Grave Consequences: A Novel

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The Powerful, Epic Romance ContinuesFor Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger. And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart,...
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The Powerful, Epic Romance ContinuesFor Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger. And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781434764324
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Grand Tour Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 379,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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, Colorado.
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Grave Consequences

The Grand Tour Series


By Lisa T. Bergren

David C. Cook

Copyright © 2013 Lisa T. Bergren
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6432-4



CHAPTER 1

~Cora~


A shiver of fear ran down my back as I looked to the busy train platform outside my window. It's only your imagination, Cora. Silently, I counted to thirty, watching businessmen shake hands before parting. A young husband tenderly bussed his wife on the cheek as she anxiously wound a handkerchief in her hands. A man caught my eye in passing. He smiled and tipped his hat in my direction and I hurriedly glanced back to my lap. But when I lifted my eyes, the blue eyes of the dapper blond gent inside the train car with me were locked on me again. He was clearly watching me over the top edge of his newspaper.

I sighed and glanced at Nell, beside me.

"Cora?" she asked, studying my face. "What is it?"

"That man three rows up," I whispered, careful not to look his way. "Don't look right away. Wait until I look back to the window. Then see if he isn't studying us."

"All right," she said, a bit wan. Our near escape from kidnappers in Paris had left us all on edge. Even now, on this train bound for Provence, we had no idea if a telegram from our fathers, demanding we purchase passage on a steamship bound for home, would soon turn us right back around.

I looked back to the platform. The train whistle blew, and those few remaining boarded or departed. Our car lurched and then slowly began rolling forward. A man came up outside my window, keeping pace with us. It took me a moment to realize who it was.

"Pierre!" I whispered in sweet surprise, knowing he couldn't hear me. He smiled and tucked a red rose in the crevice just outside the window, then kissed his fingers and placed them against the glass.

I smiled as Nell and Lil both giggled in excitement beside me and Vivian shushed them. I put my fingers to the glass and stared into his green eyes, mouthing the word good-bye. He was practically running now, and neared the end of the train platform. He mouthed the word adieu and stopped, lifting a hand. A wave of sorrow washed through me, surprising me as I craned my neck to see him as long as I could. I wouldn't see him for a while, and this was the first time we'd been apart since I met him. His gesture had been undeniably moving. I knew for a fact he'd had several appointments this morning. Whom had he ignored in order to see me off?

"That might have been the most romantic thing I've ever seen," Lil said with a dreamy sigh, settling back in her seat once all we could see were city buildings and streets with countless people going about their days.

"I would quite agree," said a man, suddenly at the edge of our row. All four of us looked up at him—the blond man I thought had been watching me earlier. Will and Antonio rose behind him, concerned since he'd approached us without introduction. "That was Lord de Richelieu, wasn't it?"

"It was," I said before I'd thought it through. "Do you know Pierre?"

He gave me an odd smile. "Indeed. We have spoken on a number of occasions."

Will and Antonio eased back a half step with this revelation. But they did not leave. The man glanced over either shoulder at them, smiled again, and resettled his hat in the crook of his arm. "Gentlemen, ladies," he said to us all with a smart nod, and with that, he made his way down the aisle of the car, presumably heading toward the water closet.

"I told you we should have arranged for a private car," Vivian grumbled toward Will.

"And as I said," he returned benignly, "there were none to be had." His eyes followed the man. "Did you catch his name?"

I shook my head. "He didn't introduce himself. But if he knows Pierre, he can't be all bad, right?"

Will's eyes narrowed and flicked toward the window, where the petals of my rose were fluttering in the gathering breeze. "I would imagine Lord de Richelieu knows a great number of people," he said, almost to himself, then looked down the empty aisle.

"If we're to continue this journey," I said lowly, "we can't be looking over our shoulders the entire time, worried the kidnappers have returned."

"And he hardly seems the type," Viv added, equally as quiet. She lifted a hand and waved toward the end of the train. "So boldly approaching us."

"Quite," Will said, turning away then. But I could tell by the gingerly way he took his seat—as if poised to spring back up—that he didn't entirely agree.

I watched Will out of the corner of my eye as he leaned forward, arms on knees, to speak with his uncle, our tour guide, or "bear," who sat beside Antonio Lombardi, his fellow guide and guardian for our group. They had risked much, taking us to our next destination before we received the blessing of our fathers to do so after the attack at Pierre's chateau. As if he sensed that my gaze was still on him, Will glanced my way. I hurriedly turned my attention to the view outside my window, thinking of how he had saved me during the attack—and how that seemed to make Pierre jealous....

