The Grand Tour Series details the life of Cora Diehl Kensington, a woman of the Montana plains, swept up into a life of riches and privilege. Belatedly finding out a terrible secret about her parentage, Cora struggles to find out who she really is as a child of God in the midst of an enlightening, as well as dangerous, trip across Europe.
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.
Glamorous Illusions is an illustrious point of departure for a series that promises to keep readers waiting with bated breath to discover the destiny of this beloved heroine. Cora is an intriguingly complex character whose internal strife and identity crisis is played out on an international stage before the very people from whom she wishes to hide herself. She must learn the intricate steps of social decorum while navigating through a minefield of aristocratic liaisons and alliances and frayed family ties. Bergren defies the “rags to riches” template by keeping the focus-even amidst the opulence of European travel-on Cora’s internal conflict and spiritual growth. The drama does not abate at throughout the story and ends with a nail-biting cliff hanger that will leave you craving more. Lisa Bergren has proved once again that she is a historical writing connoisseur to be reckoned with.
**review copy provided by Litfuse PR**