Friday, June 3, 2011

Masquerade by Nancy Moser

My Review:4 STARS

This was the first book that I've read by Nancy Moser and I was really intrigued by the story line of Masquerade and had high expectations for this book! While I really did like the book there were some areas that fell short to me!

The story line I thought was extremely creative. I loved that the rich spoiled girl trades places with the maid so she doesn't have to marry rich American Conrad. Once Catherine trades places with her maid Dora she ends realizing life without money is a lot harder than she expected and wants to change her mind repeatedly!

Another thing I really enjoyed about this story was the way Nancy Moser expertly described a wonderful vision of that time period that made you feel like you were a part of the story and a part of history! The part when the girls are traveling on a boat to America was just fantastic and I sympathized with the atmosphere they were dropped in to once they arrived in America with all the other immigrants! The slums on New York City were described in great detail and my heart broke at the hardship that those people must have endured!

What I didn't enjoy about this story were the characters! I never really connected to Catherine (Lottie) or Dora although I did sympathize with Dora more than Lottie. I thought Lottie was a horrible spoiled woman and her transformation at the end wasn't believable to me at all. I was confused at times about some of the other characters personalities as well. They seemed to bounce back between nice to mean and I wasn't sure whether I should like them or not like them-like Mrs. Tremaine or Dr. Greenfield or even Sven.

I also thought the romance and love aspect fell short for me! I had high hopes for that part of the book and when it ended I just felt like I didn't love the relationships that were formed or the characters that were involved! I hated how things ended for the families like the Tremaines and the Gleasens but I won't go in to why so I don't spoil it for anyone!

While there was some definite things that I dis-liked about Masquerade there was a lot to enjoy and I thought the writing was very well done and the story line unique and I do actually plan on reading another book by Nancy. I think historical Christian fans will enjoy this book!

Book Blurb:

They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...
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?

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

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