I’m normally not big on historical romance novels, but this one was free on Kindle and I like the author, so I gave it a chance. You can check it out here.
Summary: Glamorous Illusions follows Cora Diehl, the daughter of a poor farming family and an aspiring teacher. She comes home for summer break only to discover that her father has had a stroke. With the farm failing and her father’s fragile health, it looks like Cora is out of options…until the mysterious Wallace Kensington shows up at her doorstep. Wallace Kensington is the richest man in Montana and also happens to be Cora’s biological father. He provides for the needs of Cora’s family, on the condition that she join his legitimate children on their Grand Tour of Europe. Confused, Cora is swept into a world of parties and finery. She struggles to fit in while simultaneously remaining true to herself and her ideals. It doesn’t help that she is being relentlessly pursued by all the gentlemen she meets, including the tour guide’s nephew and a French nobleman.
Likes: I enjoyed Glamorous Illusions. The character development was probably the strongest element in the story. The love triangle also added some interesting elements. The title, while confusing to me at first, is explained towards the end of the book in a way that I found to be quite clever.
Dislikes: The plot was a little slow, as the main focus of the book was on the character development. However, that doesn’t mean it’s boring. I love a book with good character development. Also, the climax of the some of the character arcs occurs in a church during a sermon, which I found to be a little bit cliche.
TL;DR: I would definitely recommend Glamorous Illusions to anyone who likes a good romance novel or to anyone who is a fan of Bergren’s River of Time series.
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