Book Review: Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Glamorous Illusions (Grand Tour #1) by Lisa T. Bergren
(Started: May 15, 2013; Finished: May 30, 2013)

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. 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. (From Netgalley)
Review: 4 stars
Source: David C. Cook Publishing through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
Available on: Amazon, David C. Cook Publishing
Here is another historical romance that I enjoyed reading. Lisa T. Bergren was able to capture perfectly that certain period and I was able to relive it through my imagination. The balls, the dances, the gowns and other old social scene I would have love to experience if I would be able to turn back time. It was well researched and showcased the appropriate events or situations, the different social classes, the etiquette and the beliefs that the people have during that era. The author also made an interesting set of different characters and she also did a good job in developing them all through out the book. I think character development is essential to a good book. Cora was an unconventional woman who wants to study and teach eventually after she graduates, and she can also do the dirty work, i.e. farming, like men. This shows the element of women empowerment which I also love seeing in a story. She also gives importance to her family and has a strong faith towards God. There were times wherein her decisions are confusing but she would always think rational and eventually find her way. I actually love Will's work. Being on a tour, traveling from one country to another, how can you not enjoy and refuse such opportunity? It awaken the wanderlust in me. I would definitely add the places they visited on my literary map!

It also has a good plot that I cannot wait to explore by reading the next book. It showed a lot of promise and the conflicts given were both thrilling and exciting. I also have to commend the social issues discussed which did occur in that certain period--the importance of appearance, how people irked to socialize with people from a different social standing (i.e not from the kin of old money family, an illegitimate child), etc.

I recommend this book to historical romance fans and those who would love to have a glimpse of Europe.

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