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Glamorous Illusions

(Grand Tour #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,676 ratings  ·  543 reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by David C Cook
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Ellen Several of the characters are at various levels of living the faith they claim. None are perfect, and some seek the Lord with more of a desire to foll…moreSeveral of the characters are at various levels of living the faith they claim. None are perfect, and some seek the Lord with more of a desire to follow His will than others. The main characters frequently seek the Lord in prayer as they struggle with life's problems.

As far as comparing to the River of Time series, I enjoyed that one more in terms of the romance and historical detail. I think I also just enjoyed the time period better. That's not to say this isn't extremely well written with deep and well-formed characters. I am enjoying this series and intend to read all of LTB's books. Does that help answer your question?(less)

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May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was weary about this one. It's a great storyline, the author is good at spinning those up. However, I had a problem with the authors last books the 'river of time' series. Because the writing was super cheesy and silly sometimes. It's like the skeleton of the plot as a whole is great, but what's inside is mush. This one, sadly, follows those lines half the time.

Glamorous Illusions starts out super polite, the writing is almost over explanatory. Everything is explained, even when it doesn't nee
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is definitely an historical fiction book. Christian based as there are lots of religious quotes in here, so if you are into that, you will enjoy this book a lot.
Personally I thought it was over done.

The storyline was very good. A nice bit of mild romance, but be aware, it’s a love triangle that has its ups and downs.

I slowly worked through my first chapters by audio, as I found it better to listen to it than read it, however by the 30% mark I went back to the book and I must say, I enjoyed
Similar Books: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

If you guys haven't noticed this yet, I'm sort of in love with Lisa T. Bergren's novels. I devoured the River of Time series, and I'm getting into her adult books now. So when this pretty title appeared on NetGalley, I snatched it up. And to no surprise, I wasn't disappointed.

Although this book is technically an adult novel, I think it falls into that new and nebulous category of "new adult," the stories that fol
I LOVED this story, and couldn't put it down. We start off with Cora and her family in 1913 Montana on a little dry farm trying to mill out an existence. Events transpire that lead to a mysteries man arriving on her front door step clamming to be her father. He wishes to get to know her and for her to get to know her siblings. He has arranged for her and her siblings to go on a Grand Tour, ( Okay I want to come too, well I guess I did in a way lol). The tour for this book takes place in England ...more
Carissa (Regency Woman)
I grew up reading Lisa Tawn Bergren's work, lots of her contemporary romances passed through my hands when I was a teenager, but I honestly haven't picked up one of her books in years. This one I just happened to stumble over this last week, one I'd planned to read for awhile, but never got around to. Kindle had a deal, I bought Glamorous Illusions, and then proceeded to read it in about 2 days. I just enjoyed it and myself so much. This book is a transporting and diverting read and I loved losi ...more
Sierra Abrams
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren (#1)
Pages: 416
Release Date: June 1st, 2012
Date Read: 2012, May 8th-13th
Received: ARC via NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 13+

Cora's life may not be grand or full of wealth, but there's one thing she's sure of: who she is. Even when tragedy strikes her father's farm and her education to be a teacher is in jeopardy, Cora works hard to do what needs to be done.
But when her true parentage is revealed, everything falls apart. She is whisked awa
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Bergan's Waterfall series so much that I bought it all and read it to my girls and they all loved it. I picked up her series Breath and just couldn't even finish the first book. I was worried I wouldn't like this one either so I put off reading it and finally picked it up and enjoyed this first book a lot. It pulls you in with a compelling story of Cora and her dying farm and then sweeps you away to England and France and Cora's journey to find herself. This story had good characters and ...more
Love!!! I’m immediately starting book 2! This author always writes such good books!!!
This series has been on my to-read list for a couple years. This is an interesting series about a poor young woman in a small town is suddenly thrust into the aristocratic would when at age 20 the truth of her parentage is revealed and she finds out her biological father is a copper magnate with wealth and power beyond her wildest dreams. Within a matter on days she is on a Grand Tour of Europe with 3 siblings she barely knows, leaving everything familiar behind. The story is intriguing, the loc ...more
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
On the positive side, this book's (main) characters had depth to them and were multidimensional. I especially liked Cora's thoughts during the first few chapters when she is faced with the truth of her past and the unwelcome opportunities it presents to her. For the most part, Cora's emotional struggles seem very realistic. However, as the book wore on, I felt like Cora kept going through the same thought processes- I can't recall how many times she says she's had some great revelation about how ...more
Rachel :)
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Glamorous Illusions is an interesting novel about Cora Diehl, a pain, young farm girl who loves her parents dearly. When she finds out that her real father is Mr. Kensington, a rich copper miner, she is mortified and does not want anything to do with him. But the ailing health of the father who raised her and Mr. Kensington's offer to provide him healthcare pulls Cora into excepting his invitation to the Grand Tour with her three half siblings and their three friends, the Morgans.

