❦ Review by Melissa:
I really enjoyed Moriarty's writing. This book flowed well and the characters were interesting and complex. I recommend it.
Many today don't even know who silent film star Louise Brooks was, so the success of this book is wonderful in that it will introduce her to a modern-day audience.
This is the story of Cora Carlisle, a housewife recruited to chaperone a teenage Louise Brooks from their small town in Wichita, Kansas to the Big Apple in the summer of 1922. The story is rich in historical detail and drama, and I actually learned much from reading it, several facts I didn't know.
On the downside, I did feel the book ran too long. It "jumped the shark" about 50-75 pages from the eventual end. It felt as though Cora's life, quite the scandalous melodrama in and of itself, just became a canvas for historical fact coverage; and as a result, the story lost some steam by the end.
But that aside, on a whole, I enjoyed THE CHAPERONE more than I did the author's other book, THE REST OF HER LIFE, so I give it a B-.