Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Glamorous Illusions-Lisa T. Bergren

Glamorous Illusions

Lisa T. Bergren

David C. Cook, June 1 2012, $14.99

ISBN: 9781434764300

In 1913 Montana, Cora Diehl returns home to Dunnigan, Montana after attending the first year at the Normal School training to become a teacher. However, her parents fail to meet her at the train station so an elderly neighbor Mr. Miller gives her a ride to her family’s farm. In the barn is her Papa with his eyes vacant and his head on her Mama’s lap. Her forty-eight years old papa suffered a stroke. Even with help from the neighbors, the family farm is in jeopardy of being foreclosed so Cora tries to sell her necklace.

Not long afterward the affluent Copper King Wallace Kensington arrives to inform Cora that he not her Papa was her biological dad. Stunned Cora learns she has three half-siblings (Felix, Lillian and Vivian) around her age. Cora realizes her necklace led to Wallace coming to see her. He arranges for Papa to get the best care in Minneapolis and for Cora to join her biological family at the lake and on a Grand Tour of Europe with her siblings led by Sir Stuart McCabe and his nephew, William McCabe.

The first Grand Tour tale stars a strong Christian believer who finds her entire belief system shattered when she learns Papa is not her papa. Cora is terrific as she acts like a lottery winner while struggling with adjusting to her new family who has problems accepting the illegitimate farmer’s daughter as their equal, and wealth that places her in luxury. Fans will enjoy touring Europe with Lisa T. Bergren as our guide while wondering whether affluence will spoil Cora Diehl.

Harriet Klausner

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