This book deta
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016, e-book
I tried so hard to read this book! I tried reading it several times. And then I tried listening to it when I discovered my library had the audio version. But I just could not get into it! I'm so disappointed because I'd heard good things about this series... but I'm giving up now and taking the rest of the series off of my to-read list. :( ...more
Erica (storybookend)
Glamorous Illusions follows the journey of a young woman as she tries to discover who she is, and what she can become. At the beginning, she learns about a secret her parents kept from her her whole life. She feels betrayed by what happened, and that they never told her. Then she is offered a chance to go on the Grand Tour of Europe with her new found siblings, who may just hate her for who she is. She goes a little grudgingly, wary of the man who she knows now as her blood father. But she finds ...more
This book has me torn in two.

What I loved about it was the characters and the added historical detail.

Cora, was not only an unusual name, but also an unusual heroine. She wasn't a county bumpkin, and she wasn't spoiled. So, she was a wonderful relief! I can't say I liked her all the time, but for most of the book I did.

William, (our love interest and supposed hero), one of the tour guides, had some problems. Most of which where with himself and his lot in life. He was on the bitter side of thi
Margaret Chind
Lisa Tawn Bergren is one of those authors that writes across several genres and she is good at it as well. I initially discovered her writing in Christian Historical Fiction and while I love her Non Fiction and Children's Books, her Christian Historical Fiction enters my dreams at night. Glamorous Illusions is the first in her new Grand Tour Series and it is one to make you think. Starting on the fields of Montana and coming to a close in a mansion of Paris with a promise of more to come in the ...more
This book is way Glamorous. And Gorgeous. And Incredible.

I was SO excited to get an ARC of this book through Netgalley! I loved it! I LOVE Lisa's Waterfall trilogy and so once I heard the news about this I couldn't wait to get on it. Oh the cover, the premise, the book! Eeep! I totally think Lisa has created yet another master-piece. I was just FABULOUS. But she left me hanging at quite an interesting point in the story. I must get the next book!

Let me get over this euphoria and I shall post a
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Christian historical romance. It wasn't preachy, but there is religion. Also, there is a love triangle, but I already know who she picks, even though it isn't in this book. It lessened the excitement of the romance. This one ends with a bit of violence and an unresolved mystery. The rest of the story wasn't like that. I liked the trip through England and France but not the way it came about. ...more
Amanda Lasen
Review originally posted on The Book Babe. Click to go the original post.

First of all, before going into my review let's take a moment to talk about the cover. Look at that girl's face. She looks like she stepped on a rodent or a Parisian flasher just showed her the goods. I think what's supposed to be a look of wariness turned into a look of disgust lol. Oh well, it's still pretty when viewed from afar. But, I don't imagine Cora having such a snobby face, this actually looks more like Vivian to
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Lisa Bergren fan. It's probably no surprise, then, that I absolutely LOVED this book! There was no time during reading this that I wanted to put it down. The whole idea of being a rich, copper king's illegitimate daughter without knowing it your whole life, that is SUCH an intriguing premise. And, Ms. Bergren, did NOT disappoint with the execution. I loved the characters in this book! Loved them! I think even the more "flawed" characters are redeeming, as the story goes on.

