Sunday, November 28, 2010

Masquerade by Nancy Moser*a review

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?

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (August 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764207512
ISBN-13: 978-0764207518
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and twenty-one 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 performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.

Charlotte Gleason and Dora Connors mistress and maid
They have to travel to America, Charlotte is suppose to marry into a rich family, her family is losing everything. Dora is going along to help and be a companion. Charlotte wants to marry for love and doesn’t want to marry Conrad even though he is one of the richest men in American. So Charlotte and Dora decide to switch places. Dora is greeted by the Tremaine family and they accept her. Charlotte sets off in search of family Dora has to get a fresh start. Things didn’t even start out right. Charlotte was robbed when they got off of the ship. When she finally found Dora’s family they had moved on. So that start the story off to a great start. In the book we follow both girls as they go through so many things and both draw closer to God.
In life many people ask Why am I here? What have I been born to do? In “Masquerade” the characters ask these questions and find answers. We can start in one situation in life but end up differently.
In the back of the book the author shows us pictures and descriptions of fashion in the 1800’s. Which is very interesting. Also she talks about different parts in the book that are real and gives facts about the different things, like the first American slum. It was called Five Points in New York. It was a middle class neighborhood, but because of water problems was abandoned to the poor. In 1880 at Five Points 37,000 tenements were there that housed nearly 1.1 million people. They lived in places that were not fit for humans.
Here is a quote from the book that I really like “If you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans.”
I’ve heard some authors say this and think it is neat, that the characters take over and write the story for them. That was the case with “Masquerade.” This was the first book I’ve read by Nancy Moser and won’t be the last. “Masquerade” is a great book to read on a rainy day. It would be easy to read in one day if you had the time. I recommend “Masquerade.”

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Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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

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