The Chaperone–Book Review

 Laura Moriarty’s  book, the Chaperone, is  Historical Fiction that is based in the 1920’s. You can get an idea of the person and style of this era by the cover of the book. People were very conservative as was the dress and manners. You can see the transformation of the country as well as the development of the characters as the book proceeds.

the chaperone laura moriarty

Cora, the main character, decides to chaperone a young lady, Louise, to New York for a month while she tries out for a dance company. As I was reading this, I was wondering why a married women with 2 kids getting ready to go off to college would agree to such an adventure, especially coming from a small town in Kansas. Cora has no idea what she is about to experience let alone how do deal with a person like Louise. Cora is much more conservative than Louise and is trying to protect her through out their time in New York.

However, secrets about Cora are reveled that help you better understand the reasons behind Cora’s desire to take on this position to New York. Looks can be deceiving but from the outside and inside for both characters in this book. Laura, the author,  shares great insight into her characters and does a great job developing them into real people.

  At first I was not sure what this book was really going to be about or in fact keep my interest, but it takes some turns early on that I did not expect  that kept me wanting to read more. I usually don’t read historical fiction but this has more fiction than history so I enjoyed reading it while on vacation earlier this summer.
This is an easy reading novel that can easily transform you to a time that you most likely did not experience. (unless you are very old and reading this blog!)
Read about what others are saying about this great summer find on BlogHer.

This review was a BlogHer Book Club review, in which I was given the book as well as a small payment but all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. It sounds interesting. I am not usually a fan of historical fiction either, but I am a Blogher fan. I did not know they had a book club.

  2. Sounds like a great book 🙂

  3. I LOVE historical fiction, but it is often set before this time period. My very favorite novel of all time- The Great Gatbsy- made me fall in love with this era. Thanks for the great review and I will definitely be adding this book to my “to read” list on GoodReads. 🙂

  4. Oh this sounds fabulous. I might have to keep my eye out for it!!

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