Glittering Promises


Title: Glittering Promises
Series: The Grand Tour
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Published: October 1, 2013
Pages: 464


Cora Diehl Kensington’s summer has been full of adventure and life changing events. During this trip of a lifetime, she’s discovered family she never knew she had and possibly even kind the love she’s been waiting for in Will. However, her life seem to get more complicated day after day with more responsibility, more notability, and more struggles in love. Cora’s life seems to have taken a turn into a life that’s even more complicated than before.

Will McCabe, bear of their Grand Tour, knows he loves Cora, but her newfound wealth is becoming something hard to swallow. The one thing he doesn’t want to be is a kept man and he’s having a hard time with the idea that Cora is wealthy and he doesn’t have anything. Not to mention that Cora is still being hounded relentlessly by Pierre de Richelieu and Will is scared she might just realize she made a mistake in choosing him.

While being hounded by Pierre and journalists chasing the story of the new American heiress, Cora struggles to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. And as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, both begin to wonder if love is strong enough to withstand all the obstacles that stand in their way. All the while Cora must make the decision on Who and what defines her ad who and what doesn’t.

Can Cora remain true to who God made her or will the pressure on her and wealth change her into something she isn’t? Can Will accept her new wealth and will he be okay with it or will it be another thing that is pulling them apart? What will Cora decide to do wit her money? Live it up or help others? Can love conquer all things or will their love crumble under the pressure of life? Will Cora change her mind and pick Pierre over Will or will she decide that she chose correctly?

Lisa T. Bergren has another hit on her hands! At a whopping 464 pages, this weighs in at about one and a half times your average book and every page was captivating and full of history and delicious details of places I’ve always dreamed of going. I got dragged into this book jus like the last two and I was sad to see Cora, her family, Will, and their bodyguards go. I will miss them and look forward to seeing what other captivating story Lisa Bergren will give me.

This story is so complex that it wouldn’t have been possible to have this book have any less pages than it did. It’s full of action, romance, fights, struggles, and discovering who they really are. Some issues I thought were resolved showed up again and caused a lot of drama and heartache, but fully resolved itself by the end. The depth to this book amazed me and I couldn’t believe how much I loved this book. I think this one was my favorite so far.

The romance in this book was a continuation of the past two and I was expecting this romance would be simple and strife less. I was wrong. As I’ve learned with this author, all is not as it seems. Cora and Will had a lot to work out in this book and it ended up drawing the closer as a couple. Even desire Pierre giving it his all, another thing I thought wouldn’t be in this novel, Cora and Will seemed to get through it all worse for wear but stronger.

I think my most favorite part of this book was Cora. The other two books of this series Cora was trying to adjust to her new family and wealth as well as trying to find out who she is in her new life. In this book I feel like she finally figured it out and I loved who she became. She finally grew into who God intended her to be and even though she has money she never let it alter her, just her lifestyle. I love it so much! The faith she exhibited throughout the book is incredible and I fully fell in love with her all over again.

The ending to this book is definitely intense and sweet all rolled up into one. Or rather it goes from intense to sweet at the flip of a chapter. I think some people will be disappointed in which man Cora chose or what said character decided to do in the end. With a love triangle there’s bound to be lines drawn and stances taken and disappointment and anger felt. This book is probably no different. For me I felt that the author and Cora made the perfect decision, though I was shocked at how the end was handled. This book was definitely awesome.

This author captivated me from the beginning and has held my attention until the end. I greatly look forward to seeing what else she has for me and to read those four books of hers that I have on my kindle. I greatly look forward to seeing what else she can do and see what other genres she broaches. Lisa T. Bergren has captured my heart and I hope to see more from her in the near future. This author, series, and book come very highly recommended.

Overall, I loved this book, but I don’t recommend just picking it up until you’ve read the other two or else I guarantee you’ll be lost. This book is perfect for those who have read the other books and want to do oath the series or those who want a deeply dramatic, romantic, and suspenseful novel. Not recommended for children but maybe mature teens. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complementary copy of this novel in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*