I shifted uneasily as I stared at Pierre's rose stubbornly clinging to the crevice in the window. It was actually timely, this parting. I needed some days to sort out just what I felt for Pierre de Richelieu. Or didn't feel. Accepting his sister's hospitality by staying in her Provençal chateau in Tarascon made me feel further ... entwined. And yet the promise that we would literally be staying in a defensible fortress might very well be the only thing that would keep our fathers from sending an armed horde to collect us and cart us back to America. We were willing to do anything to continue this tour across Europe. Whatever it took.

Behind Vivian sat her beau, Andrew, reading a newspaper, sitting next to his younger brother, Hugh, who was already in the midst of a hand of gin rummy with Felix, my half brother. The rest of the car was filled with twelve others. Two of them—Yves and Claude—were private detectives our bear had hired to ensure our safety, the remaining number a mix of Parisians and tourists. The blond man had not yet returned. Thoughts of him made me wish for the private car, as Viv did. Not that it mattered all that much in terms of finery or comfort when comparing it with our first-class cabin. Deeply burnished mahogany graced the tables and trim. Rich, autumn-hued toile covered the cushions. Matching drapes were tied back beside each window. At the bar at the far end of the car were crystal decanters and goblets rattling and clinking as we crossed rough patches.

All in all, it was much finer than anything I'd ever experienced in my former life. It caught me ... that odd sense of experience, understanding. A year ago, I would have been wide-eyed in wonder at such lavish surroundings. Now it felt more like I belonged within it. I wasn't sure whether or not I liked it, that I felt that way. What would happen to me when I returned to my normal, simple life? To school? A small town? Much of it beckoned to me. But never had it felt more distant than it did to me now.

Over the next hour, we slipped away from the last vestiges of the city and eased into hills ruled by French vintners and farmers. There were rows upon rows of spindly grapevines stubbornly making their way out of rocky soil; orchards of silvery-green olive trees; fields full of sunflowers not yet giving way to their heavy, yellow hats. The sun, rising hot and shoulder high, shone across my lap like a brilliant, golden blanket. Overcome by sudden weariness, I unpinned my hat, leaned my head against the window, and gradually succumbed to sleep even as Lillian and Nell, the youngest of both families, giggled beside me.

I cared not whether they laughed, nor whether there was any impropriety in my head rolling to one side or my mouth hanging open. As long as I did not end up snoring like a drunken sod, I figured a rest was warranted. Given the events of the day before, none of us had slept much, and we were all tired. Besides, the long train ride south was to take all day. If I could sleep away an hour or two of it, all the better.

When I awakened from my nap to find the girls now fighting sleep beside me, I smiled, stretched my neck a bit, and then picked my way past Lil to make my own visit to the WC. There were private water closets, or "WCs,"—one for men, one for women—on either end of the car. Vivian smiled at me, her green-brown eyes shifting to the girls. I was almost past the young gentlemen in our company when Hugh grabbed my wrist. I frowned down at him in irritation. "What's this?" he said, dropping my hand and shrugging as if unfairly accused by my look alone. "Come now. I only wanted a word." He flipped his brown hair out of his eyes.

I sighed. "What is it, Hugh?" I asked, schooling my tone into something civil. I seemed to be on a new, fairly even path with my half siblings and their friends, and I didn't wish to ruin it.

He smiled, catlike, and folded his arms, glancing at Felix, then back to me. "I only wished to know what our Parisian host meant by his grand gesture as we departed." He pointed toward where the rose had been, now long since blown away with the wind.

"I don't see how that's any of your affair."

"Oh, but it is, actually. As you dozed away the morning," he said, gesturing toward my seat, "I was thinking of a new import business Pierre may be interested in discussing. When shall we expect him to next join us?"

I eyed my brother, and Felix gave me a little shrug as if to say a joint venture wasn't impossible. I straightened. "Pierre was going to do his best to see us before we finished our week in Provence and moved northward. He does intend, however, to meet up with us in Venice, if not before."

"Ahh, yes. Venezia." Hugh picked up his hand of cards again. "A fine place for romantic trysts."

"Hugh," Felix warned.

"Forgive me," Hugh said, arching a brow, but with no trace of apology behind the words.

I sighed, rolled my eyes, and moved on toward the WC. As I reached the end of the car, the thick-necked, barrel-chested private detective, Yves, set aside his paper and rose, pulling aside the curtain that led to the tiny alcove. Feeling the heat of a blush rise up my neck, I looked into his small eyes. I knew he was only there to look after us, but did he intend to stand outside the WC door? What possible trouble could I encounter there? I ignored my impulse to protest, knowing this was a necessary evil if we were to continue on the Grand Tour. And after the events at Chateau Richelieu, I supposed it would be better to find comfort in the detectives' presence rather than protest it.

