Glittering Promises, Grand Tour Series #3
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
Loved the whole Grand Tour Series
After reading the first two books in the series (Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences) I wondered what else could be in store for the strong Cora Kensington and boy Lisa Bergren did not disappoint. With twists and turns at every corner Cora had to learn to stand on her own two legs, stand on her faith and stand on who God created her to be. Just when you think you have things figured out things change quickly and you find yourself left standing there with the wind knocked out of youÃ¢ÂÂ¦just as in life, you just never know what to expect.
I loved going on this Grand Tour with Cora and her siblings and can not wait to dig around to see what else Lisa T. Bergren has written, she truly has an incredible gift for bringing fiction and faith together.
November 3, 2013
Cora Kensington and her father try desperately to divert the journalist that have hounded all of them on the grand tour of Europe.
Since arriving in Italy they have managed to avoid the ever present journalist. Her father hired a public relations man to cope with the journalist. Even though she has spent more time with her father she is still at odds with him. She wonders if he will ever truly see her as his daughter the way he is with his other children.
This book has all the action, mystery, suspense and romance that the other books in this series had along with the perfect building up to the finale. I was not disappointed, a little shocked and surprised at the true colors of a couple of the characters. But that made a for a good twist to the story. So I suggest you read the series to find out what was so surprising about the characters.
Who will Cora choose to marry, If she marries at all?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from David C. Cook/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
November 3, 2013