They risk it all for adventure and romance, but find that love only flourishes in truth...
1886, 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. 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. 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, it's the chance of a lifetime. She lives a fairy tale complete with gowns, jewels, and lavish mansions--yet is tormented by guilt from the possibility of discovery and the presence of another love that will not die. Is this what her heart truly longs for?
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.
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In the late 1800s marriage was not something a woman always did for love, but often out of responsibility. That was the dilemma Charlotte Gleason found herself in when her parents decide to send her to America upon the invitation of the parents of Conrad Tremaine. It is the marriage of two perfect families. Because Charlotte's mother is too ill, the family decide to send Dora, Charlotte's maid to accompany her as her chaperone.
One glimpse at America and all the supposed adventure that is there to discover, Charlotte quickly changes her mind and convinces Dora to switch identities. This is definitely a case of be careful what you wish for because soon after the two women part things take interesting twists.
Charlotte finds herself penniless and thrust into Five Points. If you have studied history you know that Five Points was beyond what could be defined as a slum and it housed more than 1 million people. People suffocated at night in their sleep simply from the lack of ventilation in the tennements.
While Charlotte is struggling to survive, Dora is struggling to fit into a household where she is more comfortable being a servant instead of being served. However, her slight social miscues endear her to the staff and ultimately to the family as well.
The story does not end the way you might expect which is wonderful. That is one of the wonderful things about Moser's writings. She does not like to travel the predictable path, but instead leads where her characters lead. And you will be lead through another amazing journey!