Masquerade by Nancy Moser was a wonderful read! I didn't want to put it down. I never knew what was going to happen which is so unusual. Usually, you already know they are going to marry that guy and this or that is going to happen. But this book was refreshing! I loved the intricate plot.
Since her family's fortune is drastically changed, Charlotte Gleason is being sent to America to marry Connor Tremaine who is very rich. Her parents send her with her best friend and maid, Dora Connors who is then trained as a companion for the trip. Before the ship gets to America, Lottie (Charlotte) decides to switch places with her maid so she can have a fresh start in life. She wants to be able to marry for love. Dora agrees and so the adventure begins.
Right after Dora left with Connor, Lottie's jewels and money are stolen. She tells a pliceman who does nothing, but then Lea, an Italian woman, helps her and asks her to stay with her family. Lottie agrees. Lea and her family live in one of the worst parts of New York City. The streets are flithy, the tenements have several stories without good ventilation, the outhouses are right beside the tenements, and babies are just left on the street when the parents can't take care of them anymore. But with Lea's family, Lottie finds happiness.
Meanwhile, Dora has been making some mistakes at the Tremaines. Connor's sister, Beatrice, suspects something but has no way to prove it. But Dora helps Connor become a man. She encourages him to trust his instincts with aspects of the store and in life in general. She also helps Beatrice by getting her family to see and appreciate all her artwork. Even though Dora is happy there, she doesn't know is she feels more for Connor than just friendship. Especially since she keeps thinking of Dr. Greenfield who she met onboard the ship.
Lottie learns to put her life in God's hands instead of taking the reins herself, and Dora finally prays that God would do His will in her masquerade no matter the consequences.
I found this to be an enjoyable read. I hope you all go buy a copy b/c it is worth it.
I recieved this book free from Bethany House as long as I review it.