Glamorous Illusions: A Novel

Glamorous Illusions: A Novel

by Lisa T. Bergren
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful start to another wonderful series by Bergren. I am a huge fan of Lisa’s River of Time series, as is another of our reviewers (Kole). This series follows a girl that has been living a simple life, barely making ends meet with her family. Soon she is swept up into a world she has never seen, with a family she has never known. Alternating her point of view with Will’s, one of her tour guides, gives the reader the chance to get to know both of these characters from inside and out. Glamorous Illusions has less action/adventure to it than the River of Time series, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hold its own. It is all about self discovery and following one’s heart. Both Cora and Will are determined to do the right thing through and through, even though they both need to learn about themselves and the changes in their world in order to do so. There are many characters in this book, but never too many that I mixed them up or was confused as to who was who, as they are all very distinct personalities. Lisa does have a way with writing strong woman and I love it! I am not an avid Christian book reader, but what I have read of Lisa T. Bergren’s series isn’t preachy. Yes, it does have Christian characters and speak of God, but it isn’t overwhelming and simply lends itself to the characters and the wonderful story she has created. The characters ponder over the challenges that they are faced with and turn to their religion to help see them through it. I hope this book is filed under Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, and Christian books at stores because there are so many readers that will enjoy this series. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
booklover16MH More than 1 year ago
As others have stated in their reviews, I really enjoyed Lisa Bergren's River of Time series, and when I saw that this book was coming out, I immediately put it into my wish list. And it did not disappoint. The story drew me in immediately, and I had to pace myself in order to not read it in one day but to enjoy it over a few days. I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of both Cora and Will. I also enjoyed reading about the early 1900s and the whole idea of a "Grand Tour". I personally love visiting England and France, so the settings of the book were a plus. The front cover of the book is beautiful as well, so I'm glad to have it in paperback. The only two things that I found lacking were a.) the side characters and b.) the fact that the book leaves the reader hanging. I would have loved to have had a better idea of who Cora's half-siblings were as I felt that their descriptions didn't give much detail. I couldn't really picture the sisters at all, so I really had no feeling about them. I think it would have added more depth to the book to learn a bit more about each of them. And I find it a bit frustrating to be left hanging at the conclusion of a book, especially when there are many months between the publishing dates of each consecutive book. I'm glad the series is continuing, but I would prefer to read the books right in a row. But that's just me . . . Overall, this book is well-written, quite enjoyable, and perfect for anyone who loves reading stories that are set in Europe and/or during the time period right before WWI.
DLBishop More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with this book! It is easy to get caught up in the storyline and follow its flow. It's clear that Lisa Bergren has done her research because this story is jam-packed with lots of little historical references and nuances that make it substantial. The chapters alternate from the viewpoints of two main characters, Cora and William. (This reminds me of the first novella Bergren wrote to follow "The River of Time" series. In that novella the chapters alternate between the vantage points of Gabi and Lia.) Seeing the same situation from multiple angles adds an interesting dynamic to the book. I appreciate reading Christian fiction that's more than just a sweet story. I crave depth, character development and a storyline that isn't predictable. "Glamorous Illusions" didn't disappoint me in any of these areas! This was one of those books where I had to struggle to "pace myself" while reading it. I could have easily convinced myself to pull an all-nighter and polish it off - but then it would have been over. This book is THAT good, and I just wanted to savor it for a little bit longer. The best part of "Glamorous Illusions" was noticing that it is just "Book One!" I look forward to reading future books in the series!
