Friday, October 19, 2012
Glamorous Illusions - by Lisa Bergren
Although this book was set in 1913, for the most part, it felt as if it could be a contemporary novel. In a good way. I didn't get lost wading through settings and traditions of the past, but was able to be swept up in Cora's dilemmas and emotions. The Grand Tour, however, sounds like a fabulous tradition, and I can only wish that that were still common practice, leaving out the spoiled rich heirs and heiresses, of course.
Even though I enjoyed the story and Cora's revelations very much, there was something about it that kept me from loving it. The abrupt ending was one; even though it is to be the first book in a series, there was no wrap-up whatsoever. Maybe I wanted the book to be truly about Cora finding herself while seeing that her true identity lies in how God sees her, and less of it to be about the gentlemen pursuing her. I can understand how she struggled with how her half-siblings related to her, and that was an honest part of her search for self, but it seemed odd that she'd had no love interests in her old life, and now she's suddenly surrounded by suitors. Regardless, I still give the book 3 stars, and I will look forward to continuing the saga with the next installment.
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I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.