The festive 1920s in Santa Fe are the setting for this comic romance. After a slip with the scissors has refashioned her bob, the novel's twenty-year-old heroine, Amanda Williams, embraces the mistake, deciding to check into La Fonda to attend the next day's Fiesta disguised as a boy. Soon she is entangled in a net of mistaken identities.
Janet Chapman and Karen Barrie are freelance writers who came together because of their familial connections to the Chapman family. In 1999 they coauthored "Kenneth Chapman: Curator's Passion Brings Pueblo Art to Santa Fe," an article published in New Mexico Magazine. Public interest in the article spurred additional research that forms the basis of this book.
"I recommend the novel to any readers who are completing their own journeys of self-discovery or who simply enjoy the beauty of two people falling in love, especially those who enjoy such beauty alongside a rich cultural and historical backdrop."--Crystal Sosa, Concho River Review
"Madcap Masquerade delivers a yummy trifle of a tale based on Shakespeare's As You Like It. . . . Devour this book with a post-Prohibition libation."--New Mexico Magazine
"Madcap Masquerade builds delightfully on the venerable fiction tradition of romance gone crossways, mistaken identity, gender confusion, elaborate disguises, and meant-to-be lovers who keep missing connections. . . . A clever book to make you smile while subtly teaching both history and tolerance."--Anne Hillerman, author of Rock with Wings
"Delightfully echoes Shakespeare's As You Like It, bringing new energy to the comedy of errors in which self-recognition and, finally, expiation are surprisingly possible."--Kevin McIlvoy, author of The Complete History of New Mexico: Stories
Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Epilogue