I really
I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time and was really excited to see it available on NetGalley. I just have to say, I love the cover. It’s just so pretty and inviting.

Anyway, I thought this was enjoyable. I admit, I think the last 30% was probably the best part of the whole story. The story almost has a Cinderella feel to it. Cora’s life is turned upside down early in the story. She goes from living a poor life with her parents, to that of an heiress with an unwelcoming family sh
Amanda Casper
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly glamorous... and like nothing I have read before. I enjoyed the ride it took me on. All the talk about travel and such was so exciting. And makes me wish I could have a Grand Tour of my own. I really liked the switch up of main characters in the chapters (for instance from William to Cora) I felt so connected to the main character Cora. When she was sad, happy, hurt or whatever emotion she was feeling, I felt it right along with her. I so enjoyed this pauper to princess kind ...more
I eagerly went into this book thinking I would love it as much as the River of Time series, but unfortunately, it didn't really meet my expectations. I'm not really sure why I'm not fangirling over this novel, but I think it has to do with the pacing of the book and the romance. After all, the real action didn't really begin until the last few chapters, so the majority of this novel was just exposition.

But the biggest problem was the romance, hands down. I mean the writing is good. The characte
Maureen Timerman
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Love this about rags to riches! Cora Deihl comes home from Normal School to find her Dad collapsed from a stroke. She ends up doing all the chores on the farm...including carrying water to water the wheat. Which in the end dying, after all the hard work, there is no return and they are going to loose the farm.
Enter a complete stranger and her world is turned upside. She is no longer the poor farm girl...she is now a member of the Ultra Rich!!!
So begins her new journey of meeting unk
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again Lisa Tawn Bergren has introduced a new series that will keep us waiting til the next book appears. Based upon the early 1900's idea, of the European Grand Tour for young adults, we are introduced to two connected families of young people who are thrown for a loop when Cora Diehl becomes part of their entourage as the illegitimate daughter of one of the families. This adventure turns into a journey of discovery for all seven of the young people as well as one of their tour guides. I lo ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated how Cora had to learn who she was meant to be . . . not as defined by the humble circumstances in which she grew up, nor by the prosperity she finds herself in when her birth father claims her . . . but by what her Heavenly Father wants for her. I was intrigued by the relationships that developed between Cora and her half-siblings, and their friends, as well as with the guides and others. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next on the Grand ...more
Tracy Smith
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Would have given this 3 stars because overall I liked the characters and wanted to know what happened to them enough to read the second in the series, but the worst part was the audio book narrator. If you have no idea how to pronounce foreign words and phrases, you should not narrate a book about the Grand Tour of Europe! Also, the characters did tend to go back over the same issues multiple times and prolong the story unnecessarily.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I believe this is a book I should have read and not listened to. The audio was not good. It could have been my device, (at least I hope it was), otherwise their were some issues with the production. I did not enjoy the narrator's voice and her mispronunciations drove me insane. The story itself, is probably typical for the genre, that said, for my taste, the characters were a bit "preachy" and I thought Cora was a bit of a whiner (oh and I'm sure the Duke of Richelieu was a perfect gentleman and ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Lisa Bergren is a new to me author but I’ll certainly be looking into reading more from her.
Although I don’t normally choose to read books from years ago I gotta say I really enjoyed this story. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Damaris Bredin
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise as a well-written book with the unique setting of a Grand Tour and the premise of a guide-in-training and a new-heir to the Kensington fortune for the two main characters. Bergren is a talented author and I will be reading the second book in this series right away!
Andrea Boyd
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The details is amazing, the writing good, but the ending was abrupt. This didn't seem like the kind of book that would merit a cliffhanger. ...more
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books, with more than 4.5 million copies sold. She recently released The Sugar Baron's Daughters Series (KETURAH, VERITY and SELAH), and recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE &

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