Over the last year and a half, I have been fortunate to be reviewing Lisa T. Bergren’s Grand Tour Series. In June 2012, I shared about Glamorous Illusions which kicked off the story. Then, in March 2013 I reviewed Grave Consequences. Now, I am back with my review of the final title in the series, Glittering Promises.
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About Glittering Promises
Lisa T. Bergren’s popular Grand Tour series concludes as Cora Kensington journeys farther into Italy, wrestles with a terrible ultimatum from her father, and comes to terms with the Father who will never fail her.
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 tracking 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 . . .
My Thoughts on Glittering Promises
Overall, I enjoyed having the opportunity to finish the Grand Tour series by reading this title. The characters were quite familiar at this point in time and I loved seeing how they all grew and matured during the short summer time frame. You saw how outside forces kept trying to thwart Cora’s ability to fully develop into the new role she was placed into when the summer began. And, the tension is high for her romance with Will as the nobleman from France, Pierre, continues to vie for her heart even after being told she only has eyes for Will.
One thing I loved about this particular title was all the lush descriptions of Italy. It had me longing to be on location to experience the sights and smells ‘in the flesh’. With a predominant portion of my heritage being Italian, I have a real tie to that country.
While I enjoyed the story, I have to admit that there were times when Cora’s flopping back and forth about whether she should be with Will or not started to drive me a bit nuts. I can be a bit fickle when it comes to big decisions and recognize that I probably drive my loved ones a little batty. So, maybe it was more of a character defect that I see in myself which jumped off the pages of this novel. Funny how we can see those traits in others (real or imaginary characters) that are ‘defects’ of our own.