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"If you spot him again, shoot him on sight," my father said. "I shall deal with the repercussions myself."
I gently pulled off my gloves and felt Will's grip on my elbow tighten. I looked about the room—at my younger sister, Lil; my brother, Felix; and one of our guards, Pascal, standing with Antonio and my father.
"What's this?" Will asked, leading me closer to the others, deeper into the Venetian palazzo's grand salon. I was thankful that the long windows were wide open, allowing the brine-laced breeze to waft through. "What's happened?"
"Oh, Cora!" Lillian cried, rising and entering my arms. She clung to me a second and then pulled back to look at me. "It was Nathan Hawke! I'm certain I saw him across the piazza today!"
"Truly?" I asked. "Nathan? If you're right, he's far less clever than I thought." I looked to my father, his words about shooting him on sight making far more sense now. Nathan Hawke was dangerous, instrumental in our kidnapping a week past, thwarted only because Will and Art had used other nefarious men to double-cross him. I lifted a hand to my temple and shook my head. "It makes no sense. He should be on a steamer to Greece by now. Not lollygagging about where one of us might spy him, report him. He risks imprisonment!"
"Unless he wants to be seen," Antonio grumbled, thick chin in hand.
"For what purpose?" Felix asked.
"To make certain that we know who is behind the next kidnapping," bit out my father, throwing up a hand in frustration. "So that we might pay the ransom without hesitation."
"His partners are in jail," I said. "What true threat is one man when we are so many?"
"It took only one to take our Lillian," my father said, his blue eyes steel cold as he leveled them at me. "And another to nab you as well."
"We are far less naive than we were when we began this journey. We never go out alone—"
"Not that that resolves our concerns," my father said. "What would you do if he leveled a gun at you? Or your sister? Or young William here?"
"Presumably our armed guard would protect us."
He paced back and forth, flicking one hand in the air. "So he draws his pistol, Antonio draws another, and you are caught in the cross fire?"
I bit my lip, stymied by both his logic and the sudden reminder that he might care for me and my future, regardless of the bad blood that had passed between us. I pinched my temples between thumb and ring finger. "We've been through this, Father. We cannot live in fear the rest of our lives. Like it or not, after that Life article, we'll be recognized wherever we go. Even more so once the next issue is off the presses and reaches Europe."
"Which will be soon," said Hugh Morgan, one of our traveling companions, his tone uncommonly gentle. "It'll be any day now."
I looked back at my father. Here, at last, was the gauntlet he'd warned me of—the trials of leading, of making choices. I had to show him I was up to the task. "If it's not Nathan Hawke, there will be others, yes? You have enemies. I, apparently, have enemies. This is our present reality. And we all must deal with that threat, here, now, so that we can be done with it forevermore."
"It would be easier at home in Montana," my father said. "We wouldn't be so exposed."
I held a breath, defeated by the idea of turning tail and running after all we'd endured. We'd fought to be here, earned the right to finish our trip, even if it was against Father's wishes. Hadn't we? But I recognized his fear, his concern for the others—my siblings, Felix, Vivian, and Lil, as well as the Morgans—even if I couldn't trust what he felt for me. I sighed and looked to Will.
"When is the earliest we could leave, if we wished to?" Father said.
"The Charleston ships out in a couple of weeks from Pisa. We might secure passage on her. But given that it's high season, she's likely sold every stateroom, and getting us all aboard, even if you all agreed to travel second class ..." Will shook his head. "No, it's highly unlikely we'd find anything above steerage. There's a slim chance we could find accommodations on the Charlemagne, the following week out of Naples."
"Oh, but the Charlemagne's a miserable ship," Pierre de Richelieu said, entering the room, his keen eyes covering each of us but resting on me. "Trust me. You'd never wish to board her wretched gangplank." His eyes narrowed as he took in the dour mood of the room. "What's happened?" he asked, his French accent growing thicker. "What is it?"
Antonio bent to whisper in his ear, and Pierre's handsome green eyes shifted to me, his brows furrowed in alarm—and then his gaze traveled down to Will's hand on my elbow. I knew he'd remained, even once Will and I began openly courting, hoping I might change my mind. He pinched his lower lip, then turned to a chair and sat down, heavily, as if beaten. He was due to leave for Paris within hours. I knew that this was perhaps the last time I'd ever see him, which made me alternately relieved and sad.
My father strode to the window and put a hand on the frame as he stared outward. "It is you that Nathan Hawke is after, Cora. An heiress, a millionaire in her own right, now. That's the story the press shall propagate. Luc Coltaire would've taken any of you. But a Montanan like Hawke? He's after you."
I let out a soft scoffing laugh. My sole inheritance—my claim on a portion of the Dunnigan mine—was in dispute. Father wished to hold it out before me like a carrot before a horse, forcing me to go in the direction he wished. I had secured an attorney and discovered I might have a chance at fighting for a portion, whether my father approved of my decisions—continuing the tour, allowing Will rather than Pierre to court me—or not.
