Review of Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren


Age Range: Adult (appropriate for older teens too)

Series: Grand Tour Series #1

Paperback: 413 pages

Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2012)

Genre: Historical/Christian fiction

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.

About the Author:

Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.

My Thoughts:

What a unique, beautiful book! I was immediately sucked into the story and remained there until I turned the last page. I loved it.

The book is about a young woman named Cora who lives on a failing farm in Montana until she finds out the truth about her parentage. She is the illegitimate child of the Copper King and his maid (her mother). She is whisked away to meet her half siblings and join the Grand Tour of Europe they are embarking on.

I loved the premise for the book. I liked the relationships between the siblings and Cora, the guides and Cora, Pierre and Cora. Essentially, I loved Cora. She was a wonderful protagonist  that I enjoyed following as she navigated the choppy waters of her new life. She was believable and genuine, a true lady, in spite of (or maybe because of) her farm upbringing.

The author has a way of introducing themes and elements that are common (like parties and balls) in historical novels and making them feel new. I often felt like I was a character in the book, and I experienced everything that Cora did, felt what she felt, and saw the world through her eyes. It was a beautiful book that I would highly recommend to fans of Christian fiction and romance.

Source: I bought this book for my Kindle.

Content: Some innuendo, drinking, and gambling, all amongst adults.


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