About the Book:
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Grand Tour – Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
There isn’t a historical series that has been more of a whirlwind than this atmospheric trilogy revolving around a girl coming of age in the most unusual circumstances. Classifying this as a “historical” is fair yet somehow doesn’t seem fitting since this novel covers so much ground (so much more than merely a historical delight), and seems unafraid to tackle deep-seated emotional scars as well as the delights of each city it visits – from the City of Lights to the Ruins of Rome. Having found her identity – both spiritual and as an heiress, Cora Diehl Kensington is ready to accept some of the responsibilities of being a Kensington particularly running the mines in the Morgan-Kensington name that Cora’s father has built with his business partner; this angers the Morgan’s and leaves Cora at odds over future business decisions. When tragedy strikes, Cora is again fighting to keep her emotional identity intact and find a way to outsmart the people who are still pursuing the tourists with ploys to destroy them.
From the very beginning, Lisa has entranced readers (in the best possible way) of this Grand Tour series, exciting us and engaging us with the story of four young socialites who came together to form a close-knit family and made new friendships in the progression of each “journey.” There was much heightened excitement going into Glittering Promises and that excitement was definitely warranted! The first half of the novel follows in a “safe” manner and details touring experiences, and fortifies relationships, and then the second half put everything on hold and “upped” the adventure aspects. There are not one or two but three “big” game-changers and fortunately when all the dust settles, the good are still left standing – just as any good author should end a saga.
Throughout this entire series I was so impressed with the leading character, Cora. Told mostly through her first-person perspective I couldn’t help but believe that finally an author had given us a young character as real as one was likely to ever get. Raised as a simple farm girl and thrust into the spotlight when she discovers her biological father is actually a wealthy “copper king,” the inner-struggle within Cora not only “felt” genuine… it was quite realistic. With exception to her doubts about a suitor, how easily Cora became accustomed to lush amenities and lifestyle changes was nothing but accurate yet still there was a part of her who never forgot the roots she came from – that is what made Cora a heroine to applaud and wish well. Even if we’ve never been placed in the same situations she was, that was something relatable, a part of us wondering what our place in the world would be. Seeing how much stronger each of the relationships were in Glittering Promises was a joy. I adored experiencing the closeness between Cora and her sister’s or how easily Felix was rankled if anyone spoke out of turn towards his sister – their camaraderie and loyalty to one another was so much more mature and unbreakable compared to when it started and because of that, Lisa gave fans who only wanted a happy relationship between these friends and protagonist a lovely ending.
Not only is the character growth outstanding but the author has also carved out an exceptional novel for any historical addict. There are pages of descriptions chronicling well-known places in Europe. Even as a girl who hasn’t seen Paris or been to mansions, I found these scenes well defined. Anyone who hasn’t read this series, I’d recommend reading them in the proper order. It’s not impossible to read them individually however there are many threads that carry through each. As a fan from the beginning, I don’t think Lisa could have ended this more exceptionally. If there was one thing that I was disappointed by, it’d be the revelation that one person whom I’d slowly came to trust was in reality, not a good person. There is a point when doubt creeps in but until then, still I was convinced. This one thing wasn’t enough to down the rating of the book or make me question the frame of the stories;. they were beautifully told and expressed, and while it’s sad to wave goodbye to Cora and her travelling companions, I’m also eager to embark on Lisa’s new adventures. The Grand Tour is not a journey anyone should miss. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, adventure, romance and history, all of which is effortlessly woven together by the pen of the talented Lisa T. Bergren.
Synopsis: America’s newest heiress must decide if her potential fortune is rationale enough to give up her freedom and all that God is leading her toward. And when her newly-discovered siblings are threatened with ruin, her quandary deepens. Then as Cora nears Rome, more journalists are track the news story of the decade—“Copper Cora,” the rags-to-riches girl—and want to know more about her family and the men vying for her attention. Meanwhile, a charming Italian countess decides that if Cora isn’t going to claim Will’s heart, she might just try…
Coming Next from Lisa T. Bergren: The year is 2095. Gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life.
The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors. Together, they are a force that will be difficult to bring down.
But the Sons of Sheol, of course, are determined to do just that. As the Remnants begin their mission to course-correct humanity by saving and protecting key individuals, their enemies move to stop them, placing the entire world in peril. – February 2014
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Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes