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“A grand start to a new series from a seasoned author who writes from the heart.”
-Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times best-selling author of Mine Is the Night

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Grand Tour Series
  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613751788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613751787
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa T. Bergren is Tim's wife, Olivia, Emma and Jack's mom, and an explorer of people, places and stories in many genres. She's written over 40 books and sold over 2.5 million of them, with the help of some good publishing people and readers like you. You can find more about her at www.LisaTawnBergren.com.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By DLBishop on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 It's clear that Lisa Bergren has done her research because this story is jam-packed with lots of little historical references and nuances that make it substantial.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!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on August 13, 2012
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Lisa Bergren is the author of one of my favorite YA series (The River of Time Series), so I was really excited to read this first book in her new adult series, The Grand Tour.

Glamorous Illusions was a great and unique story! I loved the characters - especially Will and Cora - and found myself engrossed in the story and what was going to happen! When I reached that final page, I was like "Nooooo! This can't be the end!" So, it definitely leaves you hanging and anticipating the next book, Grave Consequences, very much!

I loved all of the different locations in Glamorous Illusions, including Montana and Paris, and how the story switched POV's from Cora, Will, and Wallace (I think those were the only three).

Overall, I loved Glamorous Illusions and recommend it! Especially if you enjoy historical novels, but (if you are like me) be prepared to be left wanting to read Grave Consequences as soon as you finish this book, only it doesn't release until March 2013!

*I received a copy of this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Book Sake VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MamysMark on July 31, 2012
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Yes, the title of this review is unfinished, on purpose. More on that in a second.

I sat down hoping to read a well written, light Christian romance and escape into another world for a while. The author delivers. While slightly shallow, the book was nicely done and good enough to keep me steadily reading. The author changes POV's quite often, which did cause a little distraction, especially when the main character was the only one to speak in first person when it switched to her. It's a cinderella story, with our beautiful heroine being swept away from her rough life on the farm into a lavish life of the rich and famous. She immediately embarks on a 'grand tour' of Europe, and spends the rest of the book trying not to lose herself or sight of her faith in the ensuing storm.

There is some nice romantic tension, a well-done self discovery plot, and quite a bit of interesting facts about famous historical sites. I did find myself scanning over a few descriptions because they became rather tedious, which should not be the case when describing'The Louvre', but overall, it was entertaining. As I got nearer to the end, the character development really started to shine, and I found myself fully invested in the characters and unable to stop reading. I couldn't flip through my kindle fast enough, especially when the author threw in some danger and action.

Then, right as the book hits it's climax, BAM! Nothing. No kidding. There is no ending. If I would have been holding a physical book, I would have thought it was a joke and that someone had ripped out the last pages. I haven't felt my time was so wasted since watching the end of 'Lost'.

I'm aware this is going to be a series, but I won't be picking up the other books.
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