Title: Glamorous Illusions
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 416
Series: Grand Tour Series #1
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
4 Stars: I Really Liked It

It’s 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 someone dear to Cora is failing as well.

In one fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past…a secret that will radically change her future.

Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person’s eduction, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France, with kin she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of a family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning….

The first book in the Grand Tour series will take readers on a journey of cultural refinement, but moreover, explores what truly informs a person’s sense of identity.

My Thoughts:
I loved Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time series so when I saw this one I knew I had to read it. It was very different from the River of Time books with much less action, but Lisa delivered again with amazing characters you can’t help but fall in love with and scenery you’ll be dying to visit.

Cora (side note: I love that name) was twenty years old when her life changed drastically. Obviously I don’t want to ruin the mystery so I won’t tell you what happens. Some of the other kids her age on the Grand Tour aren’t happy to have a girl from a farm accompanying them. Cora had to learn to maneuver through some tricky relationships. Cora was someone I really wanted to see succeed. I enjoyed watching her journey. There were a few guys with romantic interest involved which always makes the read more interesting for me.

The scenery was beautiful. It made me want to take a tour of Europe. I’ve always wanted visit London and France and Italy. The characters were able to see some amazing sites. There was mystery and excitement throughout. I’m looking forward to continuing the tour with Cora in the next book of the series!

Today is the last day to enter Lisa’s Glam Giveaway for a $350 Visa Cash Card. Click HERE to go to Lisa’s blog post to learn more about it.

There will be a Glamorous Illusions Author Chat Party tomorrow night at 8/7central. Click HERE for the facebook page.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: very mild ( scuffles, death )


*I received the eBook from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.*

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Adult Fiction

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