The Chaperone

The Chaperone

by Laura Moriarty
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The Chaperone 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
AnxietyDocRF More than 1 year ago
Great read, fantastic writing! Highly recommend this book.
jvrancken More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, could not put down until it was finished. Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who loves history and the 20's, what a wonderful insight
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
Tries hard, really hard, but not interesting to read. Some research evident on the page, but nothing startling or insightful. Seems like the author wanted to write about a Midwestern woman travelling to New York in the 1920s, and needed a hook, so Louise Brooks was used to sell the noncelebrity story. But beside Brooks' own book "Lulu in Hollywood," this book pales completely. Disappointing. Try "Lulu in Hollywood" or Valeria Bellitti's first person account from "Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary" for much better depictions of the 1920s.
Beth73 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this fast read. I read each night until I couldn't keep my eyes open. Every time I had a few minutes, I snuck in a few more pages. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of 1920's NYC. I recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, couldn't put it down. Highly recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most respected members of our church in rural KS was on the orphan train. Cora's story was not the simple one that I was expecting. I loved how the author dealt with devastating social/moral issues that are finally becoming more comfortable a century later. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's books. And maybe Louise's, as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful read! The description of the times were so vivid i felt as if i were there! Great writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is well written with wonderful characters who have their own interesting and compelling plot lines. A must read book. DEserving of more press.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started slow but got better, ended up pretty darn good. Nice piece of historical fiction--good view of the lives of women in the early 1900s.
CKL123 More than 1 year ago
The use of factual information from the start of the twentieth century tied into a fictional setting was well done. The journey of Cora from an orphan to her death revealed the difficulties faced by women of the time. Having her cross paths with the real life Louise Brooks added to making it a fascinating read. Definitely a great book for all you historical fiction lovers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly pleasant read. This book was quite different than expected. Surprising plot turns and quite intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Moriarty's character development made the book an easy book to read. The different people in the book were very interesting. A good read.
Jai0411 More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the BEST books I have ever read. I absolutely loved every single page. Laura truly took me outside of 2012 and put me directly into the 1920's. The characters were sooo breathtaking with their human flaws and need for love or attention. I miss the characters already. I can't wait to pick up the Memoir by Louise Brooks herself. Bravo Laura Moriarty on such an amazing book about an amazing time in history.
hingham26 More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Louise Brooks prior to this book, and she makes a great jumping off point for this book, but the main character of Cora is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters were great, but I really loved the insight into life in the United States during the beginning of the 20th century. Like many of the other reviewers, I didn't want to put this book down!
lb413 More than 1 year ago
Truly one of my favorite books in a long, long time. Read this book so quickly, could not put it down. Loved the main heart ached for her at times, and delighted for her other times. Cannot go wrong with the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading, loved the story. Its have a interesting plot that took me by suprise. It was nice not to have sex, sex, sex, being the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining reading with many unexpected twists. Usage of great vocabulary. You'll like it.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review on Kritters Ramblings A glimpse into the past and a look at New York City before the depression through two completely different eyes. There is Cora who has been asked to be a chaperone, but this trip to New York City is more than the task at hand, it will take her back in time to a past that she has been trying to figure out. Louise is a young ingenue who wants to become a celebrity in theatre and film, her big break takes her from Wichita, Kansas to New York City.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. I loved it!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Makes one wonder about settling for the comforts while not being true to oneself.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Loved the history along with the multiple family stories. So happy Cora found true happiness for herself and created it for others. I now need to read more about Louise Brooks.
DianaH-Maine 7 months ago
THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty was published in 2012. I read about this book recently in an article about a new movie and PBS event, based on this book and scripted by Julian Fellowes. How exciting. I had to read it as I am a big fan of Fellowes’ style and work. Set in the early 1920s, a Kansas woman chaperones a very talented, headstrong and beautiful 15 year-old dancer (Louise Brooks) to New York City for the summer. One is looking towards the future - what it will bring (and trying to manipulate it) and one is revisiting the past (and trying to manipulate it). The writing is extremely detailed which I like. I feel an intimate part of every scene, every event, and every character. The sense of place is extraordinary - the orphanage, the train ride, the Kaufman farm, Wichita, Kansas, Cora’s home, NYC - very detailed and precisely written. A story of identity. A story of evolution - Cora and her core values developing and maturing. A story of ordinary people living their lives - with secrets and lies, high and low points, joys and frustrations and sorrows and (always) kindness. I liked the author’s list of books and documents she read while working on this book. All the characters ‘spoke to me’, even Louise. I felt much affected by the Kaufman’s. They were particularly kind and courageous in their quiet, humble way. If you are a fan of detailed, personal, period writing, you will like this book.