Book Review: Masquerade

19 Nov

Charlotte Gleason is set to marry one of America’s wealthiest heirs. When doubts surface, she trains her maid Dora to take her place while she seeks adventure in New York City. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her blackest nightmare. Meanwhile, Dora, lives a fairy tale amid gowns and lavish mansions, yet is tormented by the presence of another love that will not die. Will their masquerade be discovered? Will one of them have second thoughts? There are no guarantees. It’s a risk. It’s the chance of a lifetime.




Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Mozart’s SisterJust 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



My Impressions:

Reading Nancy Moser’s books are always a treat.  I have read a great many and have loved them all. Masquerade is no exception.  Set amid the excesses of New York’s high society and the squalor of its tenements, this novel captivates the reader immediately.

Lottie Gleason is a spoiled English heiress used to always getting her way.  Dora, her faithful ladies maid, has been in service since the age of 13 and is adept at anticipating and meeting Lottie’s every whim.  So when Lottie hatches a plan for Dora to take her place, the adventures begin.  Both girls are put into foreign environments that they are not equipped to meet.  They must use their wits and their inner faith to meet all the challenges that face them.

Masquerade explores the Gilded Age of America — a time of great wealth and opulence for the very rich and a time of great poverty, disease and deprivation for the immigrants that have come to follow their dreams of a new life.  Moser has very accurately portrayed this era in American history — the reader can imagine the overwhelming despair and hopelessness of the tenements of the Lower Eastside and the abundance of the leisure class in their 5th Avenue mansions to the north.

Pick up this book if you like history, romance, and a coming-of age story.  You won’t be disappointed.


Highly Recommended.


(I received Masquerade from Bethany House Publishers in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: Masquerade”

  1. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries November 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    It’s funny how when we live away from our blood family, we make our own new family of friends where we are. Have a wonderful holiday week!


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