to wake her up to the real world and her own responsibilities in it.I feel much more sympathetic to Dora Conners' plight, as she has little to no say in her life and what Charlotte forces on her, even if it does seem to benefit Dora in theory. To be forced into a position in which she has to lie about who she is and where she is from by her "boss" is atrocious, no matter how much a "friendship" has been built between them. In addition, the endgame is that she is expected to give of her own body to a man in marriage who does not even know who she really is - it's completely shameful.The parallel way that the story is told once the girls get to America is quite interesting, especially how their paths intersect in seemingly coincidental ways, such as the sweat shop where Charlotte works temporarily manufacturing the clothes that Dora orders from the Tremaine's department store. The more that Charlotte suffers and the guiltier she feels for the lies she has told and has also forced on Dora makes me like her more for the maturation in character she experiences.In contrast, I have a hard time blaming Dora for the choices she has to make while living in the Tremaine household given her circumstances. She was made to come to this place and perform to certain expectations, and she has no backup plan should she decide to do otherwise. The guilt she feels despite her lack of personal choice in the matter only make her more likeable to the reader. Given where she is from and what is being handed to her, there are not many who would fault her for going along with the "masquerade."In the end, the goal of both girls is true love over financial stability, and since I am a romantic at heart, I can't help but approve of the ending.
FloridaMom1234 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had trouble putting it down once I started. It was unpredictable and had lots of twists and turns in the plot and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The two main characters are Charlotte Gleason and her maid Dora. On the way to America, Charlotte changes her mind about marrying a wealthy man and switches with her maid and the adventure begins. I can't say enough good about this book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I would definitely read another book by this author.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When family financial difficulties and scandal threaten to decimate Charlotte Gleason¿s current and future social standing and security in England, her family sends her to America with her personal maid to secure the hand of the wealthy Tremaine heir. On the voyage over, she concocts a plan to trade places with her maid ¿ trying her hand at living an independent life in New York while her maid ¿ Dora ¿ assumes her identity and travels to the Tremaine¿s to see if their son Conrad is the man for her. Needless to say, this quickly becomes a sticky wicket as both young women are trapped in the deception and surprised by the new lives they find.I like Nancy Moser. I like historical fiction set in the Gilded Age. I have truly enjoyed several of her novels and they have found permanent spaces in my bookshelf. I¿m afraid that Masquerade hasn¿t. Moser seems to have focused more upon historical detail and fashion (both fun in their own right) than she has upon character development. Charlotte makes very choppy, and somewhat unrealistic changes ¿ mainly during her voyage to America. Dora is believable, as is Conrad and the Italian family Charlotte (Lottie) finds refuge with, but the others are sorely underdeveloped.This in turn leads to unbelievable and hastily assembled romantic developments and more of a `fairy-tale¿ story feel than one of a rich, fully developed novel. The budding feelings between two of the characters that do NOT end up together is more realistic than any of the characters that DO end up together. I don¿t want to include a spoiler here, but after reading the author¿s note at the end of the novel I can see why that is ¿ the final pairing was an unexpected development that occurred to her only once a good portion of the novel had been written. I¿m afraid it shows in the writing.That being said, this is still a nice story, and a sweet tale. The spirit of the American immigrants included within its pages is inspiring, but I¿m afraid that despite the delectable cover (I was so looking forward to this one) Masquerade reads as though it was more hastily written than other works of Moser¿s that I have enjoyed.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
schmapp on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I love historical fiction and was excited to get this book through the Early Reviewers. Masquerade centers around Lottie, a weathly young lady in Englad and her maid Dora. They travel to New York City so Lottie can marry Conrad Tremaine. Lottie convinces Dora to switch place with her. Both characters get lessons in life throughout the story. It is hard not to fall in love with the characters and become connected to them. Moser paints a vivid picture of what things were like during that period in history. I particularly liked the end of the book where the author took time to discuss the research that she did about the period, dress and social class.
justablondemoment on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Well done on this book. A grabber from the beginning. As I was reading I felt at times that I was right along the sides of these to young women experiencing everything with them. The only thing that kept it from a 5 star is, that as much as I was swept up in there lives, I was able to put the book down. 5 star books are the books that if I have to go into the other room I take the book with me. This book was really good just not quite a 5. Author did a fantastic job with research and as another reviewer said the end of the book where the research is laid out was interesting. Would love to see a series out of this book one with each of the girls. Recommend for both historical and romance book lovers.
