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Glittering Promises: A Novel
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Glittering Promises: A Novel

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by Lisa T Bergren, Jaimee Draper (Narrated by)
 

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Wealth cannot buy peace... or direction.

For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. Yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging …

Hounded by the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and journalists

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Wealth cannot buy peace... or direction.

For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. Yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging …

Hounded by the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora fights to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. But as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, Cora begins to wonder if their love is strong enough to withstand all that threatens to pull them apart.

As she glimpses the end of the tour, Cora knows it’s time to decide Who and what defines her … and who and what does not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613756027
Publisher:
Oasis Audio
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Grand Tour Series , #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,122,116
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author


Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over forty books, with more than 2.5 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, Colorado.

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Glittering Promises 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
I have loved each and every one of the books in this series. In this last book we find Cora at first still struggling with how she fits in this new family of hers. But in the end we find she has gained strength in her acceptance of who she is and where her life might lead to next. Lisa has written a story that will keep you on your toes, but also warm your heart. I cried, I laughed, and I cheered. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis:   Cora still hasn’t gotten a handle on this new life. She’s on edge because of a constant illness and doubt. Will she finally be able to overcome the disastrous media coverage, the rollercoaster sibling relationships, and the ever-changing romance with Will? There isn’t much time and the constant changes just keep bringing Cora pain and questions. Hott Review: I couldn’t put this down. It was absolutely enthralling! The relationships, the fear, the mystery, the love. It felt like I was a part of every moment of this grand tour and I’m tremendously sad the journey has ended. More… Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren Source: Kindle Free Read 10/7/13 Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Europe 1913 Series: Grand Tour #3
book4children More than 1 year ago
A nice ending for a beautiful series. Glittering Promises is the third and final book in the Grand Tour series and picks up where the second book left off. Cora and Will are openly courting now and their relationship comes with challenges that neither of them anticipated. Will has increasing doubts about Cora's new wealth and status, while Cora suffers from bouts of jealousy. Pierre is still in the mix, doing his best to convince Cora to choose him instead of Will. Danger lurks in the shadows and Cora and her family will discover that they might not know their friends as well as they thought. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. The characters are well developed and believable in all the books, but I wish we had seen more of some characters in this final one. Hugh and Nell were only mentioned in passing, and even Pierre made very few appearances. I especially wanted to see Hugh more since I had grown to like him in the second book. Will makes some desperate and hasty choices in this book, and he allows his thoughts to wander away from Cora a bit, spurring both her jealousy and his. I wasn't fond of that part of the story. Throughout the rest of the series, Will has been a strong and steadfast character (for the most part). I could understand his problem with Cora's wealth and position, but I didn't like some of his decisions. Regardless, I still enjoyed the book immensely. The author created a distinct feel to the series that I found addicting. It was calm and beautiful, peppered with page turning danger and heartfelt moments. Content: Clean Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters, especially Cora, and learned so much traveling with them
greeneyedsadie More than 1 year ago
What a great series! I loved traveling across Europe with Cora, Will, and all the rest. This book really brought resolution to the story-lines in an entertaining and thoughtful way. The relationship between the main characters has progressed through each book, and in a really beautiful way. With an element of suspense, plenty of excitement, and beautiful descriptions of all the locations, I recommend this book to anyone!
Wilani More than 1 year ago
