Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, and her life changes forever.
This book surprised me in many ways. I went into it thinking that Cora would be a spoiled, rich girl setting out on her Grand Tour with misconceptions–and that those misconceptions would be dashed.
Wrong. Cora is a small-town girl (woot!) who has dreams and plans and disappointments. In other words, she is the very opposite of spoiled and rich at the beginning of Glamorous Illusions.
But things get glamorous very, very quickly. She’s plunged into a new life she must reconcile with her former one (and is it truly former or is this a mere interruption to an otherwise placid existence?). She must reconcile a new family and a new identity with what she has always known. It’s a fascinating scenario–I was utterly pulled in.
Cora struggles with her identity, but she is an endearing character with a strong personality. And she knows what she wants (most of the time). In one scene, she comes across as a little bit of a flirt, which made me lose a slight bit of respect for her, but all is resolved quickly, and even Cora recognizes that her behavior was less than glamorous. She’s human. I kind of like her more for that, in the end.
After reading (and loving) Lisa’s YA River of Time series, it was fun to read some Historical Fiction from her. And Cora’s POV is written in first-person, too, which made me quite happy!
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. 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, Emma, and Jack. The Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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