Book Review - Masquerade by Nancy Moser

Masquerade by Nancy Moser is a historical romance with Christian ethics.

From the Publisher:

They risk it all for adventure and romance,
but find that love only flourishes in truth...
1886. Charlotte Gleason embarks from England with conflicting emotions. She is headed for New York to marry one of America's wealthiest heirs--a man she has never even met. When her doubts gain the upper hand, she swaps identities with her maid Dora. 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. But what begins as the whim of a spoiled rich girl becomes a test of survival beyond her blackest nightmare.
For Dora, it's the chance of a lifetime. She is thrust into a fairy tale amid ball gowns and lavish mansions, yet is tormented by the possibility of discovery--and humiliation. And what of the man who believes she is indeed his intended? Is this what her heart truly longs for?

My review:

Nancy Moser weaves a period tale filled with wonderful juxtapositions created by class, money and social standing, which are then dismantled piece by piece as the book goes on.  As a romance, it follows fairly typical style - boy and girl meet, tension, problems, resolution... but the added elements of changing countries and developing ones own identity make this story much more than just a typical romance.  One of the things I love about the book is Ms. Moser's attention to detail - to the point where she has glossaries at the back of the book detailing specific historical information about the buildings, clothing and social scenes depicted in the book!   The character of Charolotte is the most intriguing because of the twists and turns that her search for freedom take her on.

I heartily recommend Masquerade to anyone who likes a good soul searching Christian romance with a historical twist.

About the Author:

Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a 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

Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.