CFBA: Masquerade by Nancy Moser
Nancy has a way with words and her characters reflect that gift. Dora and Lottie each have a unique personality and it's their conversations and flirtations that showcase that the best. You can tell that she has drawn bits of inspiration from many classic novels and created her own unique story. The Prince and the Pauper is probably the most obvious, but I could feel bits of Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice, and even a dash of Twelfth Night.
The premise of maid and lady switching places is fun and obviously leads to many humorous and delightful moments, but it's the darker, deeper places that Nancy leads her characters that makes this book truly memorable. New York City is often romanticized, but she shows us a much more gritty and moving view through the eyes of someone who is an outsider. Much like a good portion of her readers, we see it for all that it is and grow with Lottie as she finds her real purpose.
A fantastic, fun and moving story.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason, a rich heiress from England, escapes a family crisis by traveling to America in order to marry the even wealthier Conrad Tremaine.
She soon decides that an arranged marriage is not for her and persuades her maid, Dora, to take her place. 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. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl wanting adventure becomes a test of survival amid poverty beyond Charlotte's blackest nightmares.
As for Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions--yet is tormented by guilt from the possibility of discovery and the presence of another love that will not die. Is this what her heart truly longs for?
Will their masquerade be discovered? Will one of them have second thoughts? There is no guarantee the switch will work. It's a risk. It's the chance of a lifetime.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Masquerade, go HERE.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
http://www.nancymoser.com/ and http://www.sistercircles.com/.