The first book in the Grand Tour series, Glamorous Illusions will take readers on a pilgrimage through Europe-and straight into the soul.
About the book:
It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father's health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her. Cora is invited to take the "Grand Tour" of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person's education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she's never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning. Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal.
About the author: Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (the first book, Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time.
Lisa's time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She's married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids-Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7). All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
My review: 5 stars! I was so surprised by this book. I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but it feel in love with it! I absolutely love Lisa's writing style, as she switches between different character's perspectives throughout the book! This is perhaps one of my favorite types of writing as it allows you to gain more understand to the characters. I found myself really drawn to Cora and Will. As a found my self surprised by the twist at the end I am greatly looking forward to continuing on the journey with all of the characters in the books that are to follow. I am certainly rooting for one particular character to move forward on his journey with Cora ;) This is a great read and I highly recommend it to everyone! Glamorous Illusions is a wonderful journey back in time to a beautiful land and a fascinating time, one which we can all enjoy escaping in and learn from.
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