So you're a middle class and educated black woman. You come from a good background and family.
You're trained as a chef, but in this economy, you can't find a job in your field. But someone does want to hire you... a white couple, about your age, as their maid/cook/housekeeper. And you take the job... and keep it a secret from the people in your life.
Thus, the premise of the new novel, Substitute Me, by Lori Tharps.
One more novel going into my to-read pile. And a good recommendation for yours too.