Yves rapped on the WC door before me, paused, and then turned the knob. Two steps away, the train steward's eyes widened. Yves glanced inside and, apparently mollified that no kidnapper lurked atop the sink, gestured inward. I entered and closed the door behind me, knowing before I saw myself in the mirror that a mortified blush now covered my face. But as I stared at my reflection I giggled. "Well, now you can say you've been escorted into a restroom, Cora," I muttered to myself before beginning the complicated process of seeing to my business in frightfully tight quarters. I shuddered to think what the second-class cars' WC might be like. While they could not be any smaller, they were likely more rustic.

Afterward, I filled the basin with a bit of water, splashing my face. I'd become accustomed to the noise and sway of the train, much as I'd found my sea legs aboard ship, but here in the WC, the clack of the wheels crossing sections of rails was much louder than anything upon the sea.

A knock at the door startled me. "Mademoiselle?"

"Oui?" I said, leaning close, using some of the little French I knew.

"Êtes-vous bien?"

Was he inquiring after me? Heavens! One would think I'd been in here for hours! Was there a time limit in French train bathrooms? "Oui, oui!" I called, hoping my tone said, Leave me be.

I wiped my face with a soft, Egyptian cotton towel and set it to one side, knowing the steward would replace it after I left. Then I straightened my traveling suit's periwinkle jacket and exited, barely glancing at Yves as I passed him. It was one thing to keep an eye on someone and another to invade their privacy. I'd have to speak to Will about just what was appropriate.

I made my way to my seat just as another steward flicked out a white linen cloth across the table I shared with Lil and Nell. They'd awakened and stretched luxuriously, blinking with wide-eyed anticipation for the pot of tea and delicate pastries awaiting us on the cart.

"That suit complements your eyes, Cora," Lillian said, greedily reaching for the first pastry, a luscious-looking croissant filled with a berry jam.

"Thank you," I said, as I took my seat. Again, I marveled at the idea of having more than a couple of dresses. Now I had trunks full of them.

Without asking, the steward poured each of us a cup of tea before moving on to the next table. I stirred a spoonful of sugar and some milk into mine and waited for Nell to choose her pastry before taking my own. I tore off a bite and slid it into my mouth, the delicate layers practically melting on my tongue. If there was one thing the French knew how to do exceedingly well, it was baking. Never in my life had I had such delicacies.

"So," I said, taking a sip of my tea. "Pierre told me of his sister's chateau. Would you like to hear about it?"

"Oh," Lillian breathed. Then she clapped excitedly. "Yes, please."

Nell nodded enthusiastically, her coils of hair bouncing.

"Apparently, the chateau sits directly upon the Rhône River, on the site of an ancient Roman castle. Its presence has long taunted its enemies across the water in Beaucaire, but, reportedly, people of both cities shared a fear of the Tarasque."

Both girls stared at me with rounded eyes. "What is the Tarasque?" Nell asked, as if half afraid to know the answer.

I shook my head and pursed my lips as if vacillating in my decision about whether to tell them. I glanced at Vivian, and she gave me a small smile, already well versed in the game of older siblings.

"Please, Cora, tell us," Lil pleaded.

"All right, then. I know you two are quite grown-up ladies. So promise me, if we go for a swim, you mustn't fear the monster."

Nell narrowed her eyes at me. "Monster," she said flatly.

"Indeed. For many, many years, both those in Beaucaire and Tarascon feared the Tarasque, a river monster that ate both cattle and children."

"Well, fortunately for us, we are neither cattle nor children," Lil said primly.

"I'm sure you're quite right," I said, nodding and taking another sip of tea. The blond stranger passed by us then, and Vivian's eyes met mine. How odd that he had been gone, all this time. Or had he slipped back in while I slept and left again? I consciously kept my gaze on my tea and croissant, never looking his way.

"Perhaps the old monster's eyesight isn't what it once was," Felix said over his shoulder as he played a card.

"Yes," Hugh said, joining in as he studied his hand. "I've heard tell that his teeth have fallen out and he simply gums his victims, breaking their bones until they're a mushy mass he can swallow."

"Ewww," Nell said, wrinkling up her pert little nose. Then her eyebrows lifted. "Do either of you want that last pastry?"

I shook my head, as did Lil, and the round-faced girl eagerly scooped the pastry onto her plate.

"What else do you know of the chateau?" Lillian asked, tilting her head.

"It's lovely and has survived through the ages, mostly as a prison. Pierre's brother-in-law purchased it some time ago and restored it for his new bride. There is even a moat and drawbridge on the side that isn't guarded by the river herself."

