Saturday, June 16, 2012

Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren - REVIEWED

About the Book:(from David C Cook Publishing)

The first book in the Grand Tour series, Glamorous Illusions will take readers on a pilgrimage through Europe-and straight into the soul.

It’s the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. After burying the only father she’s ever known, she lost her beau in a tragic accident. Then a stranger comes to call. In one fateful afternoon, Cora discovers that her birth father is a copper king-a man who invites her to tour Europe with her new family. As she travels from England to France, Cora faces the hardships as well as the privileges of assuming the family name. And though now she knows more of her true identity, she soon discovers the journey is only beginning.

My Thoughts:

With God’s help, I could conquer the seas ahead.  Whatever storms I encountered on the path before me.  I was not alone.  My God traveled with me.  What I’d learned from Mama and Papa with me still.  God makes me strong, I thought, capable.”  (p152)

I never cease to be amazed at the unexpected ways that God weaves His truth into works of fiction. He is truly the author of all of our stories, isn’t He?  Lea T. Bergren has always told a terrific tale, and Glamorous Illusions is no exception! As a matter of fact, she really surprised me with this story’s ending! I never saw that coming!  And what a way to illustrate the truth that Cora discovers by the time you reach the final page! Brilliant!

Cora Kensington…or is that her name?  Who is she? Where does she belong?  Truly, this young lady is ripped from one life and virtually painted into another.  The circumstances are completely beyond her control, and at times, everything seems very surreal.  God is faithful to place people into her path that help illuminate the way, and the journey becomes one of discovery in every sense of the word.  Cora grows emotionally and spiritually to the point that the confidence that develops in her heart is evident in her physical countenance.

Isn’t that just like God?  He breathes life into our very souls and brings such peace that everyone around us wonders what change has overcome us. Cora doesn’t turn away from these changes.  She finds the courage to embrace all of them without sacrificing the gifts that God has given her.  May I grow in grace as Cora did in this story!  Excellent in every way! Don’t miss this novel!

About the Author:
  Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over thirty books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and business consultant and parenting her three young children with husband Tim. She lives in Colorado Springs.

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