Thursday, June 07, 2012

Glamorous Illusions: Book Review & Free Ebook

About the Book:

It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father's health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her. 

Cora is invited to take the "Grand Tour" of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person's education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she's never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning. 

Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal. 

My Review:

Glamorous Illusions was one grand book to read. We have a simple farm girl, Cora, who is used to a life of simplicity experiencing the change of her life. From one day to another she finds out she is the daughter of copper king, Wallace Kensington. Everything  she knew, all that she is, was all a lie. With this new realization, Cora has the entire world at her reach, if she would only embrace her new prestigious name. As she embarks on the Grand Tour that will take her throughout Europe she is faced with sneers from her new siblings, humiliation from others, friendship in the young tour guide, Will, adventure, romance, and even a spiritual tour on her true identity. 

It was adventurous to travel with Cora on this Grand Tour, that only few upper class people could make. We traveled through Europe and France, visiting museums, dancing in fancy balls, climbing the Eiffel Tower and learning many new things. I did say we, Lisa wrote with such vivid descriptions that it felt like you were on the tour yourself. I could easily picture the busy streets, the voluptuous dresses, the juicy tender steaks and so on. On this tour there is much to do and much to see, without the authors meticulous descriptions the book would have been very dull.

Though the book focuses on the physical journey and tour that Cora makes around Europe, the book went deeper into the spiritual tour she made. Cora has always been a level headed girl, with a humble back round and firm conviction of who she is. Now that her world has been flipped over she is not sure what to believe anymore. We travel with Cora as she begins to let vanity get to her, we see how the Lord humbles her, her emotional journey of whose she is and most importantly who she is in Jesus Christ.

Lisa's rich historical and physical descriptions made this book a very worthwhile and great read. Her continuous action scenes, a ship during a storm, a horse race gone wrong, a punch to the wrong man, flipping over the Eiffel tower, and even a hostage scene a few just to speak of, made this book a definite page turner. As always my favorite part of the book was the deep relationship Cora had with Jesus Christ, what a refreshing aspect to the already great read.

I give Glamorous Illusions a 5 out of 5 for being a simply glamorous read!


I received this book for free, from Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for this honest review.

About the Author:

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:

What is our "true" identity? Join the conversation at Lisa Tawn Begren's Glamorous Illusions Author Chat Facebook Event Page. 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 Giveaway!

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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