"And both square and circular towers," Will said, across the aisle. He gave me a gentle smile, nodding in obvious appreciation for my knowledge. "My uncle and I have admired it from afar in previous years but have never been inside. We very much look forward to the opportunity."

"As do I," I said, meeting his intense gaze.

His look made my breath catch in surprise. Because if I wasn't mistaken, he wasn't just talking about architecture and history.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren. Copyright © 2013 Lisa T. Bergren. Excerpted by permission of David C. Cook.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Cover,
Part I ~PROVENCE~,
CHAPTER ONE,
CHAPTER TWO,
CHAPTER THREE,
CHAPTER FOUR,
CHAPTER FIVE,
CHAPTER SIX,
CHAPTER SEVEN,
CHAPTER EIGHT,
CHAPTER NINE,
CHAPTER TEN,
CHAPTER ELEVEN,
CHAPTER TWELVE,
CHAPTER THIRTEEN,
CHAPTER FOURTEEN,
CHAPTER FIFTEEN,
Part II ~GENEVA~,
CHAPTER SIXTEEN,
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN,
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN,
CHAPTER NINETEEN,
CHAPTER TWENTY,
Part III ~VIENNA~,
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE,
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO,
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE,
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR,
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE,
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX,
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN,
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT,
Part IV ~VENEZIA~,
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE,
CHAPTER THIRTY,
CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE,
CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO,
CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE,
AfterWords,
Discussion Questions,
Chat with the Author,
Historical Notes,
Acknowledgments,
Still Want to Know More?,
Extras,

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    I have mixed emotions when it comes to this book. On one hand

    I have mixed emotions when it comes to this book. On one hand I like the characters overall and I really love their Grand Tour journey. On the other hand, I felt this book was really pulled down with Cora's indecisiveness and her naivety.

    I was a little put off by Cora and her ability to string both men along. Maybe it's the fact that she's never really been courted and the idea that now two men are vying for her affections is appealing to her. There were times I think she was just enjoying the attention lavished on her. Ass in the fact that both men are from so different backgrounds, that I think it was hard for her to know which one might be better suited to her. She has to find her own place in this new world she has found herself in.

    I also thought she was really naive when it came to several things. First, did she really think that she would be able to go on this trip and then just go back to her old life? Despite her instance that nothing has changed, I guarantee that she has grown accustomed to certain aspects of being wealthy. And there were times I could not believe her thought process when it came to Will. For being so prime and proper all the time, she really didn't seem to care what his position was in the whole matter. There was a whole lot more at stake for him.

    Despite these drawbacks, I still enjoyed the book. The story takes a journey throughout countries at a time that I'm just not a familiar with. I think it shows a slightly different perspective plus at times shows how different life was in Europe than America at the time (especially in Cora's case). I also find some of the women's equal rights discussions interesting. Cora's never believed in a man's vs women's world and that's certainly not about to change. But her new family definitely has different views on that.

    Add it some intense events scattered throughout the story, and there was never a moment that I wanted to put the book away for awhile. I just kept reading. And, its a long one at almost 450 pages. I'm looking forward to see how the story ends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    I¿ve been anxiously awaiting this book, because I so much enjoye

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book, because I so much enjoyed Glamorous Illusions—the previous book in this series. I couldn’t wait to see how Cora’s life would continue; for which young man she’d choose how the relationship would develop with her long lost brothers and sisters…

    Lisa Bergren is a great author—she has a marvelous way with words. In this novel the words also flowed from the pages, but for some reason this second book in the Grand Tour Series didn’t capture my attention as much as the first book did. I think I’ve picked up the book about 5 times to put it down again after a couple of pages. Although I’m still a great Lisa T. Bergren fan, this book is not among my favorites and it’s not likely I will pick up the third and last book in this series.

    *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    This is a great book. There are so many nail biting and exciting

    This is a great book. There are so many nail biting and exciting parts going on that you want to and feel like you have to keep reading. I cannot wait for the next book to come out and see how this wonderful series ends.




    I love the way the characters in the book seek the Lord in their times of difficulties and look to Him for the answers to life.Wilani

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    Lisa Bergren continues to draw me in with her second novel in th

    Lisa Bergren continues to draw me in with her second novel in the Grand Tour series! I absolutely love the beautiful imagery she gives us as Cora and her siblings travel all over Europe! She is so descriptive that I have no trouble visualizing the family there!

    I really liked how Lisa brought a lot of suspense in this one with the kidnappers as well as the outings that sometimes went wrong. Their were many times she had me on the edge of my seat since I was unsure what was going to happen, especially when Will and Cora decide to try and draw in the kidnappers by their new plan!