"Perhaps you can flag Hawke down in the piazza," I said. "Explain to him that you are doing your level best to keep me and my parents from earning one dollar of our mine's bounty. That trying to wring a ransom from my banker will be as difficult as squeezing blood from a turnip since I have about three dollars to my name."
I heard the tiny gasp from my sister Lil. Everyone in the room seemed to take a collective breath, all eyes now concentrating on the two of us.
"Cora, this all mustn't be so trying," my father said, his blue eyes shifting in agitation to the others in the room. "And even if we weren't at odds about the Dunnigan mine, you know he'd come to me. Appeal to me as your father. I'm the known quantity."
"And we both know how far that would get him." I took a deep breath and looked to Will, then back to my father, feeling a wince of regret now over my harsh words and the shadow that passed through his eyes. "But if you feel it's me that Nathan is after, perhaps we should part company for a time. I don't wish to endanger the others."
"No!" Lillian cried, coming to me and taking my arm before looking back to our father. Her blonde ringlets by her ears bounced. "Please, Father. Don't allow her to go. It isn't safe!"
"We only have a few weeks left before the Olympic sails back home," I said, patting her hand. "We wouldn't be apart for all that long."
"But I agree with your family," Will said, surprising me. "It's far safer for you to be with the others, under guard, than on your own."
"No," my father said. "Listen to him. If we are to tarry here in Italy rather than return home immediately, it is imperative that we remain together."
Rising voices, floating down the marble staircase, drew our attention to the open doors. Vivian. And Andrew. They were getting closer, bickering, and then Vivian arrived, flushed and wringing her hands, Andrew directly on her heels. She looked up, belatedly realizing that so many of us had gathered and overheard them arguing.
I splayed out my hands and forced a smile, eager to relieve the pressure of the group's attention. "We were just discussing the possibility of parting ways for a time."
"Parting ways?" sputtered Vivian, her small features drawing together in a frown. "Who of us wishes to part ways with you?"
I almost laughed at Andrew's steady gaze behind her. He was one, for certain. Somehow, he seemed ready to pin their growing dissonance on me.
"I believe we are past that idea," my father said quietly. "Now we must plot our safest course."
I considered him and then cast my eyes about the room, thinking. "What if we changed course again? Get off the Grand Tour track. See Antonio's Italy together?" I gestured toward our guide and then folded my arms. "Nathan Hawke is resourceful, but I wager it was Luc Coltaire that kept them on our trail before. If we up and disappeared in the wee hours, this very night, would we not likely slip from the city without him knowing where we'd gone? And if we kept to the smaller towns and villages, rather than the grand cities, would we not be far less likely to encounter those that knew the first thing about us?"
My father's gaze shifted to me, his gray mustache twitching as he considered my plan. And it was then that I knew he agreed with me.
"But what of the big cities?" Nell whined. "I do so want to see Milan. Turin. And Florence!"
"We could stay outside of the cities. Come in for the day and disappear again," Will said, looking excited. He nodded his head, hope making his eyes sparkle. "It's far more difficult for a man to follow us on the small, isolated country roads than it is in the thick of crowded streets."
Pierre rose and nodded in agreement. "It is a good plan, to stay together and yet step off of Italy's stage for a time." He turned sad, warm eyes on me. "Regardless of how much you belong on it."
I colored under his steady gaze. Was there nothing I could do to dissuade him from his pursuit?
"You are off then, Richelieu?" my father asked, stepping up beside him. "To Paris?"
Pierre nodded, still staring at me. He forced his eyes to my father. "In a few hours."
"Then you have enough time for a proper farewell with Cora," my father said.
I started, straightened, and wondered what I could possibly say that wouldn't hurt Pierre's feelings further and—
"I did hope for that, yes," Pierre said. He turned toward Will, silently asking permission.
"That is up to Cora," Will said.
Will had my heart, but sending Pierre away brokenhearted wasn't what I wanted. He'd done nothing to deserve such sorrow.
Will sighed, reading my expression. "May I have a private word with Cora?"
My father waved us out, and we turned around the corner and into the spacious, airy hall of the grand Venetian palazzo, every nearby room empty except for the salon behind us. In the center, the palazzo was open to the skies above, and a small, tidy garden grew below, as it had for centuries.
Will crossed his arms and leaned against the wall, facing me. "Tell me," he said miserably. "Tell me," he repeated, an edge of anger in his whispered tone as he pointed out the hall, "that you are not hesitating saying farewell to him because you still feel something for him."
"I care for Pierre," I whispered back. "How could I not? He has been nothing but kind to me! But I love you, Will. I've always loved you."
His expression was a mixture of relief and trepidation. "Then I have no fear in giving the Frenchman a moment to say good-bye. He'll undoubtedly try and make you look his way one more time. You know that, right?"
"You have nothing to fear," I said. I gave him a rueful smile. "It is Pierre de Richelieu. You know he'll do his level best." I stepped toward him and wrapped my arms around his waist. "But I know who is better for me than even the grand Pierre de Richelieu."
