It was just an ordinary day but it ended with tremendous consequences. When Cora Diehl arrives home from Normal school she suspects something is amiss but she never dreams her father has suffered a stroke. While her father recovers Cora and her mother put their heads together to save their failing farm and see to the crops. But it’s obvious they’re fighting a losing battle. Then one day politician Wallace Kensington arrives on their doorstep and it seems things went from bad to worse (in a way, depending on whose viewing the situation). Cora is shocked when he and her mother tell Cora that she is their illegitimate daughter. The deceit, shame and the news that she has three half-siblings she never knew, sends Cora reeling. As she grapples over her identity, Cora is convinced by her mother and new-found father to go along with her half-siblings on a tour of Europe. Easier said then done. Fraught with tension, danger and heartache Cora must come to terms with the future that lies ahead of her.
While I don’t think it was as good as Glittering Promises, which had much, much more in the way of action, I still enjoyed Glamorous Illusions, I found the characters believable as situations were considered from their point of view. True not all of them were “lovable” but I didn’t really dislike them terribly. One enormous plus was the inclusion of the RMS Olympic and how Lisa Tawn Bergren managed to work in some Titanic history. There was an incident that I thought was bit a corny and reminiscent of the James Cameron movie (which some of you know I didn’t like; I watched a self-censored version myself cutting out most/all the Jack and Rose moments which made for a better viewing) and that was when Cora finds herself on the bow watching the sea ahead and letting the wind blow about her. *cough, cough* Passengers were not allowed towards the bow of the ship as a safety precaution. Also I was under the impression that the area Cora and Jack/Rose stood at was the same place the anchor(s) was positioned therefore making an awkward area even more awkward. And then there’s the mention of Molly Brown. In her lifetime she was Margaret Brown or Mrs. J. J. Brown, sometimes Maggie. However it is an error easily overlooked and not one that bothered me much. Just thought I’d point it out! But I disgress…All in all I found the books to be very well put together. It not only made for a good novel but allows the reader a glimpse into Edwardian opulence and European history.
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