Thursday, June 14, 2012

This Book Room: Glamorous Illusions

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.

Additional notes: As the summary states, this is the first book in the Grand Tour series. This series is ongoing.

My thoughts: I had never heard of the Grand Tour before, but what an interesting way to learn about other cultures! It reminds me of foreign exchange students in high school or studying abroad while at university... only with a lot less formal learning and a lot more partying {hmm, on second thought, maybe it is just like high school and university!}.

The characters are fascinating. I really empathize with Cora. Family dynamics can be tough, and she's stepping into a world she knows nothing about. Her siblings don't take to her well, but she proves she's more than capable of taking care of herself despite their approval.

Cora's journey with her faith was encouraging and interesting. While her earthly father seemed to be pompous, he actually helped lead her into a deeper relationship with her heavenly Father.

Adventures are peppered throughout the book, and of course, there's a little bit of flirting, too. This book was incredibly well balanced in its different plot points. I will definitely be reading the next books in this series... just as soon as they are published!

You can read other reviews and view the full blog tour schedule here.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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