There isn’t a historical series that has been more of a whirlwind than this atmospheric trilogy revolving around a girl coming of age in the most unusual circumstances. Classifying this as a “historical” is fair yet somehow doesn’t seem fitting since this novel covers so much ground. It seems unafraid to tackle deep-seated emotional scars as well as the delights of each city, from the City of Lights to the Ruins of Rome, it visits.
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STORY: Finding her identity (spiritually and as a person), Cora Diehl Kensington is ready to accept the responsibility of being a Kensington particularly running the mines Cora’s father has built with his business partner. This angers the Morgan’s and leaves Cora at odds over future business decisions. When tragedy strikes, Cora is again fighting to keep her emotional identity intact and find a way to outsmart the people who are still pursuing the tourists with ploys to destroy them.
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From the beginning, Lisa puts readers under a spell (in the best possible way) with this Grand Tour series. It excites and engages us with a story of four young socialites. There is much heightened excitement going into Glittering Promises and that excitement is definitely warranted! The first half of the novel follows in a “safe” manner and details touring experiences, and strengthens relationships, and then the second half puts everything on hold and becomes more an adventure. There are not one or two but three “big” game-changers and fortunately when all the dust settles, the good are still standing.
Throughout this entire series Cora is one of the good characters. Told mostly in her first-person narrative, she’s a young character as real as one is likely to be. The inner struggle within Cora is not only genuine, but quite realistic. She’s a character easy to relate to, as some of us do wonder what our place in the world looks like. Seeing how much stronger each of the relationships are in Glittering Promises is a joy. There’s good camaraderie and loyalty, too.
This novel is also an exceptional read for any historical addict. Pages (and pages!) of descriptions chronicle popular European places. To anyone who hasn’t read this series, I’d recommend reading them in the proper order. It’s not impossible to read them individually however there’s many threads that carry through each. Fortunately, I don’t think Lisa could end this more exceptionally. If there is one thing that disappoints, it’d be the revelation that one person whom I’d slowly came to trust is in reality, not a good person. This one thing isn’t enough to affect the rating of the book, and while it’s sad to wave goodbye to Cora and her travelling companions, it’s a good end.
The Grand Tour is not a journey anyone should miss. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, adventure, romance and history, all of which is comes together effortlessly.
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Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Grand Tour – Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
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