    Their was also great romance that made me squeal with delight (I don't what to give it away so I won't say who it involves), but also make my heart break. I love Will and Pierre, but Cora will only have the one she has given her heart too! I feel bad for the man who did not claim her heart because he is so wonderful!

    My favorite part of the entire novel was the ending when Cora takes a stand against her father! She was so bold and I love how she pushed to make her own decisions instead of someone making them for her!

    I am greatly looking forward to Glittering Promises to see how the rest of the tour will be and how Cora taking a stand will effect Vivian as well the others! I am also looking forward to Cora's growing romance with that certain someone!

    Great novel overall!

    I received this for free by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review!

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    Romance, danger, travel through Europe, and people who live in a

    Romance, danger, travel through Europe, and people who live in a magnificent, historic castle…Lisa T. Bergren sets the stage for intrigue in her second novel of “The Grand Tour Series,” Grave Consequences.

    Bergren opens the narrative with two strong, contrasting emotions. Cora, along with her half-siblings and wealthy friends, are traveling by rail to Provence, France. As the train is leaving the platform, a wealthy French lord, Pierre de Richelieu, rushes to her window with a red rose. Then he kisses his fingers and places them against the glass. “That might have been the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen,” says her companion Lil. But fantasies of love are cut short as Cora notices a suspicious man several rows up spying on her. The danger of being kidnapped is all too real.

    Like all good romances, the hero and heroine need to find their way to one another. The pathway becomes even more complicated when there are two attractive suitors. Both charming Pierre and the grounded tour guide Will are vying for lovely Cora’s affections, pulling her in opposite directions. In the meantime, our heroine if facing personal challenges as she has discovered that she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper baron who intends to control her future.

    Lisa Bergren’s writing is rich with historic detail and vivid scenes. For example: “It was exhilarating, being here, so near the top of the mountains, on top of this ice set in place by the hand of God thousands of years ago…. Along the two miles we walked, we saw cirques—rounded carvings in stone and ice, like massive, natural amphitheaters. We saw ridges hewn into razor-sharp tips, and valleys in sweeping, rounded rivers still filled with the last vestiges of glacial meltings.”

    I admire authors who challenge readers while entertaining them with a good story. In Grave Consequences, Cora observes, “As with so much else that was right and true in life, we got lost in the particulars and lost sight of what was right and true in the first place—we concentrated on the things that divided us rather than the things that unified us. Love. Grace. Peace.”

    Later, she asks, “Would this journey leave me lost rather than found?” What a profound question for each of us to ask ourselves as we take our own journeys through life.

    Personally, I would have liked to see a two-page recap of the first book for those who haven’t read it as well as for those who read it but would appreciate a reminder of the characters and plot.

    I recommend this book for readers who enjoy inspirational fiction and clean romance with an underlying spiritual message. Fortunately, readers won’t have to wait long for the third book in the series, Glittering Promises, to be released this fall.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues in the 2nd Book of the Gra


    The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues in the 2nd Book of the Grand Tour series 
    Grave Consequences by Lisa T Bergren

    I quickly discovered I needed to read 'Glamorous Illusions', before I had the background necessary for Book 2 in Ms Bergren's Grand Tour Series. 
    With the stage set, I began this 2nd leg of the journey...
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    Hair-raising adventures dogged the Kensington and Morgan families from Paris to Austria to Italy. Red herrings and ruses thrown in to confuse any resolutions kept the tension building. 
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    Our feisty protagonist, Cora, seems to have a flair for the dramatic, managing to get herself and not a few of the other entourage members into hot water. Repeatedly. She never seems to recognize the outcome of her decisions will affect more than herself. 
    Grave Consequences indeed...
    Whilst I appreciated many of her strengths of character, others, due to her immaturity, were borderline.  Scenes with her father were dynamite interactions calling for every
    available inner resource she possessed.
    Her growth of character ending this 2nd installment was valued.
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    The romantic scenes offer a lovely tension, emotionally engaging this reader.  
    Cora's confusion regarding her two pursuers is tangible.  I have the delightful advantage, as a reader, to make my own choice!
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    Descriptive picturing of locations, people, settings, add to the appeal of the era. Historic information provided via tour presentations serves the reader well without being documentary. An added insight into these characters through their teaching methods and dialogue, and their choice of activities provided for these Grand Tourists. It certainly stirred up my own interest regarding their various ports of call. Live concerts in Vienna featuring the work of historic composers, balls [and ballgown shopping!], picnics in France's meadows overlooking waterscapes, champagne and strawberries at every turn... ahhh - not hard to picture the life Ms Bergren is presenting to her readers.
    *
    The ending? Absolutely delicious. 
    Fantastic story twist setting the stage of anticipation for book 3, 
    Glittering Promises, due this October 1st. 

