Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review of "Glittering Promises"

Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Review: "Glittering Promises" marks the conclusion on a three novel tour of Europe, courtesy of Lisa T. Bergren. I felt well-acquainted with Cora, Will, and their travel group.  The dynamics between Cora, the Kensingtons, and the Morgans are already well-established by the beginning of "Glittering Promises." Cora's Grand Tour has been a journey of self-discovery, and the previous two novels have paved the way for the decisions she faces in the conclusion.  Everything comes to fruition in this final leg of the journey - Cora's place in the Kensington family, her new-found status as an heiress, and her relationship with Will and Pierre. Bergren offers a satisfying ending with the suspense, danger, romance, and beautiful scenery that make all three novels "must-reads." 

Although I enjoyed the characters and their stories in the Grand Tour series, the scenery is what I will remember most. Bergren is a competent tour guide, highlighting some of the most beautiful areas of Europe and their unique histories.  The series is almost like watching a travel show or movie, so realistic and vivid are the descriptions. "Glittering Promises" ventures into the Italian countryside, the ruins of Pompeii, and the iconic city of Rome. Even during slower points in the novel, the imagery supports and complements the plot and maintains the pace. 

After reading "Grave Consequences," I wondered how the love triangle between Cora, Will, and Pierre would be resolved.  Would I be left feeling sorry for someone's heartbreak?  The situation is resolved in a way that I did not expect.  While there is a touch of regret in the turn of events, there is an overriding sense of rightness and happiness, befitting the ending of a series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Summary from David C. Cook: 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 track 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...

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