Book four and the end of the tour! More to come at the end of September…
Masquerade – Nancy Moser
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?
This book is adorable. Honestly! I really, really enjoyed it, despite the hokey-sounding premise that likely makes you think ‘wasn’t that the plot of ‘The Prince and the Pauper’? Sure, it’s been done before… but Moser’s tale of two young women switching places is so sweet and fun that it doesn’t matter.
I’ll keep my review short, because I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s enjoyment with giving away too many details… but I found the historical detail fascinating, the comparison between England and New York during the same time period equally as interesting, and the exploits of the ladies as they play each other’s roles very well done.
Each young woman learns, grows, and changes over the course of the novel, and while there are some cheesy moments that made me groan, they can be overlooked by the excellent writing, the surrounding detail, and the twists of the plot. I also very much liked Moser’s notes at the back of the novel, telling us where the story changed as she wrote it and which things she didn’t intend to happen that did (and some things she intended to happen that didn’t!).
The inspirational aspect of the novel is very present, but again, not overwhelming in the sense that I think this book will find a broad audience. If you’re a fan of the time period, I encourage you to give it a shot and try it for yourself!
Here’s a little Q&A with the author to entice you in the meantime : Q&A with Nancy Moser (PDF)
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.