Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T Bergren BLOG TO

 
 
 
Welcome to Day One of the Glamorous Illusions tour!  I am very excited and honored to kick off a tour for one of my favorite books and favorite authors!
 
 
 



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.









Coranne's Thoughts:

What a satisfying book!  I was immediately drawn to this cover- this has to be one of the most beautiful covers of 2012, and absolutely the most beautiful Christian Historical Fiction cover that I have been lucky enough to see (and I have read a ton of Christian fiction).  I immediately wanted to like Cora (that is where Coranne comes from, you know).  Cora returns home for the summer from school to find her home not as she left it.  After a few shocking revelations about her family, Cora is asked to join her newly discovered brothers and sisters on a tour of Europe, while her father heals.  This is where a majority of the story takes place.

The author takes her time building the story- there are plenty of moments of excitement and anxiety for the main character, but the author gives her characters time to grow and doesn't rush any of the storyline.  The ending of Glamorous Illusions is pretty painful- what a agonizing plot twist for the reader!  I have come to expect only the best from this author and she has not failed me.  She writes with passion, with heart, and makes her characters come to life in a way that is very rare.  I would love to see this book as movie (if only to the the beautiful costumes).  I can't wait to read the second book in this series- if you are a fan of  Lisa's other books (especially her River of Time series) or simply someone who is looking for a book that will make you sigh with satisfaction- this is the book for you!
About Lisa: 

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.

For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website: http://lisatawnbergren.com




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3 comments:

  1. Good review! This is my first visit to your blog. I like the "short and sweet" about your reviews!

    Julie @ My Favorite Pastime

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  2. I really liked this book too-I loved Cora and Will and getting to explore Europe just before the war starts (speaking of, I wonder if the third book will end with the start of the war or at least a mention of the archduke being shot).

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  3. So glad this is a good read :o) I ended up getting left off the tour (sob!), but happily snagged the free Kindle version, thanks to the heads-up ;o) Can't wait to dig in!

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