Glittering Promises, Grand Tour Series #3
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.
January 7, 2014
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 CoraÃ¢ÂÂs 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 CoraÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
December 1, 2013
A Fantastic Conclusion
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.
November 17, 2013
Glittering Promises had promise but lost glitter..
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*
November 9, 2013