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Cora Diehl's life is turned upside down when she learns she is the illegitimate daughter of Wallace Kensington a Montana copper king. She is forced to come to terms with the knowledge of her biological parents' sin and the secret her loved ones kept from her all her life. She has to discover how to love the siblings who scorn her, while she is thrown into a trip around Europe with them. This first book in the Grand Tour series takes you on an adventure from the farms of Montana through England and France. Along the way Cora discovers that the most valuable journey is within. In the pages of this book there are lessons of forgiveness, trust, finding self-worth and reliance on God. As I read this book I was pleased to once again find my self taken back in time. Lisa has a wonderful way of bringing cultures and foreign places to life right before your eyes. Each book I've read of hers leaves me wanting more! The characters become like family or friends and you don't want to say goodbye at the end. I look forward to the next books in this series!
book4children More than 1 year ago
What a unique, beautiful book! I was immediately sucked into the story and remained there until I turned the last page. I loved it. The book is about a young woman named Cora who lives on a failing farm in Montana until she finds out the truth about her parentage. She is the illegitimate child of the Copper King and his maid (her mother). She is whisked away to meet her half siblings and join the Grand Tour of Europe they are embarking on. I loved the premise for the book. I liked the relationships between the siblings and Cora, the guides and Cora, Pierre and Cora. Essentially, I loved Cora. She was a wonderful protagonist that I enjoyed following as she navigated the choppy waters of her new life. She was believable and genuine, a true lady, in spite of (or maybe because of) her farm upbringing. The author has a way of introducing themes and elements that are common (like parties and balls) in historical novels and making them feel new. I often felt like I was a character in the book, and I experienced everything that Cora did, felt what she felt, and saw the world through her eyes. It was a beautiful book that I would highly recommend to fans of Christian fiction and romance. Source: I bought this book for my Kindle. Content: Some innuendo, drinking, and gambling, all amongst adults.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
This book is breath-taking in its scope, in the questions it raises, and in the way it pulled me until I had to put the world on hold for just a few more minutes so I could finish the story. Loved it and aching to dive into book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first novel in a new series by Lisa T. Bergren asks the reader to consider what they know about their life as it is. Then she asks you to go further, and ponder the ramifications of something immense intervening in their paths. This is what happens to Cora, the central figure of the novel. I have always enjoyed Ms. Bergren's novels, and this one did not disappoint me. She is skilled at drawing you into her story and making you care deeply for her characters. It is also refreshing to read a book that doesn't go too far in its' graphic descriptions. There is plenty of romance and intrigue in the pages, yet it doesn't take you too far. I look forward to the next book in this series.
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Enjoyed reading about Cora's new life and travels. She had challenges and sorrows but met them with God's help .
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GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Shock. Absolute, staggering, shock. Cora can’t believe that she’s not the person she thought. Her father isn’t the man she thought. Her mother could have done something so degrading. Her life changes absolutely when she arrives home from Normal School, halfway to her teaching certificate, to find her father has had a stroke. How can God ever help them recover from this devastation? Oh, but He does provide an answer. Not the one Cora had anticipated or hoped for but an answer. She’s to have a Grand Tour with siblings she doesn’t know. Now, Cora must cope with a new family that doesn’t want her, a new name she’s not prepared for, and admittance into a world she’s never considered. Will she be able to navigate all of these changes and the fear of leaving behind the only life she’s ever know and still keep God at the forefront? Hott Review: I don’t enjoy books like this. I grabbed the second book in the series, Grave Consequences, thinking it a mystery then decided that I needed to read this first. I almost didn’t when I realized it was really a book about life and not just a sweet inspiration romance or mystery. What I liked: WOW. Just WOW! I was completely drawn into this book. I just couldn’t out it down – and when I was unable to read, I was thinking about it. The plot and imagery are so real you feel transported through time! Amazing! What I didn’t like: Honestly, I’m glad this series is in three books, but I can’t imagine not reading all of them. If I’d realized that is was essentially one book cut into three books of 400+ pages each I probably wouldn’t have started this series yet, I feel that I’d be missing something integral if I’d not taken this journey with Cora. More… Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren Source: Kindle Free Read 6/2012 Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Montanna & then Europe Series: Grand Tour #1