MarieFriesen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was the first book of Nancy Moser's I read, and it's definitely made me a fan. I feel a little sheepish admitting this, but the cover threw me off at first. In fact I almost passed on the chance to review it, because I expected a simplistic romance without much historical detail or character growth. But I picked it up anyway and I'm so glad I did! (Yes, I should've remembered that trustworthy saying about not judging books by their covers!)What struck me at first was Lottie's fascination with Sense and Sensibility, Little Women, and Wuthering Heights, and her opinion about Charles Dickens. It felt surreal to see what a girl from 150 years ago might have said about the same classic books and authors that I've read and enjoyed. This raised my hopes that the rest of Masquerade would have more of 19th century culture and social issues woven into it, which it did. I truly love historical fiction that pulls back romanticized visions of history and sets its characters right into the heart of the gritty, multi-layered, paradoxical reality of their time period, which Nancy's book does so well. It helps me, as a Christian reader, reflect on my own complicated times where the 'right' answers and decisions are rarely as straightforward as I wish they were.I found myself emotionally connected to Lottie and Dora, whether I was cheering for them or upset with them for making particularly immature choices, as inexperienced and idealistic young people often do. The struggles Nancy brought Lottie and Dora through, in a way, are also not very different from the struggles young women face in our time. This is another huge strength I appreciate about Masquerade. The characters were three-dimensional from the start because their challenges didn't only force them to survive in the world, but also to survive inner conflict. Painstakingly they struggled with God, with social norms and pressures, with their dreams, their consciences, their baggage, and their calling. I could relate! And through it all they changed and were sharpened and became more nuanced, wiser, more grounded, and deeply beautiful grown-up young women.I was especially impressed that Nancy chose to focus on two young people who were born into a familiarity with religion yet lacking a dynamic personal relationship with God, as so many Christian young people are today. Lottie accompanied her parents to church all her life, yet she was still in a spiritual wilderness of sorts. Her personal encounter with God probably mirrors that of many churched kids today. It's a gradual, almost snail-paced, but also very intentional splicing of our identity from our parents', realizing we've been riding their spiritual coattails, so to speak, and have to decide if we want to plant our own two feet on our own journey of faith. It's a different kind of spiritual story to find in Christian fiction, and it's definitely one that needs to be told because of how many of us can relate.In a way I wish the end of the book hadn't been wrapped up as quickly as it was, because I wanted to know what both women, and all the men in their lives, were thinking and feeling when the last events unfolded and final decisions were made. But overall the story kept me glued to the book, and I loved it. As I wrote above, I'm a fan and I'll be keeping an eye out for Nancy Moser's work from now on!
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I often think about staying away from books published by Bethany House because they are known for their Christian fiction, and I get tired of having religion take over the story. Yet the few times that I read something from Bethany House, as was the case with Moser's "Masquerade," I am always glad that I picked them up. Moster's historical fiction is a good balance between the romance and historical, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light read.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wonderful Gilded Age story with a different twist where the wealthy girl and the maid trade places. I loved the detail, the culture, the realism of the slums as well as the excess of the wealthy. I really enjoyed the romantic threads entwined in the lives of both women and their men. While the ladies went about things the wrong way, God redeemed their situations. That was what made the book special to me. They came clean and were rewarded for repenting and turning their lives around. I still felt bad for The Tremaines, however, because they got the short end of the stick. This was a good story and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to people who find this time period fascinating.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A few years ago I was introduced to the writing of Nancy Moser through one of her historical women series in Just Jane. I loved that novel page one to end. I did not love this novel, but overall I liked it. The hardest part for me in liking Masquerade was one of the main characters and her personality. She would flip back and forth from one area of thought to the next and she infuriated me with how selfish, spiteful and arrogant she was. So many things she just did not get, and I felt that she was still that way in the end with no lesson learned and still going out for what she wanted above all else. Another issue I had was another character with similar attributes and once you thought that she was befriended, she pulled out the stops with hostility. It was confusing and a bit hard to keep up with whether "today would be a friendly day or not". All and all it is a good story. It has some feminist tones about the main issues of life in the New York Gilded Age that are great to read on a page and see in action. There are also wonderful historical pieces that draw such a vivid picture that both make you want to see it for your self and also make you glad for the changes in the way things are now. I completely get the vibe where in the author's note, Nancy says that "it was like combining The Prince and the Pauper, Titanic" and others. I could see those and feel them come from the page. At the end of the book, not only do you get some great discussion questions, but also a very neat section on The Fashion of Masquerade and Fact or Fiction in Masquerade. Very neat and perfect for a reading group. *Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a first for me by this author and I will admit that I highly enjoyed her work! She drew me in from the first page and kept me hooked til the end. Her talent at penning a story is outstanding and I will definitely be adding her to my growing list of wonderful authors that I love. Have you ever wished you lived someone else's life because you think they have it better than you? If so, then this is a perfect and quirky novel for you to read! This is a historical novel, and while I LOVE historicals, that is not what drew me in to this story. What drew me in was the storyline of Charlotte, an English heiress, being sent to America to meet a wealthy heir whom her parents arranged for her to wed. Along the journey, she decides she wants to live a "normal" life and she changes places with her lady's maid. It was definitely a different and unique plot with excellently crafted characters, beautiful historic detail, a wonderful spiritual message from God about being happy with who you are,a touch of mystery and even a little romance woven in when someone starts to lose their heart! I give this book 4 stars and two thumbs up, along with recommendation to all who not only like historical novels, but who like those sweet, unique and witty stories! I am looking forward to the next Nancy Moser novel and will definitely be checking out her past works!
Tinasbookreviews on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Charlotte has grown up as a privileged lady in high society England, whereas Dora has grown up as a servant...in particular Charlotte's lady maid. Both girls though are content with there stations, Charlotte is accustomed to the finer things, while Dora is grateful for a job and happy to be among the Gleason family.When Charlotte also known as Lottie is forced into a marriage to redeem her family's name she believes her life is over. When circumstances force Lottie to travel with Dora she concocts a plan that will change the world they each live in..........Set in the glamorous Gilded Age of England and the new world of America, Masquerade was rich in its history and completely sucked me in with the lavish balls and costumes. Most interesting was the life of the servants, while truly hard working people they had a spirit so strong and so much determination that given the choice I believe I would have walked in Dora's shoes. Moser's book was well researched and showed the reader things going on in that days society's.¿
kathleen.morrow on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Charlotte, a high born English lady whose family has fallen from grace, and her maid Dora travel to America to meet Charlotte's betrothed. On the way, Charlotte talks Dora into a Prince an Pauperesque switch, and the two learn life lessons and (of course) find romance. This book earned 3 stars. The writing is decent and the plot is engaging - and not as predictable as one might suppose from the blurb on the back. The historical detail is surprisingly accurate even if the characters are a bit modern. The book's weakness is poor character development. Still, I found this book an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.