Monday, October 18, 2010


by Nancy Moser

Masquerade by Nancy Moser begins at Wiltshire England in 1886. Charlotte Gleason is one of the main characters and is very spoiled, and used to getting her way. She has always lived in a mansion with a maid at her disposal around the clock.

She finds herself in an arranged marriage with Conrad Tremaine of New York. Her parents are not being completely honest about the reasons for this arrangement, and will not listen to her feelings concerning this matter. Due to her mother’s illness Dora, Charlotte’s maid is allowed to accompany her as a companion on the voyage to America. This opened up a whole new world for Dora. Suddenly she was no longer a maid; she was a lady.

The voyage to America was quite an experience for both ladies. Dora had the time of her life. A certain Doctor captured her attention and kept her busy on the dance floor. Charlotte on the other hand was not used to being ignored.

During the trip Charlotte had a change of heart; her doubts controlled her thinking. She decided how wonderful it would be to be able to experience real life and make her own decisions. She decided her and Dora needed to change places. This would also give Dora financial security and the chance of a good life. So when they stepped off the boat Charlotte was now Lottie Hathaway and Dora was Charlotte Gleason.

Lottie was going to have a life of her own. However her plans backfired and she found herself homeless on the street. What happened to Lottie to cause this misfortune? Will Dora really marry Conrad and forget about the Doctor? Will the real Dora and Charlotte ever find each other again? You can find the answers to these questions in Masquerade.

MY THOUGHTS: I have to be honest; I was not fond of this book. I felt like there was too much going on at the same time, it was very hard to follow. To many events took place in to short of a period. It is not one that I would read again. Please remember, this is my personal opinion and it might not affect your outlook on it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

until next time... nel


  1. How refreshing! An honest assessment that helps me better decide whether or not to purchase a book. So many of the book reviews I read (and I really don't read that many), often put a glowing spin on every work.


  2. it sounded like a good plot, but thanks for your honest thoughts about it. I think I would wait and get it from the library if they had it rather than buy the book, so if I didn't like it, I wouldn't feel obligated to finish readint it etc

    thanks for the review; enjoy Monday!