He reached down and tucked a strand of my hair behind my ear, feigning ignorance. "Who? Hugh? Antonio?"
I smiled back up at him. "Why yes, either of them." Hugh Morgan was a womanizing cad, half the time—though he'd seemed to mature over the course of the tour—and Antonio was our sweet, fatherly fellow guide.
"It's been lovely," Will said, wrapping his arms around me and giving my forehead a careful kiss. "These last days, setting the tour aside, simply enjoying Venezia and each other. But now we must move forward. And we start by sending Pierre home." He put one hand behind my neck, his touch gentle, reassuring, and with his other hand, he stroked my cheek.
I smiled up at him and nodded quickly. He leaned down to gently kiss me, once, twice, until we heard voices coming closer from the salon. Quickly, we drew apart, and I took his arm.
Pierre lifted a brow in question, along with his hand, and smiled as I walked toward him. "Excellent," he purred, tucking my hand around the crook of his arm. He was impeccably dressed, as usual, in a fine suit of a delicate summer weight, crisp white shirt, and cravat in a blue-green that enhanced his eyes. "This way, mon ange ..." he said, gesturing toward the front of the palazzo, on the canal side.
"Pierre," Will growled. No doubt he'd heard Pierre's romantic name for me in French.
"Je suis si désolé," Pierre said with an apologetic moan, lifting a hand and casting Will a look laced with remorse. "Force of habit," he said, staring down at me in adoration, as if there really could be no other name for me than my angel.
Will trailed behind us to the top of the marble stairs that led down to the canal-level piano, what the Venetians called each level of a building, right along the water. "You're going outside?" Will said, frustration lacing his tone. "Can you not share a quiet word of farewell in the safety of the palazzo?"
"Nothing to fear, my friend," Pierre said. "I only wish to take a ride on the water with Cora. Unless this Hawke walks on water, he will not get anywhere near us. And if he does ..." He patted his jacket pocket, where he carried his pistol.
Will considered him. "See that you have easy access to that," he said at last. "And take Pascal with you. Those are my terms."
"Honestly, Will. Isn't that a bit much?" I asked. I considered it rather embarrassing, thinking of a private conversation in front of Pascal.
"Isn't it a bit much that Hawke dared come close enough for any of us to see him?" Will responded levelly.
I glanced with Pierre over to Pascal, the burly guard who was walking down the stairs behind us. He was so quiet, half the time I forgot he hovered near. And there would be no shaking my silent guardians, not after our kidnapping. And especially now, if Nathan Hawke was indeed lurking in the vicinity.
Hugh and Felix left out the back door of the palace, most likely to find a place for an afternoon glass of wine and a chance to flirt with the local young women. Wallace bit back a demand for them to stay inside, unnerved by this latest sighting of Nathan Hawke, but he knew it would simply agitate the young gentlemen. Glancing out the window, he comforted himself with the sight of Stephen, a lanky detective, following the boys.
Sam Morgan came up to the window beside him. "They'll be fine, Wallace. We can't keep an eye on them every minute," he said, biting down on an unlit cigar.
Wallace gave him a rueful smile and then turned to sit heavily in a chair in front of the cold, unlit fireplace. "You're right, of course. But if anything happened to any of the children ..." He bit his lip and looked over to the wide, empty doorway that led to the hallway.
"Perhaps it's best if you switch tactics with Cora now," Morgan said gently, taking the chair facing him.
Wallace stared hard at his old friend and business partner. Morgan didn't speak to him in such a direct manner often, but Wallace had learned it was wise to pay attention when he did. "Meaning?"
"Meaning," Morgan said carefully, stroking his short beard, "she is perhaps more like you than any of your other children. And the harder you press her, the more she'll press back."
Wallace waved his hand in agitation, encouraging him to go on, even while a good part of him wanted the man to remain quiet.
"She is naive in some ways, and yet wise to the ways of people. She understands what drives them, incites them. And she does not wish to be controlled."
Wallace studied him. "You think I've gone about it wrong. My desire to assert my authority as a father, guide her."
"She sees you more as a threat than a guide. When she did not come willingly, you tried to coerce her, which has only driven her further away."
Wallace sighed heavily and closed his eyes, rubbing them. "So? What do you suggest?"
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Posted January 24, 2015
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!
Posted September 18, 2014
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.
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.
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Source: Kindle Free Read 10/7/13
Setting: Europe 1913
Series: Grand Tour #3
Posted September 13, 2014
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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.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 23, 2014
Posted February 6, 2014
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2013
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.
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Posted December 1, 2013
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.
Posted November 25, 2013
.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
Posted November 17, 2013
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.
Posted November 5, 2013
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.
Posted November 3, 2013
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.
Posted October 30, 2013
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.
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.
Posted October 28, 2013
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.
Posted October 26, 2013
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.
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Posted October 25, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2013
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!
Posted October 16, 2013
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.
Posted October 12, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2013
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!
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