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Glamorous Illusions: A Novel (Grand Tour Series) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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This book was ok. I didn't really relate to any of the characters. The descriptions of the scenery were my favorite part. I hated the ending because it did not end. I understand that this was the first book in a series, but it could have been tied up a little better than just leaving you hanging. I liked it enough to read the rest of the series and because I am curious to see what happens.
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.*
The year is 1913 and Cora Diehl returns home for the summer after being away at Normal School where she is studying teaching. Shortly after arriving home, she discovers that she is the illegitimate child of a copper king, Wallace Kensington. Her biological father insists that she join her half-siblings during their Grand Tour of Europe. Cora reluctantly agrees since it will help save her parents and their farm but she sees little joy in learning about a side of the family that she has never met. William McCabe, an apprentice tour guide for the Kensington family, meets Cora and is immediately drawn to her. The two strike up a friendship, one that Cora is thankful for since she is amongst those who have little regard for her. Throughout the summer, Cora discovers the person she is and the person that she is meant to be...
First of all, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. It's one of the reasons I was drawn to the book in the beginning. Sadly, after finishing it, I wasn't as impressed with the story. The book is fast-paced and I did enjoy it for all its historical detail but I felt like the plot went nowhere. Cora was always worried about trying to fit in with her half siblings. And then when she realized she was becoming too self-absorbed into the high society lifestyle, she always felt like she was betraying the parents that raised her. It felt as though Cora was playing tug-of-war internally with herself in deciding her identity. The highlight of the book isn't until the last few chapters when a crime occurs and then the book just ends...there is no conclusive ending. I know that there is a sequel to come but I still like books in a series to have somewhat of a satisfying ending. There wasn't even a cliffhanger to make you want to read the next book in the series. I will still pick up the next in the series because I would like to see how Cora's character grows and to see if the plot does take off.
Overall, I enjoyed it but it was an okay read. If you like historical fiction, I'm sure you will enjoy this. I'd give this book 3.5 stars if Amazon did half star ratings.
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!