Aug 17, 2010

Book Review: Masquerade by Nancy Moser

"Lottie considered skipping breakfast, staying in her room, shunning her parents as her friends shunned her.

But to do so would negate her chance and great ability to pout in their presence and make them suffer. If they wanted to sacrifice her life to the wolves of America and arrange a marriage-for-money...

Behold! The martyr." Masquerade, pg 40.

Charlotte Gleason really believed that her life was perfect. Her father had lots of money, and her mother loved her. But sometimes a parent's indiscretions can change the life of a young girl, just coming into her own. Charlotte finds herself send off to America to marry a man that she has never met. It is her only chance at keeping her lifestyle, but Charlotte wants to marry for love, and she doesn't love this wealthy heir from New York. On the ship, Charlotte hatches a plan that will change the course of her life. She switches places with her maid, Dora, giving both girls a chance at a different life. Once they reach New York, can they keep up this masquerade? What will happen when someone figures out the truth? Can Charlotte survive the decisions that she has made?

Masquerade is a story that will pull at your heart strings. Two girls are forced into situations that neither are suited for. Moser does a great job showing and contrasting the poverty and wealth of New York City. I felt that I was walking the streets with Dora and Lottie in 1886. This is a story of survival and true love. It also shows the human ability to rise above the circumstances that surround us.

I enjoyed Masquerade, and would recommend it to those who enjoy historical romance.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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