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.
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 believesâ€”regardless of how that might challenge current family and cultural normsâ€”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.
The romance between Pierre de Richelieu and Cora has caused me many an anxious night, while anticipating the ending of The Grand Tour series. I wanted Cora to end up with Will, but Pierre is so romantic and persistent I simply couldn't ignore his place in line for Cora's heart. I still haven't reconciled Pierre's willingness to overlook the fondness she had for Will, but Pierre loved her enough to give her a chance to discover who she as a new heiress. If you have followed the series you may be surprised who she ends up giving her heart to, but I was completely amazed by whom she chose. As I stated previously, I preferred Will for her. The romance of an heiress marrying a lowly tour guide would have been the truest proof that she really loved him. Obviously he would have looked like a gold digger, but that's not really in Will's personality to take her for her money. On the other hand, Pierre was better matched for her in terms of wealth, but I was conflicted with the thinking that he may have wanted to join houses for her money as well! This was quite the roller coaster ride, and the writing was above par with the character conflicts, the historic detail, and the beautiful backdrop of Italy.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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.
After reading, Glamourous Illusions and Grave Consequences the first 2 books in the series, I was totally invested into the characters the beautiful historical settings of Europe that I'll only dream to see! Yet I have to agree with another reviewer that, Glittering Promises was a big disappointment to me :/ I adore Lisa Bergren's writing, she is brilliant in every way but I read an excerpt in the back of the book that while writing this final installment in the series, she was struggling with stress in her own personal life and unfortunately it shows in the book. I love Lisa, but she really should have taken an extended vacation or some other form of leisure so that she could finish this book with a clear head. :? I was just thrown for a loop, because Glittering Promises did not begin where I thought Grave Consequences left off, where Cora chose Will after dropping the flirty Parisian, Pierre and found out her old family farm was filled with wealth that her biological father Wallace was keeping from her, she told him off, and said she'd get a lawyer and her and Will would go back to Montana...but in GP, Cora and Will were still in Europe and Wallace decided to suddenly give her half of his fortune and company without any explanation? As much as I love Cora getting what's rightfully hers, I felt like I needed an explanation, it felt way to quick and rushed, something that really irritates me from having any emotional connection to these people. Then Pierre was back in the picture, which was even more chaotic. I felt like history was repeating itself after having thought this whole relationship was concluded! :/// I felt the whole love-triangle was totally unnecessary and it made Cora's character weak instead of firm and independent like she was from GC. To top it off Wallace dies, and I must say I was really, really disappointed because this man was just a great character, and I wanted to learn more about him and see his relationship with Cora grow! :((( So sad...so so sad. Even more sad, Pierre being a villain and Will interested in another woman...ugh!! :/// I would have loved to see Cora and Will already married and living in Montana and bringing the whole Kensington family there together in Montana to see what life is like in the country - NOW THAT WOULD BE ONE EPIC STORY I COULD SEE HAPPENING, but alas it didn't and I was just left with an ok finale, that left me wanting and wishing for what could have been. Yet *Thank you to the Publisher for letting me review a copy for a nonprofit, unbiased review*