Several months ago I had the pleasure of reading Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences, the first two books in Lisa T. Bergren’s Grand Tour series. The drama immediately took a hold of me, sweeping me with it to Europe. I was mesmerized by the fashions, the characters, and non-stop action. For several months I anticipated the release of the conclusion of the trilogy and was pumped when Glittering Promises finally appeared on Netgalley.
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…
Sadly, I was a bit disappointed with this final chapter of the Grand Tour series. After the tumultuous first two books I was expecting a story that would be moved along by an action-filled plot, not one of repetitive relationship misunderstandings. I don’t mean that I was expecting 47 kidnapping scenarios, or robberies, or anything of that sort. I just meant that I was expecting the plot to be more about the conclusion of the tour, and a conclusion to the crimes of book one and two, rather than Cora’s decision over who she was going to love. Having a few misunderstandings when it comes to the romantic side of the story is acceptable, but when it becomes the only device used to move the plot, it can get slightly stale.
On the other hand, I enjoyed the character development of Cora and her siblings. Seeing them hone their strengths, accept their weaknesses, and become adults responsible for their own futures was a reward for sticking with all three books in the series. Cora’s journey was unarguably the most well done of all. The complete transformation from books one through three was incredibly well written and probably my favorite part of the whole series. This book would have been a total win for me if the plot had more moving it, but I can’t say I’m not satisfied with the trilogy’s conclusion. The final plot twist in this book really shocked and surprised me (Bergren sure knows how to keep you on your toes!) If you’re looking for a clean historical fiction that focuses on finding one’s self, this series is a sure bet.
3 out of 5 Stars
This is my twenty-second completed review for the Historical Fiction Challenge
Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren
David C. Cook (2013)
eBook: 496 pages
Special thanks to David C. Cook publishing for my review copy via Netgalley!