I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free for my honest review of this book. This review is based on my own opinion of the story.
“Eighteen eighty-six, 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. 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, she lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions–yet is tormented by guilt and the presence of another love that will not die. 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.”
This is the first book by Nancy Moser that I have read. It was a very pleasant story that kept my interest from start to finish. Takes place in 1886 about 2 girls in England who travel to America. A lady and her maid. Our lady, Charlotte “Lottie” Gleason is heading to America for an arranged marriage and her maid Dora Connors is accompaning her. Charlotte does not want to marry this man, she wants to have her own adventures so she convinces Dora to take on her identity and take her place as this man’s fiancee. They enter America and from there nothing goes the way they expected. They learn quickly that God has His own plans in their lives. This story shows how God takes us out of our comfort zone in order for us to see our potential for what it truly is, to stretch our characters. Also how God brings people and circumstances into our lives that truly help shape who we are and that we are never alone. That God provides for our NEEDS. This story describes in much detail the dress of the period, the social ladder in that time and the true circumstances of living in America. Nancy Moser truly captures the real picture of that time and period. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading other stories by Nancy Moser.