Charlotte Gleason is a privileged British society girl who wishes for little else than a husband she can love and all the luxury that her fortune can buy her. On her 19th birthday, Charlotte is shunned by the man she was practically engaged to and the girls she considered her friends. Her father has been named in a divorce suit, and their family name is now tainted. To get back into Society’s good graces, Charlotte is forced into a betrothal with a wealthy American whom she has never met. Their union will save Charlotte’s family from complete ruin.
Dora, Charlotte’s personal maid, will travel to America in the place of Charlotte’s mother, who has taken to her bed with illness. The journey to America brings all sorts of new possibilities for not only Charlotte, but Dora as well. Charlotte convinces Dora to take her place and marry Conrad Tremaine while Charlotte pursues other endeavors. As they each masquerade as something they are not, both find love and faith in God through mysterious ways.
Masquerade by Nancy Moser is historical fiction at its finest. Her descriptions of the fashions, New York, and even the desolate slums in which Charlotte finds herself are vivid and will make you feel as if you are really [amazonify]0764207512[/amazonify]there with Charlotte and Dora. Though I was able to predict most of what would happen to these characters, I was still deeply engrossed in the story and invested in what would happen to all of the characters. I would have liked more depth, however, in the Tremaine family, especially with Conrad and his sister Beatrice. If you enjoyed the movie Titanic or any Prince and the Pauper type retelling, you will absolutely fall in love with Masquerade.
I have really come to look forward to books published by Bethany House, a Christian publisher. The stories and character romances are really clean, and mentions of the Christian faith are often subtle and not at all offensive to non-believers. They can easily be enjoyed for their historical content by readers who don’t subscribe to any given faith, and may inspire those without one to consider one.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.