Glamorous Illusions, Grand Tour Series #1   -     By: Lisa Bergren
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Glamorous Illusions, Grand Tour Series #1

David C. Cook / 2011 / Paperback

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It's the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. The crops are failing and worse, so is her father's health. Then a stranger comes to call and in one fateful afternoon, Cora discovers that her birth father is a copper king-a man who invites her to tour Europe with her new family. As she travels across America, then on to England and France, Cora faces the hardships as well as the privileges of assuming the family name. And though now she knows more of her true identity, she soon discovers the journey is only beginning.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.00 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434764303
ISBN-13: 9781434764300
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Series: Grand Tour

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When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.

Author Bio

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.

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Bergren, award-winning author of nearly 40 books with two million–plus sold, launches readers into a sumptuous world of wealth and world travel with the first in the Grand Tour Series featuring Cora Diehl Kensington. Cora learns she is the illegitimate daughter of Montana copper baron Wallace Kensington, which sets her on a journey of discovery and healing when she joins her half siblings and their wealthy friends on a Grand Tour of Europe. Will McCabe, their guide, worries over the precarious family dynamics and his own developing feelings for Cora, who must face her own demons when her siblings sabotage her every move. The family must come together, however, when danger threatens all of them. Readers will come to love Cora as she struggles over her feelings for Will and the dashing Frenchman Pierre de Richelieu, and they’ll delight in the scenes of England and France in pre-WWI Europe. This is a worthy beginning to the series. (June) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 11, 2014
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Glamorous Illusions: A Novel - eBook.
    This was a great story showing the contrast between Cora's down to earth life on the farm and the tour of Europe among high society. Lots of romance and adventure but more importantly the focus of seeking the Lord's will in all of life.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Glamorous Illusions: A Novel - eBook.
    Cora Kensington is perfectly happy with her life. On a bankrupt farm in 1913 Montana, her mama and papa are struggling to eek out a life while Cora is away at college. Returning home for the summer, Cara has big dreams for her future. But she finds that her parents are barely making ends meet and have heavily borrowed so she can go to school. When a family member suddenly falls ill she has no choice, but to work sunup to sundown to keep the farm alive. Cora has no choice but to give up her dreams to be a teacher to take care of her family.

    But in the story strongly reminiscent of Cinderella, a stranger arrives at their door with the news that Cora is not who she think she is. Pulled away into the fascinating world that is made of unfathomable riches, half siblings, and a father she didn't know she had, Cora faces the biggest challenge of her life. Who is she? Who is she meant to become? But more importantly - why?

    Following Cora and her family as they are on a Grand Tour is exciting, and pumped my veins with adventure. I am such a homebody, but this novel inspired me to see the world for myself. Reading of Cora's struggle to fit in, to try to make the best of her circumstances is beyond commendable. She may be a fictional character, but Bergren has crafted a woman that will long remain in my memory. Truly a book that must be shared with the world.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 9, 2013
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What is an illusion? An illusion is defined as something that deceives by giving a false impression of what really is. This story begins in the wilds of Montana, but then shifts to the wealthy European stage. The year is 1913, and the two main characters of this story are Will McCabe and Cora Diehl Kensington. As the story progresses, Cora and Will learn what it is to be real and what is only as they think it to be.

    Cora has been raised on a farm, doing chores from sun up to sun down. She returns for summer vacation from college where she is studying to become a teacher. She has finished two years and has two more years to go to complete her degree. Upon arriving home, Cora discovers her father lying in a barn unconscious. After being seen by the doctor, not much hope is given to Cora and her mother. Cora soon learns that her father's health will never be what it once was, her parents have no money and Cora's likelihood of returning to college in the fall is very improbable, if not impossible. Then, a stranger arrives at their house and Cora is soon told a secret she could never, ever have guessed. This stranger offers Cora and her parents a future they never would have dared dream about.

    Cora is soon thrust into the midst of two wealthy families, the Kensingtons and the Morgans. Each family has children on the brink of adulthood who are going on a Grand Tour of Europe to learn about art, history and different people and cultures before returning home. Cora continually struggles to become part of the group. Her only friend is Will McCabe, a tour guide in training. Will has two years of college under his belt, but due to financial reasons had to leave college a few years ago. He hopes to earn enough money this summer to return to college in the fall. He wants to be an architect, but his uncle wants him to take over the tour business full-time as his career. Will identifies with Cora's struggles to become a part of a new group. He encourages her, befriends her, protects her, and begins to fall in love with her. There can be nothing between them as Cora is now part of society's elite and he is just a tour guide. As Cora tries to come to terms with whom she really is, will she remember Who she really belongs to? The One who will never abandon her, never let her walk alone?

    This story is rich in historical detail, which is one reason I so enjoy reading historical fiction. I learn new things, but I can also use my imagination and get lost in a good fictional story. I will soon be reviewing the second book in the series, Grave Consequences, as well as the third book in the series, Glittering Promises. Both of these books continue to follow Cora's Grand Tour of Europe as well as her ever-changing lifestyle and knowledge of herself. As I was reading, I was reminded that we have choices placed before us often, but do we consult the One who can always advise us best before making our decisions?
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 9, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cora Kensington is perfectly happy with her life. On a bankrupt farm in 1913 Montana, her mama and papa are struggling to eek out a life while Cora is away at college. Returning home for the summer, Cara has big dreams for her future. But she finds that her parents are barely making ends meet and have heavily borrowed so she can go to school. When a family member suddenly falls ill she has no choice, but to work sunup to sundown to keep the farm alive. Cora has no choice but to give up her dreams to be a teacher to take care of her family.

    But in the story strongly reminiscent of Cinderella, a stranger arrives at their door with the news that Cora is not who she think she is. Pulled away into the fascinating world that is made of unfathomable riches, half siblings, and a father she didn't know she had, Cora faces the biggest challenge of her life. Who is she? Who is she meant to become? But more importantly - why?

    Following Cora and her family as they are on a Grand Tour is exciting, and pumped my veins with adventure. I am such a homebody, but this novel inspired me to see the world for myself. Reading of Cora's struggle to fit in, to try to make the best of her circumstances is beyond commendable. She may be a fictional character, but Bergren has crafted a woman that will long remain in my memory. Truly a book that must be shared with the world.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story
    May 21, 2013
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
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