Last review!! WooHoo! I thought I'd never get to write those words. There have been so many great books this year, that, like all of my other blogging friends have done, I must comprise a list of my top 10 of 2010. So, be on the lookout for that post, later today.
Author: Nancy Moser
Genre: Histroical inspirational romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Date released: Aug. 10
Stars (out of 5):****
Age rating: PG-11
I found this book to be very clean and very Princess And The Pauper-like.
Back cover (from Bethany House):
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?
Masquerade is the tale of two friends; one rich, and the other a servant. When tragedy and disgrace befall the Gleason household, Mrs. Gleason arranges for her daughter, Charlotte, to accept the marriage proposal of a rich American. But sadly, Mrs. Gleason, who was going to accompany Charlotte on her voyage across the ocean, falls ill, and Charlotte’s maid, Dora, must take her place.
I really enjoyed this first encounter with Ms. Moser’s writing and I loved how she put drawings of the dresses, she wrote into the book. I liked the richness of her writing and the details. The characters were fun and had emotions that were real and often raw. The romance in the book was a little to...perfect, in my mind, but I did enjoy it none the less. I learned a lot while following Charlotte around Five Points and Dora around dress shops and mansions. One thing that I noticed, which really didn’t change the story or the plot, was the fact that when we happen upon Dora in New York, she always refers to herself as Charlotte and never Dora. But, other than that, the story was a nice read, which I would recommend.
*This book was given to me by the publisher in return for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way or influenced to write a positive review*
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