Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Series: The Grand Tour series
Number in series: 1st (and I can’t wait for the 2nd, Grave Consequences!)
My rating on a 1-10 scale: 9 (actually 9.25)
Number of pages: 402
Time period: Early 1900’s
About the book: 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.
My overall opinion: This was an amazing book. While I still think that the River of Time series contained the best books by Lisa Bergren, I cannot wait to read more from this series! But I have to wait until next spring…so sad about that. ANYWAY. This is the story a young lady named Cora who lives in border-line poverty on a failing farm in Montana with her parents. A life-changing discovery results in her travelling on a Grand Tour with siblings she never knew she had. The Grand Tour is something that was done by the children of millionaires in the early 1900’s – it involved touring Europe. Glamorous Illusions is exciting and breath-taking, full of suspense and adventure and some growing up (yes, that’s interesting too). There’s even some romance. The end of the book leaves you hanging…but not so much that I don’t recommend reading it. Definitely worth your time! This book is going to the top of my “need-to-own” list! Very highly recommended.
A word about what I’ve read by Lisa T. Bergren…I started out by reading the River of Time series: Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent. My favorite was Torrent. That series remains my favorite of anything I’ve read by Lisa. It’s time travel from now back to Italy in the 1500’s – riveting. Super exciting, really amazing. :) Then I read the Homeward Trilogy, Breathe, Sing, and Claim. They were set in Colorado, and were also wonderful. Again, my favorite was the third book, Claim. If you’re looking for a new author to enjoy (as I always am), I highly recommend Lisa T. Bergren. She’s amazing. Her books are amazing. It’s awesome.
P.S. Check out my Cover Focus for Glamorous Illusions!