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.
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.
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.