Charlotte Gleason was raised seldom hearing the word "no." Dora, on the other hand has been raised to serve the affluent Gleason family on their English estate. A trip to America to meet a wealthy, potential husband for Lottie offers both women the opportunity to embrace a whole new life.
In a switch reminiscent of The Prince and the Pauper, Lottie and Dora decide to trade places. Lottie hopes to avoid a loveless arranged marriage, and Dora gets the opportunity to live a life of luxury. What could possibly go wrong?
I'm a sucker for historical fiction, especially when it concerns fancy balls and high society. I think most of us still have dreams of Cinderella balls, intricate gowns, and elaborate multi-course dinners. The novel was a fun escape from the real world of watching Cinderella, wearing sweatpants, and reheating whatever happens to be in the freezer.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and was somewhat sad when the story had to end. If you enjoy seeing how the other half lives, or learning more about New York City in the 1880s, pick up Masquerade.
4 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my honest thoughts of the book.