Thursday, June 14, 2012

Book Review - Glamorous Illusions

The first book in the Grand Tour series, Glamorous Illusions will take readers on a pilgrimage through Europe-and straight into the soul.

It's the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. After burying the only father she's ever known, she lost her beau in a tragic accident. Then a stranger comes to call. 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 from England to 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.


 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:


This book was so good. It was like transporting to a different time and getting lost. The main character of the book, Cora, is thrown into a world that is so different from the one she has grown up with. However, it's the way her parent's raised her, with integrity and love for God, that will serve her well in this new adventure. That's one of the things I really liked in the book - how her faith is interwoven throughout the story in a real way.

The story starts in Montana, but we are taken with Cora on a ship to England and France. The descriptions of the places they see are just beautiful and so are the clothes. You can just picture all the gorgeous clothes they are all wearing.

I loved the interaction between Cora and her new found family. The dynamics between her and her older sister create some pretty intense scenes. Then there are the men who come into her life. Will is the bear (along with his uncle) that takes their group on their grand tour of Europe. He's a good man who has strong feelings for Cora, but their different ways of life, keep him from telling her how he feels. In France, Cora meets Pierre who is also a very attentive man and protects her from some dangerous situations. Cora is smitten with him but also cautious.

I loved everything about this story. It was such a great book to curl up. I can't wait for the next book in this series to see what happens next! I highly recommend this book.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity

What is our "true" identity? Join the conversation at Lisa Tawn Begren's
Author Chat Facebook Event
. On the evening of 6/27 we'll gather to talk about our spiritual journey,
share our stories and a few laughs.

In the meantime, celebrate with Lisa by entering her Glamorous Illusions

One "glamorous" winner will receive a "Glam Prize Pack":

  • A $350 Visa Cash Card (Oh ... think of what you could do: treat yourself
    to a mani/pedi, a fabulous new dress, dinner for two, or even a two-night escape in a
    lovely hotel - you're only limited by your imagination!)
  • Glamorous Illusions (by Lisa Tawn Begren)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends
6/26/12. Winner will be announced at Lisa's
"Glamorous Illusions" Facebook Party on  6/27
 {Fun begins at 5pm
PDT / 8pm EDT}
. Lisa will be hosting an evening of meaningful chat, fun trivia,
laughter, and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some
GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the
book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Lisa via video or phone.)

So grab a few of your friends and your copy of Glamorous Illusions and join Lisa
on the evening of June 27th for an evening of fun.

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see you on the 27th!

God bless you - Julie

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