Would you trade places with your best friend if you could? Even if she was a maid, and you were a wealthy society lady? Charlotte and Dora, a lady and her maid do just that. Despite the fact that the two are immigrants from England, where an accent alone can betray the origins of your birth, they manage to pull it off. Charlotte’s reluctance about the marriage her parents have arranged for her becomes the answer to Dora’s prayer, or so she thinks.
The trip over on the ship begins a series of events that is anything but smooth sailing for the ‘masquerade’.
I found the descriptions of the immigrant ghettos most riveting. The entrance of Sven, as a photographer in that time period seeking to document the squalid conditions was an interesting concept. No doubt there were people who did that, as some early photography exists.
The conclusion was fairly predictable, and if you forget about the poor Italian immigrants, satisfies your itch for a happy ending!
Ms. Moser’s letter to the reader, and her explanation about how the plot changed over time was a novel addition. I found her honesty engaging and almost as fun to read as the book.
Bethany House sent me a complimentary copy of Masquerade in return for my honest opinion of this book.nancymoser