About the Book:
For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her futureâ€”her very lifeâ€”depends on the decisions sheâ€™ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her new found family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyoneâ€™s plans in danger.Â And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.
About the Series:
The Grand Tour Series centers around Cora Diehl Kensington, a young woman raised with very humble means, and thrust into the very different, luxurious lifestyle of a well-to-do family. She travels with this group through Europe on the Grand Tour, from England to France to Switzerland to Italy, experiencing beautiful, famous locations, as well as meeting important people, seeing famous pieces of art first-hand and gaining knowledge that will serve them well in the future. But Cora is after something else. Sheâ€™s trying to figure out who she really isâ€¦And who she isnâ€™t.
In Book 2, GRAVE CONSEQUENCES, Cora also must decide who holds her heartâ€“the dashing Pierre, or Will, her guide on the tour. To complicate matters, there are those who hunt the group with nefarious goals in mindâ€¦
About the Author:
Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy. She lives in Colorado Springs.
I’ve long been a fan of Bergren’s writing and the Grand Tour series lived up to my high expectations.Â I give it 5 stars.Â Intrigue, history, romance and themes of belonging are woven into a journey of discovery.Â The theme of identity that pervades these novels is one that I can especially relate to as I continue to travel on my own journey of discovering who I am in Christ.Â The theme of trusting and waiting on God in the middle of numerous variables also struck close to home.
Another thing that I liked was that the characters were layered.Â Apart from the would be kidnappers that we met in book one, none of the characters was portrayed as entirely hero or villain.Â From the manipulative father who wants to do right by his family to the ardent suitor who keeps coming back despite all odds, all had both strengths and weakness.Â Each character was real in their own way.
On her blog, Lisa jokes about how reading this series is like traveling to Europe for under $40.Â That made me smile and I think it’s a good summary.Â I’m not sure you can get any better feel for Europe, without traveling there, than you do in these novels.Â They are beautifully descriptive drawing you into the settings of England, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.Â It made me more than a little homesick with a longing to be back in these places that my heart has come to love.
If you like history, romance, travel, intrigue and multifaceted characters, then you’ll love these books.
Note that this is not a stand alone book.Â If you want to embrace the story then you need to start with Book 1: Glamorous Illusions.Â Book three is slated for an October release date.
iPad Mini Giveaway:
One “grand” winner receive:
- A brand new iPad Mini
- Grave Consequences and Glamorous Illusions will be pre-loaded onto the Mini!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced on March 25th at Lisa’s website.
Â Thank you LiftFuse for providing me with a free copy of this book for review.