    Enough summer reading time to complete books 1+2 in preparation. Enjoy!

    *
    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, Colorado.
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    *With appreciation to David C Cook for providing an ebook to read and review without obligation.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Second in Series Adds Depth I really enjoyed the first book

    Second in Series Adds Depth




    I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but I thought that this book changed some adding depth to the characters and broadening the story. Few of us today realize the constraints that people and especially women lived their lives before WWI. All the members of the traveling party grow due to their experiences, as was the intention of the parents that sent them. The scenery and activities are beautiful and interesting, with enough action to keep the reader connected to the story. I thought this book was better than the first, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romantic fiction without the romance element hitting the unbelievable level.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren was a great story about th

    Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren was a great story about the continuing travels of the Kensington’s and Morgan’s. It is still the summer of 1913 and the Kensington and Morgan siblings are continuing their Grand Tour in spite of the attempted kidnappings and other problems they faced during the first half of the tour. Cora’s journey of a lifetime is also giving her a chance to get to know herself, to realize what she truly believes about God, and to discover what she really wants out of life. Cora is also still trying to decide if it is Will or Pierre that she truly loves and this indecision seems to put a lot of plans in danger. As the group travels through Austria, France, and Italy, they realize that the man attempting to kidnap Cora is still following them. The two fathers have joined the group for the travels through Italy. It is in Italy that the kidnapper makes his final move which leads to a lot of suspense. It is somewhat of a surprise when the identify of the person who hired the kidnapper is revealed. I had a feeling that the person was involved but was still surprised at how and why he was involved.




    Just as in the first book, the author again did an excellent job developing the characters and bringing them to life. The plot had several twists and turns and the suspense just kept building with each chapter. Just as I had everything all figured out, something else would happen and I was again left wondering. With Will now the bear of the group, the lectures about what they were seeing were more interesting for the group. As he was describing all the things they were seeing, I was seeing them in my mind right along with the group. The dialogue and interactions of all the characters were also very well developed. The author’s extensive research was evident throughout the book.




    I recommend this book just as highly as I did the first in the series. Actually this book just might be a little more exciting, at least for Cora but that excitement is tempered with a good bit of fear. There also seems to be more interaction between Cora and Will which I really enjoyed.




    I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    "How much did we do in life that was the result of what oth

    "How much did we do in life that was the result of what others around us demanded? Rather than what God was calling us to do?"

    Cora Kensington has it hard. Taken from her comfortable country home and parents, she's brought into a well-to-do family she didn't know she belonged to until recently. Lime-light didn't seem to suit her, but now she has a part to play in it, and she must learn to cope with it. As well as her biological father's wishes for her.

    This is the second book in Lisa T. Bergren's Grand Tour series, and although I didn't read the first, I didn't have a difficult time in finding my way around this one. It wasn't exactly stand-alone, but it was understandable and made me want to pick up the first book of the series.
    Ms. Bergren takes us on our own Grand Tour with her rich tapestry of writing and flowing descriptions of places most of us are likely never to travel. Full of gorgeous imagery, at times you can almost smell the places Cora and the others are visiting. Add a little romantic angst, (and who doesn't love that?!) a little intrigue, and a little suspense, and you have a wonderful book to spend your weekend with. Recommend!

    **My thanks to David C Cook publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts are my own, and I was not required they be positive.**

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    In the sequel to Glamorous Illusions, we rejoin Cora Diehl Kensi

    In the sequel to Glamorous Illusions, we rejoin Cora Diehl Kensington on her grand tour of Europe with her newly discovered half-siblings. While things are going better for Cora with her family, things are only becoming more difficult in her romantic life. She's being aggressively pursued by a dashing Frenchman, Pierre. However, Cora's heart seems to be drifting toward their young tour leader Will. All the while Cora and company are still being chased by the people that kidnapped Cora and her sister in France. With new friends and some twists and turns, Cora must navigate Europe and her new social status. Cora's not sure though that she will be able to get everything she wants. 




    I found the first book very interesting, so I was excited to read the sequel. It was definitely a lot of fun. Cora's world is becoming increasing more difficult to navigate through, and you can't help but feel for her. She so wants to be able to live her life as she chooses, but this is looking less and less likely. Her newly discovered biological father has much bigger plans for her, and everyone around her is sure to tell her that Wallace Kensington always gets his way. While this doesn't sit well with Cora, she soon discovers there is a lot of truth in this. Cora is being pursued by the French Lord Pierre, but it doesn't take her long to realize her heart actually belongs to Will. Circumstances quickly change though, and it seems like Cora and Will will have a difficult road ahead if they want to be with each other.