What a moving conclusion to the Grand Tour Series.  It would be wise to read Grand Illusions first and then Grave Consequences next before reading Glittering Promises.  In this final book in the series that were some amazing twists and turns and some surprises at the end.   Many lessons were learned along the way and through it all they could see the way the Lord had a plan through all the summer.  I loved this book and the whole series and would love to know what happened to all of them as they came back to America.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Cora Diehl Kensington is determined to finish her Grand Tour. She has been kidnapped and had stories written about her, but she wants to keep going on. On top of all the peril, Cora has fallen for the leader of their group, Will. She and Will have gone public, so Cora thinks that is settled. It's not. Meanwhile, Cora has been handed the means by which to her future can be made secure as part owner of a mine. Cora will have to deal with more danger both to her person and to her relationship with Will if she's to make it through the rest of the tour.  The final installment in this series finds us reading some very familiar characters. I like when we are able to spend time with people we feel like we already know. This book continues a lot of the themes and plotlines introduced in the earlier books. I found that made a few things feel a little repetitive, but overall there was enough new stuff to make it all feel fresh. Cora is still managing to find ways to grow, so I enjoyed that. She and Will are still working to know each other and work through their issues, and they are having more things throw at them with Cora's new placement as an owner of one of the mines. I found this part to be very realistic actually, and I think that they handled things in a good way. There are a bit of a twist in the end, but I honestly wasn't too surprised. It seemed a bit telegraphed to me, but that's ok. It was still interesting. It definitely felt like a good payoff for reading the entire series. Things were wrapped up in an acceptable manner (to me anyway), so I couldn't really ask for me. Overall this was a great book in a great series, so be sure to check it out. Book provided for review.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Surprise Ending for the Third in a Series The third book in the Grand Tour series by Lisa T. Bergren, Glittering Promises, begins rather slowly with pages of relating the feelings of the group of travelers. Once it picks up, the book really moves as Cora runs into problem after problem. She attempts to make good decisions and grow as the story line twists and turns. Bergren continues to create beautiful pictures of life in Europe during the early part of century. The group itself begins to encounter more fiction as Cora’s father gives her full shares of the copper mine. That money waves to the reporters like a red flag to a bull, adding even more stress to Cora’s adventure. This is a fun read with an unexpected conclusion. I recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance that has well-developed basics.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
.Glittering Promises is the final installment of the Grand Tour Series. Cora Kensington tries to stay true to herself and her past while trying to figure out her future. She tries to get Pierre de Richelieu to understand that she does not love him. She is in love with Wil McCabe. Can Will get over Cora being the new wealthy American heiress in order for them to be together?  Glittering Promises is my favorite book of the series. So many surprises were in store throughout this, keeping me turning the pages. I cannot believe everything that transpired. I love how much Cora had grown by the end. I am disappointed that her story has ended and would love to know what happened in her life when she arrived back in America.  I really love this series. I highly recommend this novel but would definitely start with book one of the series, Glamorous Illusions. 5 Plus stars
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Very rarely do I get to review a trilogy, and it was intriguing to review my past ratings and comments. This series has been a somewhat mixed bag for me. The first book was good enough for me to wish to complete the second, and the second was truly quite boring. This final book in the series completely captivated me from the beginning. I feel as though the author finally captured the essence of the characters, the story, and the genuine Christian message. Although the reader will assume the ending is ensured, the journey towards it may surprise the reader along the way.  I was pleased that suspense, mystery, and even sorrow were seamlessly woven into the story. It was encouraging to see some elements within the narrative that did not follow the typical Christian historical romance script. I prefer romances that are somewhat realistic even if there is a promise of a happily ever after. I probably would have left the reader hanging, but the ending was pleasant enough for me. When I read these novels, I always marvel at the whether the women of the bygone age were truly as strong as they are purported to be.  This was a pleasant conclusion to an unorthodox historical tale, and it will keep the reader on edge until the end. Also, if this is the only book that you read in the series, you will have no trouble jumping in without reading books one and two. The author is a master at filling her readers in on pertinent details. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren is the third and last book in the series and is just as great a story as the previous two. Cora Kensington and the rest of the Kensington and Morgan families are now in Italy for the last leg of their grand tour. Not only are they having to guard against kidnapers but they are hounded by the press looking for any story about Cora and her new wealth that makes her one of the richest women in America. Cora is in love with Will but Pierre de Richelieu’s determined pursuit of Cora causes her to have a doubt or two. Cora is adding to her problems by doubting many of her decisions as she tries to determine exactly what she wants out of life. All the characters come to life on the pages of the book and I felt as if I knew every one of them personally. The author does an excellent job in describing all the scenes as the group tours through Italy. I felt as if I were right in the middle of the group and seeing what they were seeing. There were several twists and turns to the plot but the author brought them all together at the end. There was a good deal of suspense in the story and I was kept guessing until the end exactly what would happen. I would think that I had the mystery solved and then something else would happen and I had to start over trying to solve the mystery. Just as in the first two books, the author’s extensive research was evident throughout this third book. In the end, things worked out as they should and there was a happy ending. I would like to see the author write a fourth book dealing with Cora’s life after the tour. I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy a really good historical novel set in the early part of the twentieth century. I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Cora Kensington and her father try desperately to divert the journalist that have hounded all of them on the grand tour of Europe.   