Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren-- Book Review
| Lisa Tawn Bergren
The first book in the Grand Tour series, Glamorous Illusions will take readers on a pilgrimage through Europe-and straight into the soul.
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, but 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 Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is just 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.
I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. The details of the time period, between the various settings of the farm, the rich homes, the glorious ship they travel on, and the different sight-seeing adventures they have as they travel, were truly glamorous. It was so extravagant and lush, I could relate to Cora very well. My mind would be going crazy if I stepped from the average life of a farm girl to the over abundance of a wealthy family.
Cora's character was very intriguing and genuine. She was determined to get through this Grand Tour, no matter how difficult her siblings made it. She has a boldness that makes her stand out from the others; she isn't afraid to let people know what she's thinking. At times, she feels quite out our her league, but she tries her best, and she stays true to her character and beliefs. I liked that.
The other memorable characters for me were the dashing William, who is always at the ready to step in to help Cora, Felix, who is Cora's new half-brother and at least willing to try to get to know her, and then, surprisingly Cora's birth father, Wallace. I say surprisingly, because I felt a tinge of uncomfortableness with him as Cora did at first. However, later, he turns out to be very interesting.
As for the story, it was absolutely lovely and stunning. Ms. Bergren is a wonderful author who has a way of spinning tales that leave me reading late into the night and wanting more when it's over. If you are a fan of any of her books, you will enjoy this one immensely. And if you are not yet, and like stories that take your from the comforts of your home to another time and place, I highly encourage you to read this.
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 the 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.
For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website. You can also catch her on facebook and twitter. :D
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I received a copy of Glamorous Illusions for free from Lifuse for this review. I was required to give my honest opinion about this book and nothing more.