Author: Nancy Moser
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical Fiction
Masquerade by Nancy Moser is a mixture of interesting and cliche. In a literary world where romance takes the blue ribbon, competition is fierce and creating something original is nearly impossible. That being said, I am generally tougher on romance because of that. Don't write it if you can't make it unique, no one will remember it if it is not set apart... different. Masquerade is a good book, interesting, good character development, a nice plot. But it is just that, nice. It is not set apart and because of that it will go on my bookshelf as yet another book I will soon forget.
The storyline: The story focuses on Charlotte Gleason and her maid Dora. Charlotte, a woman of standing in England is being sent to marry a man she has never met. Determined to make a new life for herself and not follow the arranged marriage that made her mother miserable, Charlotte swaps identities with her maid, Dora. Will their decent catch up with them on their journeys to find true love and happiness?
What I liked about this book: I enjoyed the story. It was well written and informative. I felt bad for the thousands of immigrants who came to America to find a better life and discovered just how difficult that would prove to be.
What I didn't like about this book: As I said before, it is not memorable. I found Lottie's (Charlotte) character to be naive and unrealistic. At the same time, I suppose if a young girl were living in those times, surrounded by servants and wealth, perhaps this wouldn't be so far from the truth. Nevertheless, it annoyed me and I found it very difficult to associate with her character.
Who this book is good for: If you like historical fiction and enjoy romance novels, there is no doubt you will enjoy this book. However be prepared that its lack of substance will perhaps leave you unsatisfied.
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**I received this complimentary book through Baker Publishing Group