Since arriving in Italy they have managed to avoid the ever present journalist.  Her father hired a public relations man to cope with the journalist.  Even though she has spent more time with her father she is still at odds with him.   She wonders if he will ever truly see her as his daughter the way he is with his other children.  This book has all the action, mystery, suspense and romance that the other books in this series had along with the perfect building up to the finale.  I was not disappointed, a little shocked and surprised at the true colors of a couple of the characters.   But that made a for a good twist to the story.  So I suggest you read the series to find out what was so surprising about the characters.    Who will Cora choose to marry, If she marries at all? I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook/Litfuse Publicity Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed Lisa T Bergren's Grand Tour through Europe and the restoration of a family. The first two books in the series set up the challenge of Cora Kensington learning she's not who she thinks she is and navigating relationships and a world she didn't know could be hers.  Glittering Promises  In Glittering Promises, the story picks up almost exactly where the prior book ends -- making it a book that really should be read in the series to be fully enjoyed. While Cora explores Italy, she finds herself one of the wealthiest women in America. She struggles to learn the business and find a firm foundation with the man she loves. The money could be a blessing, or it could destroy the new life she's creating. The characters are real, the locations so alive that I want to hop the next plane to Italy and explore them for myself. And through it all you see God's hand as Cora tries above all things to become the woman He wants her to be. 
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
A lovely conclusion to an amazing series! I was so excited to find Glittering Promises in my mailbox! I have followed the series from the beginning and I've loved every single installment. That being said, I'm incredibly sad to have read the final pages. Nonetheless, I'm glad to have watched the Kensingtons grow and mature on this Grand Tour. I will share my thoughts without spoilers, but it should go without saying that you need to find your own copy and dive in! After I finished Grave Consequences, I was at a loss as to how Miss Bergren would tie up the series. There was so much to resolve! And while she didn't have me on the edge of my seat, she did have me curious. I truly didn't go into Glittering Promises with any expectations, which is just as well because I would have been wrong! Yet again, twists and turns weave through the novel but (thankfully) they all finally begin to tie together and make sense. Though I'd like to say this is my favorite of the series, it falls short. Glamorous Illusions remains my favorite, I think. If there's one thing I'd caution any reader, it would be to beware the romance in the story. Bergren doesn't set a good example, as there's too much focus on feelings and there is consistently a lack of trust between two individuals- something I find is detrimental in any relationship. However, this is the only big problem I had. We are definitely given a satisfactory ending and thrill of a ride, no doubt! Although my slight issues with the love triangle, I really am happy with how Miss Bergren ended it all, and I will continue to secretly hope we'll see the Kensingtons again. I recommend this novel and this series to older teens (16+). I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse, in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lisa T. Bergren in her new book “Glittering Promises” Book Three in The Grand Tour Series published by David C. Cook returns us to the life of Cora Kensington in 1913. From the back cover:   Wealth cannot buy peace … or direction. For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had, and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. And yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging … Hounded by journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora fights to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. But as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, she begins to wonder if their love is strong enough to withstand all that threatens to pull them apart. Complicating matters is the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and the increased demands on her time and attention. Cora must stand up for what she believes—regardless of how that might challenge current family and cultural norms—in order to remain true to who she really is. And as she glimpses the end of the tour, Cora knows it’s time to decide Who and what defines her … and who and what does not. History, romance, family drama and suspense all bundled together into one very entertaining story.  The Cinderella story continues.  Cora Kensington was living poor on a farm in Montana then her whole life was turned upside down when she learned she was the illegitimate daughter of a copper mogul.  Now she is on a Grand Tour of Europe with her new family and new friends trying to make some sense of everything.  This time the journey takes us through Italy. Ms. Bergen has written a three-act story with her Grand Tour series and this book wraps up everything that has happened so far.  The kidnappers story line continues and this time we find out who the inside person is.  Cora has to make a decision between Will and Pierre de Richelieu.  