Review: Since first discovering she was a part of the prosperous, wealthy American copper family, the Kensington’s, Cora has begun to forge relationships with her half-siblings and their traveling party. Near-death experiences and grand parties have fashioned some of the most harrowing and wonderful experiences of Cora’s life. Feeling more accepted by her two sisters and brother, her heart has been thrown into turmoil. Dashing and handsome with a wealth beyond her imagination, Cora has caught the eye of Pierre, a member of Paris’ aristocracy whose wealth is welcomed in her father’s company but whose lifestyle seems more akin to that of royalty to the simple farming upbringing Cora had. Enchanted by his suit and kind-hearted manners, were her heart not already given to the young tour guide, Will – whom her stern father would never approve of – Cora could see herself welcoming Pierre’s suit. How can she go about pleasing her new family, protecting Will from the wrath her father could surely unleash all while staying true to her own self? Continue reading “Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren”
About the book:
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “The Grand Tour” (book 1 of 3)
Genre: Fiction, Christian Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Story (from the publisher): It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father’s health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her.
Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person’s education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning.
Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal.
My Thoughts: This is the first novel I have read by Bergren and I must say, as an author who was finally finding one of her novels on my bookshelf, the story first enticed me by its premise then left me intrigued like no other novel has. Or at least not in a looong time. Furthermore, when an author whose writing I find endearingly humorous compared it to Downton Abbey, I was pretty much “sold” on the idea that this novel couldn’t be anything but a keeper. It follows a young farm girl who learns she is not the biological daughter of the man she called “father” for her entire 20 years. She is actually the illegitimate daughter of Montana’s wealthiest copper king. In the aftermath of these events, Cora is plunged into a world she knows nothing of and feels forced towards social requirements and people she has no proper knowledge of but the true cusp of the story is in finding one’s identity. Something each of us will be able to relate to in some form or another. Continue reading “Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren”