- Series: Grand Tour Series
- Paperback: 413 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434764303
- ISBN-13: 978-1434764300
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glamorous Illusions: A Novel (Grand Tour Series) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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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!
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. I LOVE a series, because I hate for a story to end. But in every series I've read, there are at least a few resolutions, with just enough loose ends to keep you wanting more. Every string was left dangling in this book, as if the author was worried you wouldn't buy the next book if she even hinted at which direction it might go. Speaking for myself, the plan backfired. I won't buy another book because a) I won't remember or care about the characters in a year, when the next installment is released and b) I'll be scared the second book will end as badly as the first because it's a three-part series.
I would have given this book four stars if not for the ending.
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.*