NatDag More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bergren does a wonderful job of transporting the reader into the early 1900's and to the various places the characters travel to in Europe. I really enjoyed following Cora's journey of discovery and love throughout the entire series. Worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the series
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JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Glamorous Illusions will take anyone on a ride full of adventure,mystery, travel, and romance. Taking place in 1913, the story evolves around Cora Kensington, a girl Montana, whose future is about to change as soon as her biological father appears in her life. Not knowing that the father that she thought was hers is not her real father, Cora is immediately thrown into a world of mystery and secrecy. Discovering that she is the illegitimate daughter of the Copper King, she will have to adjust to a new life style all for her parents. As soon as she is told that she will have to take the Grand Tour with her half siblings and their friends, Cora will not only have to fight to gain their approval, but she will also learn to find the importance of what she has and of who she really is. In a world of glamour and richness, Lisa T. Bergren takes readers to a whole new world, full of amazing adventures in the most amazing places in the world. As a lover for all things traveling, I was really excited to read this book. The cover itself completely grabbed my attention, the art represents the book really well. There are only a handful of historical romance books that I've read, but this one has made it to my “all time favorite” shelf. The story is beautifully written,and it captures the feel of the cities very well. I found myself completely immersed in the book. Cora's adventure definitely keeps the reader wanting for more. Her personally is very likable, and she is strong minded (which protects her from her unlikable siblings). I absolutely love Will in the story, he is the only person that Cora can truly trust, and it makes it hard as a reader to see that my favorite characters in the book don't always en up together. But as new adventures unfold, the book suddenly stops with a cliffhanger. Which wasn't my favorite part, but I will definitely read the second book of the series. I can't wait to see what happens next. I would recommend this book to those that love historical books, romance, and for those that love traveling as well.
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dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren gave a glimpse into the life of the super rich at the beginning of the twentieth century. The year is 1913 and Cora has returned home from Normal School for the summer. Her dad has a stroke and recovers quite well. Then he has another stroke and this time he is completely incapacitated. Cora is working herself into a state exhaustion to keep the small farm going in spite of the drought that is plaguing the entire area. Cora is in the barn working when a fine carriage appears at the door of the farmhouse and two very well dressed men alight from the carriage. One man, a doctor, goes inside to examine Cora’s father. The other man, Wallace Kensington, the copper king of Montana, is talking to Cora’s mother and when Cora walks up her mother introduces him and then he drops a bombshell. He is Cora’s birth father. She does not believe him but then her mother convinces her that what he says is true. He is there to offer her the deal of a lifetime. She is to take the Grand Tour of Europe with his other three children and three of their friends and in return he will send her father to the best hospital in Minnesota, pay her mother three times the worth of the farm, and pay for the rest of her education at the Normal School. Cora argues that she can keep the farm going but after talking more with her mother she accepts Kensington’s offer in spite of her doubts. During the Grand Tour not only will Cora get to know her brother and two sisters, but she will come to learn a lot about herself. The author did an excellent job developing the characters and they definitely came alive on the pages of the book. There were lots of twists and turns in the plot and many times one was left wondering what was going to happen next. There were also several times when I was sitting on the edge of my chair wondering if Cora or someone else was going to get out of the trouble they were in. There was even one incident when death seemed likely for one of the travelers. The dialogue in the novel was very enjoyable and whether it was Cora talking with Will, the two youngest girls talking and giggling, or any other individual speaking, the dialogue was great. When the Bear, leader of the group, was lecturing about the museums, art works, buildings, cities, and other items I could almost see what the group was seeing and felt as if I were right there with the group. The author obviously did a great deal of research for this novel and it shows throughout the entire book. I highly recommend this book to all who like to read historical novels about the lives and loves of the super rich in the early twentieth century. I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and was terribly disapointed because it was boring! Then i borrowed the book from the library and couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story. Didn't know the story would not end with this book. I want to know what will happen next.
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semosier More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, inspiring book about self discovery. I highly recommend!
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