Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Masquerade by Nancy Moser

"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised."Proverbs 31:30

So, what happens when a wealthy, spoiled, young aristocrat trades places with her maid in order to begin a new life in America?

The year is 1886 and Charlotte Gleason has had enough of parental rule.  Rather than marry a rich American for money, she convinces her maid, the lovely and talented Dora, to pretend to be Miss Gleason, and the Masquerade begins.

Nancy Moser crafts an engaging (no pun intended) tale that just gets better and better as it goes along.  I really enjoyed the stories of both young women as they attempted to figure out what to do with the choices they made.  I loved meeting their new aquaintances in America, some good, some really ratty...
But most of all I loved the journey, the plot twists, the artful dodging, and the fabulous writing and research that the author seamlessly offers the happy reader who picks up this book.

This is a real gem, a whole ruby necklace full, actually.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Bethany House (August 1, 2010)

Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty inspirational novels. Her genres include contemporary stories including John 3:16 and Time Lottery, and historical novels of real women-of-history including Just Jane(Jane Austen) and Washington's Lady (Martha Washington). Her newest historical novel is Masquerade. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Sister Circle Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. Find out more at and


They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...

1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason, a rich heiress from England, escapes a family crisis by traveling to America in order to marry the even wealthier Conrad Tremaine.

She soon decides that an arranged marriage is not for her and persuades her maid, Dora, to take her place.  She wants a chance at "real life," even if it means giving up financial security. For Charlotte, it's a risk she's willing to take. What begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl wanting adventure becomes a test of survival amid poverty beyond Charlotte's blackest nightmares.

As for Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions--yet is tormented by guilt from the possibility of discovery and the presence of another love that will not die. Is this what her heart truly longs for?

Will their masquerade be discovered? Will one of them have second thoughts? There is no guarantee the switch will work. It's a risk. It's the chance of a lifetime.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Masquerade, go HERE.

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