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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Masquerade by Nancy Moser

I really appreciate it when authors do a little something different to set their book apart from others.

In Masquerade, the author includes a “fact or fiction” section in the back of the book  which I think enriches the story.  This section expounds up on the history of the time period this story is set in and I really enjoyed reading it.  

There is also a little section with black and white photos which details the fashions described in this story.  For readers like myself who love historical fiction, these two additions are the icing on the cake!

This story is a nice combination of adventure and romance and gives the readers a peek into the lives of wealthy socialites from England. On her way to America, the main character Lottie convinces her maid (Dora) to change places with her and they assume one another’s identity.   Both women step into completely uncharted territory and are overwhelmed with what they don’t know or haven’t experienced.  

For Dora, it’s the chance of a lifetime to leave behind a life of poverty and hard work while Lottie has her eyes opened to the plight of the less fortunate as she lives without the luxuries she’s accustomed to. There are a lot of characters to keep up with in this story but overall, it’s an interesting read.

Read Chapter One here

This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers

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