    Like any good middle book, this one leaves you with a lot more questions than answers. To be honest, I'm not sure how Cora is going to get any of the things she truly desires. That makes things more exciting though. This book manages to move the story along at a fairly good pace while really setting up the next book. I could have done with maybe a little less of the back and forth between Cora and Will on their feelings for each other, particularly when they had already confessed those feelings for each other. That didn't make a lot of sense to me. Overall though, that's a minor point. This book is able to make you feel like you are there in the time and the place exploring with Cora. I look forward to the next book. I really want to know how it all turns out. 




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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    I read this book and it was incredible. Cora continues her jour

    I read this book and it was incredible.

    Cora continues her journey on the Grand Tour in Europe along with her siblings. During this beautiful trip, she learns how to win the heart of her relatives and she also finds out that she loves Will, the young tour guide. In the second book of this beautiful Grand Tour series, the author analyze more deep Cora's choices and her character. Cora learns how to be more mature and how to become more stronger. She has to choose between Will, a poor tour guide and Pierre a rich, handsome French man. During this beautiful tour, Cora and her siblings will encounter many dangers. A mysterious man, named Art will join the group and the kidnappers from the first book, will not cease to pursue them.

    I love the way, the characters evolved during the story, how they could see clear in their mind what they truly are and want. This book is a journey through the beautiful cities of Europe and also a journey of hearts. You will forget that you read because you will be transported right in the middle of this beautiful story. The words of this book are like vivid image. This novel is amazing. I received this book as an e-book copy for an honest review from the publisher.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    This 2nd book in the Grand Tour Series was even better than the

    This 2nd book in the Grand Tour Series was even better than the first!  I couldn't put it down.  And when I had to, I was wondering what was happening to the characters!
    Lisa Bergren wrote this story so well that I truly felt like I was travelling right along with Cora Kensington & her half siblings!
    Can't wait for the next book in the series!  Write fast!!

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Hooray! This second book in the Grand Tour series by Bergren did

    Hooray! This second book in the Grand Tour series by Bergren did most certainly not disappoint in the least! It was absolutely riveting…I couldn’t stop reading. The story moves along quickly and smoothly through several fascinating European locations, following the travels and yes, drama, of Cora and her companions. It’s full of well-thought-out plot twists and turns that you most certainly will not suspect. Between those enthralling locations (can I go?! Please?!), gripping suspense (you won’t be able to put it down either…), and unexpected surprises, this book come together as a must-have for any Bergren fan. Just make sure you read “Glamorous Illusions,” book one, first…it’s crucial to understanding this one. Be warned – it doesn’t end with everything neatly wrapped up! There’s still a dose of mystery (and we have to wait HOW LONG for “Glittering Promises”?!). Overall, it was an amazing book and I did love it.
    **Litfuse Publicity Group supplied me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I paid in any way other than the book.**

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Grave Consequences is a book that will sweep you into the world

    Grave Consequences is a book that will sweep you into the world of the uber-rich during the Gilded Age. I felt like I became the silent member of a group of Americans on their Grand Tour of Europe. The book is a sweeping continuation of the series and one that left me dying for the next installment...enough so I've been tempted to drive to Colorado and beg the author for an early copy.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    The first book in the Grand Tour series made my "best of&qu

    The first book in the Grand Tour series made my "best of" list for 2012, so I was really looking forward to reading Grave Consequences to see how the story continued. I was excited to pick up where Book 1 left off (so you'll definitely want/need to read them in order) and continue on their Grand Tour. One of the best parts of this book to me was the journey through France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Lisa's descriptions of these incredible places have definitely given me a bit of travel fever! Now if only I could figure out how to travel back in time 100 years to see it as Cora did!

    Cora really began to come into her own in this book. It felt like she was more comfortable with herself and with her new siblings and their friends. A few times, I saw that she was really struggling with what her life would be like after the Grand Tour was over and she returned home. The love triangle that she finds herself in was definitely interesting. I really liked one of the two guys (though the other one is a great guy too), but I'm not sure that she's going to choose him in the end.

    Grave Consequences was full of suspense and intrigue as the traveling party is still being followed and harassed by strange men. As bad things continued to happen, I loved seeing how the different characters responded. It made for an interesting adventure!

    The only drawback is that we'll have to wait until this fall to read the conclusion to this incredible series. I can't wait to find out who Cora falls in love with and how their story ends (or begins :)! [5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook & Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    Lisa T. Bergren in her new book ¿Grave Consequences¿ Book Two in

    Lisa T. Bergren in her new book “Grave Consequences” Book Two in The Grand Tour Series published by David C. Cook returns us to the life of Cora Kensington in 1913.

