Glamorous Illusions (The Grand Tour Series Book #1)

Glamorous Illusions (The Grand Tour Series Book #1)

by Lisa T. Bergren

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493420704
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Series: Grand Tour Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 381,429
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

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. Learn more at
Lisa T. Bergren ( has published more than fifty books with combined sales exceeding three million copies. She's the author of the Christy Award winner Waterfall, RITA finalist Firestorm, bestselling God Gave Us You, and several historical series such as Homeward and Grand Tour. She's also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. Lisa lives in Colorado with her husband and three teen-and-older children.

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Glamorous Illusions 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
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.
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren (#1)Pages: 416Release Date: June 1st, 2012Date Read: 2012, May 8th-13thReceived: ARC via NetGalleyRating: 4/5 starsRecommended to: 13+SUMMARY -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 away into a fantasy world where she is not yet accepted. Her new siblings, her new cousins, the long trip - the Grand Tour - she is to take with them... It seems everything has fallen apart. Her growing friendship - and possibly something more - with the tour guide's nephew, Will, and her desire to discover who she keeps Cora busy...and who are the people who might be following them? In the end, it might come down to Cora to put her bravery to the test.MY THOUGHTS -Lisa Bergren recently became one of my favorite authors when I read Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent. I'm madly in love with those books, lemme tell you. And apparently there are more books that are coming out to ease my desire for more.But for now, I am happy happy happy with Glamorous Illusions. OMG. I seriously adore this book! Maybe not as much as the River of Time, but by golly it was a riot! I love Cora's character, for one. She's a strong-willed, clear-headed girl who loves God and wants to do what's right. I loved her journey of faith and how even though she wasn't quite sure who she was, she always knew she was a child of God. She's such a feisty girl, too! She made me laugh more than once.And, erm...I have a weakness for boys/men named Will. First, it's the little boy I've babysat for nearly 7 years, ever since he was 1 year old. He loves me, I love him... He tells me stories and we play video games together...and he tells me that if I don't let him climb that tree he'll never love me again and I tell him to get down from that tree or else and he climbs right on down and gives me the biggest hug ever. Other than that Will, there's my magical love for Will Turner...I'm a Pirates junkie. So yeah. I have good associations with the name Will. And this Will - he is NO exception. He's amaaaazing!! I seriously adore him so so so much. His growing love for Cora (even though he's certain they can never be together) is soooo sweet and adorable and innocent...and still passionate at the same time.Come on now, don't tell me you don't want to read this book. Not only do you have awesome characters such as Cora and Will, but you also have fancy dresses, romantic boat rides (more than one!), castles and masked balls, a (possibly) dangerous game in a large maze, and more! Seriously, though, the first boat ride and the maze scene were my favorite scenes in the book! Ca-ra-zy! CRAZY!My only drawback - the end seemed a liiiittle bit fast. Rushed, kind of. Not terrible, and totally fascinating and lovable, but just, given the length of the book, a little too quick for my liking. Oh, and the alternating POV's were a bit disappointing. I wanted it to be all from Cora's perspective, but there was some from Will's and some from Cora's real father. Not bad, just me wishing it was all Cora!All in all, this was a great book with an awesome story and a promise for more and greater adventures! And we have yet to get to Italy, where Lisa works her magic! Eeeep! So excited!This book reminds me of...Downton Abbey (the time period and the dresses - the story was completely original)The trip to France I'm someday going to takeTraveling to exotic placesEvil stepsistersRoguish gentlemen (oxymoron, I know)Castles I want to seeAdorable, slow-moving romances (that I wish would move faster!!!)For the Parents -A bit of adventure, a few flirtatious characters, but nothing improper! Great for ages 13+
l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cora has been living a fairly good life. She's been given the chance to get off her parents' farm and go to teaching college. When her dad suffers a stroke, Cora realizes going back to finish her teaching certificate may not be possible. All her time and money is going in to keeping the farm afloat. Her dad needs more help than anyone in town can give him though. All this leads to the biggest surprise of Cora's life. The only father she has ever know has turned out to not be her biological father. In truth, Cora is the daughter of a huge mining baron. Her biological father comes to offer Cora's family the care her father needs, but he also wants to take Cora under his wing and declare her his daughter. When he won't accept no for an answer, Cora finds herself embarking on the experience of a lifetime- the Grand Tour of Europe. Cora will see and do things she never imagined, all while trying to determine what her future truly holds.This book was a joy to read on many levels. First, the whole idea of the Grand Tour enthralls me. How cool would it be to be able to just travel around Europe, seeing amazing sights and meeting amazing people? Of course, only the very wealthy could go, so I would have been out. It's a brilliant concept though. Having Cora be an illegitimate daughter allows the reader to relate to her more. Cora has a very hard time adjusting to her new situation in life, and she definitely does not get easy acceptance into these new social services. She can't help but be amazed and excited at her circumstances though. Who can blame her? I found it very interesting to watch Cora struggle with her duel identities. Her past and her future were so vastly different, so it was fun to see her deciding to forge her own path.Of course, no grand novel would be complete without some romance. In this case, there are two potential beaus competing for Cora. One seems to represent her past, while the other is clearly a part of this new reality. While it was interesting to watch things play out, I know which one I preferred. I was frustrated (in a good way) by the ending. I was dying for more, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series! The ending wraps up well, but there are some loose ends that definitely left me hanging. This book will be appealing to a lot of people. The travel, history, and romance aspects are very enjoyable. I even found the fashion to be enthralling. I seriously enjoyed this book, and I will be looking out for the next in the series. I highly recommend this book.Book provided for review.
alekee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 unknown relatives, and being waited on! She begins a "Grand Tour"...never in her wildest dreams could she have imagined this. Such sites and splendor, and unbelievable food and lush surroundings.There is also some romance thrown in...but with whom. I feel like I've been left on a cliff hanger, and thank goodness there are some more answers to come.This is such an enjoyable read...loved the descriptions and be prepared for possible kidnappings, and murder. Don't miss this one!I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Tours and the Publisher David C Cook, and was not required to give a positive review.
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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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