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review 2016-01-28 22:52
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

I love historical fiction especially when it's inspired by the life of silent-film star Louise Brooks or LuLu, what she was known as in the 20s; the actress that made the hair bob with bangs famous.

I started listening to the book as an audio book on a Greyhound trip but wasn't able to finish it on my vacation. I returned the audiobook to the library with the intent on rechecking it out but I forgot. Months later, I remembered that I hadn't finished it so I checked out the hard cover version and read the book. Even though it was months later, the reader's voice from the audio book was the voice that I used for the characters.

After you read the book you'll probably want to learn more about Louise Brooks; I know I do.

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review 2014-12-27 16:16
The Rogue and the Rival
The Rogue and the Rival (Negligent Chaperone, Book 2) - Maya Rodale

I really disliked Phillip in the last book. In this one, he starts out the same way and then gradually grows to care about someone other than himself. It was nice seeing him change and put someone else first. I appreciated his apologies to his brother and Emilia. While the other ("apology tour") worked, I thought it was unnecessary. This was a nice, fluffy read.

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review 2013-10-09 00:00
The Chaperone
The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty I seriously loved this book - the story of a regular 1920s Kansas housewife who chaperones a teenaged Louise Brooks to New York, but for reasons of her own. Cora felt like a real woman and I always wanted to know more of her life and of how her experiences change her as the world around her changes, too.

The only slightly negative thing is that the "epilogue" is several chapters long - but I think Cora deserves the happiness she experiences in it, so I didn't mind too much.
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review 2013-08-30 00:00
The Heir and the Spare - Maya Rodale 3.5* for me
I wondered how this was going to work without making Emilia look like an idiot. I enjoyed the big "reveal." One thing I found unnecessary; the end. *That* had to happen, really? Being the Spare worked and that didn't need to change (IMO). (That's why I didn't round up).
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review 2013-05-14 00:00
The Chaperone - Laura Moriarty This book was narrated by Elizabeth McGovern so it helped my Downton Abbey withdrawal. The story is a fictionalized account of Louise Brooks, a real life movie star in the 1920's, when she was chaperoned from Wichita, Kansas to New York at age 15 by one of her mother's acquaintances. Cora Carlisle has her hands full with this young girl on the brink of stardom, one who has little respect for the mores of the time. At first I was troubled by the details attributed to Louise's life but later learned Louise wrote her autobiography in the 50's so I guess the stories match up.

While Louise's story was interesting, I was far more interested in Cora's.She had been shipped out west on an orphan train and ended up on a farm outside of Wichita. Her (fictional) journey ended with a loving family, but I imagine many of those (real life) kids did not fare so well.

It's fascinating to watch how Cora changes as a result of the five weeks she spends in New York with Louise. An interesting story.
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