    From the back cover: The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues

    For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.

    And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.

    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 is through France then into Austria and Italy. I have to admit I wouldn’t mind making this trip, it sounds so interesting and such a lot of fun. In a three-act play the first act is very upbeat, then the second act usually has a disaster or tragedy while the third act turns it all around and everyone ends upbeat. Ms. Bergen has written a three-act story with her Grand Tour series. Take a look at the cover it is a night scene, or dark, compared to the bright daylight scene from book one. Now look at the title that should give you the idea that while this story is highly interesting it does have “heavy” moments. Everything Cora knew about herself is destroyed and she can never go back to what was her home in Montana. So, while she physically journeys across the countries of Europe, she is spiritually on a journey to discover, not only who she is in her new identity as a Kensington, but who she is in Christ. In Grave Consequences she starts to slowly uncover that piece by piece. “Grave Consequences” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I recommend this book highly and look forward, with some sadness, to the next book, the conclusion, in this series.

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    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.”

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    I couldn't wait for this second book to come out, and as usual L

    I couldn't wait for this second book to come out, and as usual Lisa did not disappoint. This book picked up where Grand Illusions left off, and I had no problems picking up the story line. 

    I enjoyed watching the relationships grow and change between Cora and her siblings as well as the other members of the Tour. Without giving anything away I can say that I felt that both Cora and Will had to do some serious soul searching in this book. I learned much about the history of Europe as the group traveled around, and the intrigue and suspense had me unable to put the book down several times. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen there was another twist and the plotline took another turn. Each of the characters matured during this part of the journey as well.

    I now can't wait for the final book in this series to come out. Lisa has done extensive research and the story lines as well as the historical and geographical content are all done wonderfully. I highly recommend this book. 

    *I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    This book drew my emotions through the wringer. So often I felt

    This book drew my emotions through the wringer. So often I felt the pain and betrayel as though I really was Cora. You know an author is amazing when the reader feels personally involved in the story. So many times I wanted to jump inside the book and help Cora wade through the backstabing, manipulation, and confusion.


    And the romance! So sweet and yet heartbreaking. To know that you love one man while everyone tells you that you are never meant to be. Then for them to thrust a Prince Charming at you instead. Sometimes I think I far more upset about it than Cora was.


    I can not wait for the next book (coming out in October) in order to exsperience more of Cora's adventures.

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    Posted March 8, 2013

    Another heart wrenching tale from Lisa T Bergren!  Full of ups a

    Another heart wrenching tale from Lisa T Bergren!  Full of ups and downs, it was truly hard to put down. A young woman, born in a small town in montana, continues on her "Grand Tour" of europe with her newly found half-siblings and the Morgans, Longtime family friends of her fathers. Deaths, Attempted kidnappings, a forbidden love and a forced courting are many of the twists and turns in Lisa T Bergren's newest Chapter in this wonderful series!.   Lisa has a way of writing that just sucks the reader into the story. The places she describes and the way she does it makes you feel like your right there in Paris and Venezia.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

     Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author/Litfuse Publicity Group/David C. Cook Publishing for review.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    In book two of THE GRAND TOUR Series, Cora Kensington and her si

    In book two of THE GRAND TOUR Series, Cora Kensington and her siblings continue the grand tour on shaky ground.  They have agreed, that even in impending danger, to continue on to meet their father at the next stop in their tour.  Mr. Kensington agrees to let them go on with the tour but has decided to join the tour to make sure there is no danger lurking after his children. When a tagalong with their group betrays them Mr. Kensington puts his foot down.




    Cora informs him she is in charge of her own life and that she loves Will.  Her father would never welcome a tour guide to court one of his daughters.  This angers her father and gives her an ultimatum. He orders her to court and marry someone of his choosing.  She feels as if she is trapped by her fathers demands. 




    With worrying about her Papa's health, her dictator of a birth father and the possible loss of the man she truly loves, what does her future hold.  Let's not forget constantly looking over her shoulder for fear of her or the others she has become to love might be kidnapped or possibly killed.




    The author has continued right where book one, Glamorous Illusions left off, with suspense, mystery, romance, reconciliation  and danger around every corner. I devoured the history the author provided, making me feel as if I were actually on the tour.  




    This book was in my hands every time I left a room, it stayed with me.  My family is getting use to me getting lost in my reading especially when it is one so well written.  




    I want book 3, Glittering Promises now!  But we have to wait patiently until October 2013 for it's release, you may want to pre-order the book.




    I highly recommend this book.




    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author/Litfuse Publicity Group/David C. Cook Publishing for review.

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