Sunday, September 29, 2013

Glittering Promises

Title: Glittering Promises
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C Cook
Pages: 455
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6428-7
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013

Synopsis:
Wealth cannot buy peace … or direction.

For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had, and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. And yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging …

Hounded by journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora fights to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. But as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, she begins to wonder if their love is strong enough to withstand all that threatens to pull them apart.

Complicating matters is the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and the increased demands on her time and attention. Cora must stand up for what she believes—regardless of how that might challenge current family and cultural norms—in order to remain true to who she really is.

And as she glimpses the end of the tour, Cora knows it’s time to decide Who and what defines her … and who and what does not.
Review:
What a way to end a series! Mystery, suspense, and romance. Glittering Promises kept on track with the previous two books in the series and brought about a great conclusion.

We are following Cora and her half siblings and their close family friends the Morgans in the final part of their Grand Tour through Italy. They have evaded kidnappers and sneaky reports up to this point. Now joining the siblings are their fathers, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Kensington.

Wallace Kensington is ready to demand that his children return home after the last kidnapping attempt, however Cora is determined to press on and see the rest of the tour through. In her time with her siblings, she has learned so much about them and is still learning more about herself and refuses to miss out. Cora is also determined to not be pushed around by Wallace Kensington. Wallace wants Cora to peruse a relationship with Pierre de Richelieu, as it would be a wonderful business opportunity, but Cora doesn't want to be another pawn to her father and wants to follow her heart, even if it leads her to Will, the leader of the tour and not part of the upper-crust like the Morgans and Kensingtons.

Cora is also willing to battle her father, Wallace, over the rights of the new mine found on her parents old farm. After getting some advice, Wallace decides to follow it and he isn't the adversary Cora ever expected to face. Andrew Morgan has his own ideas to the new mine and how it should be run. However, Andrew isn't the only problem, Nathan Hawke, the leader behind the kidnapping attempts is still following Cora and her family. Then there is the persistence of Pierre de Richelieu.

There are many questions answered in Glittering Promises along with a couple of new questions, which are resolved as well, and the resolution between Cora and Wallace is not one I expected, but after reading it through, it was the only way possible.

There were a couple of parts that I didn't click with, but the resolution was worth it in the end. And it wasn't enough to take away from the story in the least.

Lisa T. Bergren is able to bring Italy to you in her writing. Her description in the book is phenomenal and she is able to show her love of the area through the eyes of Cora and the rest of the group. Glittering Promises draws you in and hold on to you till the very end.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

2 comments:

Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

Thanks so much for seeing the tour through to the end! (And thanks for the review, too...)

Kate said...

What a fun tour it was!! I couldn't imagine not finishing it with Cora. Thank you for sharing your story!