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Author: Lisa T. Bergren Narrator: Jaimee Draper Publisher: Oasis Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781621880172
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Cora is about to discover who she truly is. It’s the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well. One fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past… a secret that will radically change her future. Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a trip intended to finish a person’s education and solidify an understanding of refinement and ancient culture. As she travels from England to France with kin she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of a family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes there are far greater challenges ahead…. The first audio book in the Grand Tour series will take you on a journey of cultural refinement—but, moreover, on an inner journey of self-discovery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating mix of travel and intrigue, heartache and romance…A grand start to a new series from a seasoned author who writes from the heart.”

    Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With fresh characters, a touching story, and plenty of adventure and romance, you’ll get swept away in this lavish world of the young and wealthy.”

    MaryLu Tyndall, author of Surrender the Dawn

  • “A magical journey of the heart and soul that will leave you breathless and longing for more.”

    Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

  • “A Cinderella story lingers in the pages of Glamorous Illusions. Open the book and be swept into a story of heartache, strength, and romance.”

    Cara C. Putman, author of Stars in the Night

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/16/2014

    " It was good. I little romance - you already think you know who will hook up with whom, but then I suppose You'd have to read the next book. Very enjoyable - nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/14/2014

    " This book was a strong 4 stars until the very end. The climax came out of left field and I don't think this book should have sequels (the "cliffhanger" just feels like the author got tired of writing the book and said to her publisher, "Uh... that's it for this one.... I'm gonna write more though... so... don't worry about that). The end should have wrapped up the first 85% of the book sweetly and simply. I would have loved it if that had been the case. Overall I liked it, but I don't know if I'll bother with the sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shellie | 2/5/2014

    " Once Cora discovers who she really is, she must come to terms with that knowledge in one of the most challenging being thrown headlong into a grand tour of Europe with none other than those who despise her. Objective? Come out knowing more about herself and who she really is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Autumn | 1/30/2014

    " Annoying and poorly written from start to finish. I only finished it because I had nothing better to read. Just bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra | 1/29/2014

    " I began reading this book unsure if I was going to enjoy it. I am sooo glad I did. Bergen is so talented in developing each of her characters. It was clever to read from each of their perspectives. The book didnt jump around like some when the author is trying to write from different viewpoints. It flowed great and I found myself unable to put it down. Cora was a delight as the reader struggled with her in finding herself as she traveled abroad. The criticism and judgemental people she faced was very realistic. In the end she prevails and finds herself but also finds herself with several admirers. I love the way it ended. I was struggling to decided who I thought she should end up with but the author left it up to the reader. It appears as though a second book could be made from this too! It is well worth your time to read this!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/7/2014

    " Really more of a 4.5 star book. Loved Cora & Will. Very excited to continue & complete the grand tour with them in future books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 11/24/2013

    " This is an excellent story of a young lady who finds our that her father is not her biological father. It tells of her journey in knowing her her biological is as well as her siblings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanama | 11/10/2013

    " I had a little trouble getting into this book at the very beginning, but when it grabbed me, it really grabbed me and I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 8/20/2013

    " An interesting journey, physically and emotionally. I will look forward to the next book and the rest of their tour. (Beautiful cover from afar, but up close the woman looks unapproachable-not how the character is written.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joant | 8/6/2013

    " Hmmm, I find I have nothing to say about this book. Romances are just not my thing, but I do have a fascination with Copper Barons and Grand Tours. It was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/4/2013

    " Really love The River of Times series...this isn't anything like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 12/29/2012

    " I didn't like this as well as her other books I've read. I actually found it pretty boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/22/2012

    " I liked the plot and the characters, but I wasn't expecting it to be so over the top Christian romance. I felt like at some points God was shoved in there rather than it being a natural part of the storyline. It was still a good book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 7/3/2012

    " What a great story! I can't wait until the next book comes out! "

About the Author

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over forty books, with a combined count of nearly three million copies sold. She has written bestselling children’s books, award-wining YA (Waterfall), popular historical fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s nonfiction, and gift books.

About the Narrator

Jaimee Draper has been acting, singing, and performing professionally and as an amateur since the age of five. She has been involved with theater, radio, and commercial work for many years. She currently teaches high school speech and theater, narrates for Guideposts Magazine, serves at her local church, and enjoys life with her husband and children.