Glamorous Illusions


Title of Book: Glamorous Illusions

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

ISBN 978-1-4347-6430-0

Publisher:  David C. Cook

Publication Date: 2012

Reviewer: Dell Smith Klein



It’s the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn.  Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well.


One fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past…a secret that will radically change her future.


Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tout” of Europe, a trip intended to finish a person’s education and solidify an understanding of refinement and ancient culture.  As she travels from England to France with kin she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of a family name, as well as the curses.  But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes there are far greater challenges ahead….



Lisa T. Bergren is described as an “award-winning author.”  She has over 35 books under her belt.  Now she calls herself a mom, a dreamer, risk taker and learner. She and her husband Tim live in Colorado Springs.  You can find more about her at




Lisa T. Bergren, author of Glamorous Illusions brought us a very nice novel to read on a summer day as we while away our hours.  This reviewer enjoyed taking the Grand Tour of Europe and with every page wondered how girls ever manage to find a man she could trust when many acted as caretakers, while others were predatory.  The book made me glad to live in this century.


My one negative statement has to do with intake of alcohol.  I recognize that she was writing of Europe where drinking is much more accepted, but if I’m going to give a faith-based book to my children or my mom, I want my main characters to oppose drinking, not accept it.


Lisa’s writing is beautiful.   She’s able to get right into that century and carry the reader along with phrases like, “The younger girls were all atwitter….”  “I rose and stepped into my corset….”  What?   Young Cora was given instructions on behavior for the dance: “Keep to the center of the crowd.” “Politely answer every question but do not seek others out. Allow them to come to you.”    Interesting to see how the rich of the early 1900s lived.  Glamorous Illusions is a nice book.  I enjoyed reading it.  Thank you David C. Cook and thank you, Lisa T. Bergren.



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