Cora, Will and all the other characters have become like family and it is great fun to join with them on this journey.  ”Glittering Promises” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.  I recommend this book highly and am sorry to see this series end however I do look forward to the next book from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting conclusion, (at least it seemed like a conclusion) to this story. I enjoyed the description of all the beautiful places they visited. The conflict in the romance was painful and sweet at times. The kidnapping was scary and the villain a surprise. The religion was a little pushy though, but I still loved it over all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this final book in the Grand Tour Series. It wrapped everything up, and in a believable way. I really came to love all of the characters in this series, and am sad that the tour is over. Perhaps we can have a book in a few years to follow up on them? :-)  Sometimes in a three part series, the story starts to drag, and I am okay with it being over. I did not want this one to end.  I love novels from other time periods, and this one did not disappoint!
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
After trekking across Europe with the Kensington and Morgan clans for three whole books, I can safely say that this is one of my favorite series ... ever! Glittering Promises was a great conclusion!!! Cora's angst as she labored over her decision between two suitors was so real. While some readers have been frustrated by the continuation of the love triangle, I thought it was more about the fact that she realized it was such a huge decision. She didn't want to mess up. I can remember feeling the same way at different times in my life (though not about my husband!), so it really resonated with me. One of my favorite aspects of the entire book was how the siblings were finally figuring out how to be family. Cora seemed to come into her own a bit more, and at various times, I could really see how they embraced her more fully. While that was somewhat expected, there were quite a few things that were NOT. I obviously don't want to ruin the story for anyone, but there were several moments that I went, "WHAT?! I definitely didn't THAT coming!" I was so pleased that the ending to this series was as wonderful as it was. I'm definitely not ready for the series to be over, though, and would love to read more about these families if the author ever chooses to write more! [5 stars] Note: These books are not stand alone books and should be read in the order in which they were written: Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises. I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I received my copy of Glittering promises!  I read the majority of the book in one day because I could not put it down!  I loved getting a glimpse of what it would be like to be visiting Italy during the early 1900's.  It was full of history, twists, and romance!   Great read!   I know I will be reading it again!
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
I was so ridiculously happy when Lisa T. Bergren’s newest book arrived in my mailbox earlier this week – and when I finally had time to settle in and read it yesterday, I discovered my happiness was well-deserved. This book is worth buying, worth owning, and worth reading again and again. The adventures kept me turning pages as fast as I could read them. The romance was sweet, and I was glad Cora finally had a definite idea of what she was doing in that area. There was some mystery mixed in, some totally unexpected twists (seriously, you won’t see them coming), and all around? 400 pages of must-read book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Italy, the early 1900s, the fancy grand tours of that time, Europe in general, a sweet Christian romance, or some exciting mystery! **Litfuse and the publisher sent me a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I was not recompensed in any other way, nor was I required to post positively. All opinions and thoughts are my own.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Lisa Tawn Bergren’s third book in her series called the Grand Tour Series. The series tells the story of a young lady and her recently discovered wealthy family as they go on the “grand tour” across Europe. Glittering Promises sums up the series as they come to the conclusion of their tour. As you are touring along with the family, you will wish you are really there! I could not wait to read this book and after reading it, I was not disappointed. Lisa did a lovely job of wrapping up the series in Glittering Promises. I couldn't put the book down as the story completely held my attention. And there was even a few surprises at the end. I would highly recommend the whole series!
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
I do not enjoy reading Time Travel novels, and why then, do I enjoy historical novels? I am not sure, because that is literally what Lisa has done with her Grand Tour series. I somehow inadvertently missed reading Grave Consequences, which is the second book in the series, and so this third book, Glittering Promises loses a little of the impact it would have had had I read it. Also, I think in order to get the full picture of Europe, and the places Cora and her half-siblings visit it would be best to wait until the series is completed and available, or perhaps re-read as they are published. That will not be a hardship, because this is the type of novel where I expect that each time I read it, I will read or remember something new that I missed the last times around. Depicting the era of 1913 and spanning the world from Montana to Italy has been done in such a way that you can almost see the dilapidated Roman Ruins, feel the tension of a triangle romance and the angst of familial love and rivalry. Beautifully told, enough adventure and mystery to keep the reader turning page after page to keep up with the tour. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C. Cook publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.