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.
This novel is a coming of age novel about a girl who grew up believing she was a simple farm girl with ambitions to become an educator. After her father suffers two strokes, the family realizes they are going to lose their farm, and Cora will have to quit school. Cora is sad but determined and has faith that God will help her and her family make it through the tough times. Then, Cora learns a secret about her family. Cora is illegitimate. Her real father is a coal baron who has come to remedy Cora and her family’s situation. Cora’s birth father invites her on a Grand Tour of Europe that his other children are taking. She must learn to navigate society and balance her new self with the old. Cora will need God and the support of the handsome young guide who is leading her and her half siblings through Europe.
I enjoyed this book. There are many references to God, but the book is not overly religious. Cora is a likeable heroine, she is strong willed and intelligent. Glamorous Illusions is a well written book that is easy to fall into. The romance is fun and the descriptions of Europe are spectacular. After reading this book, I really wanted to travel myself. I give this book five out of five stars.
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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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