MY REVIEW:

“Glamorous Illusions” totally lived up to the promise of its beautiful cover that hinted of elegance and a bit of mystery. The story is presented from the points of view of both primary characters Cora Diehl/Kensington and Will McCabe and the reader gets to know each of them and their inner thoughts well by the end.

Raised on a farm in Montana, Cora is suddenly confronted with the reality that everything she has known in life is not exactly what she believed it to be. Whisked off the farm by a birth father she has never known to spend months in Europe on a grand tour with half brother and sisters she was unaware of, Cora’s mixed feelings about the situation left her more than confused. Trying to live up to everyone’s expectations as well as attempting to gain the acceptance of her new siblings left Cora feeling rejected and in a constant state of stress. Her only lifeline was her friendship with Will who helped her through the difficulties and offered her many words of wisdom along the way. As a guide in training, Will was also mostly unwelcome in the same circles as the other Kensington young people but found Cora to be a refreshing and unspoiled change from the other young women. Unfortunately he also knew that a relationship with her was off limits no matter how they felt about each other.

Although there is a touch of romance, “Glamorous Illusions” focuses more on Cora’s journey of self-discovery. Her character is portrayed so well that it was easy to understand her inner conflicts as she found herself both loving the unaccustomed luxurious lifestyle yet feeling uncomfortable and guilty about it at the same time. I loved her boldness, honesty, and her determination to always do the right thing. Will was also a wonderful character whose own morals led him to do what was proper.

With excellent descriptions of the lifestyles, fashions, and customs of the early 1900’s, “Glamorous Illusions” takes the reader back to an era that most can only imagine. The story is filled with lots of interaction between the characters and has its share of drama, a smidgen of humor, and even some action and suspense thrown in for good measure. My only complaint is that I have to wait until next spring for the next installment, “Grave Consequences”, to find out what happens with Cora, Will, and all the rest. It will be difficult to wait but rest assured, that is one book that will be on my must read list.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.



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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.

For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website.

 

 



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