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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Giveaway Huge! "Glamorous Illusions" by Lisa T. Bergren

Welcome to the launch of best-selling and award-winning author Lisa Tawn Begren's brand new historicial fiction series, Grand Tour! The first book, Glamorous Illusions releases this month! To celebrate, Lisa has teamed up with her publisher David C. Cook for a "Glamorous" Giveaway and fun Author Chat party on Facebook. Details below!

The Grand Tour Series details the life of Cora Diehl Kensington, a woman of the Montana plains, swept up into a life of riches and privilege. Belatedly finding out a terrible secret about her parentage, Cora struggles to find out who she really is–as a child of God–in the midst of an enlightening, as well as dangerous, trip across Europe.

Here's a trailer!

A Summary of the Book :

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.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.

About Ms Bergren:
Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.
For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website.

The Dame's Review :

With all her usual skills in writing a beautiful, spiritually inspired novel, Lisa Bergren once again captured my imagination with "Glamorous Illusions."  From the first pages when her main character, Cora returns home to her farming family to find disaster to the final papes, I was caught up in her story.  Bergren is a storyteller of the first ranks.  She is a consummate writer of historical fiction.

What's the best of this book is the spirit of Cora who brings a feistiness along with her Christian values.  Too often in spiritually contexted books we find syrupy sweet characters whom it's difficult to identify with.  It's not so with Lisa Bergren's characters.  While they are steeped in a quiet strength and are prayerful, there is a steel-backed determination and a sense of themselves that comes from hope and courage.  Cora is able to be true to herself and her values despite the adversities and challenges she faces on her Grand Tour with siblings and family she's never met before, among other stumbling blocks she faces as the illegitimate daughter of a very wealthy man.  Her example has a strong effect on her spoiled and ner-do-well half siblings!

Fast-paced, a story of romance and lavish life-style, this is also a journey of travel to exotic places, and of inner struggles.  The European adventures and worldly sights are exciting and the people are beautiful in their dress and surroundings.  This book has all the historical fiction features to be an absorbing novel for those seeking that genre. Far-reaching in its ability to please many readers, I highly recommend "Glamorous Illusions."   I'm delighted to know it's a Grand Tour series!

4 stars for a grand book!

What is our "true" identity? Join the conversation at Lisa Tawn Begren's Author Chat Facebook Event Page. On the evening of 6/27 we'll gather to talk about our spiritual journey, share our stories and a few laughs.
In the meantime, celebrate with Lisa by entering her Glamorous Illusions Giveaway!

One "glamorous" winner will receive a "Glam Prize Pack":
  • A $350 Visa Cash Card (Oh ... think of what you could do: treat yourself to a mani/pedi, a fabulous new dress, dinner for two, or even a two-night escape in a lovely hotel - you're only limited by your imagination!)
  • Glamorous Illusions (by Lisa Tawn Begren)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 6/26/12. Winner will be announced at Lisa's "Glamorous Illusions" Facebook Party on 6/27 {Fun begins at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT}. Lisa will be hosting an evening of meaningful chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Lisa via video or phone.)
So grab a few of your friends and your copy of Glamorous Illusions and join Lisa on the evening of June 27th for an evening of fun.

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

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