Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review - Glittering Promises (Grand Tour Series #3) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Glittering Promises (Grand Tour Series, #3)Title: Glittering Promises
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Series: 3rd (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences)
Pages: 464
Published: October 1st 2013 by David C. Cook 
ISBN: 9781434764287
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description: 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..   

I Give This ...

After the crazy events in the last book, I was hoping for more of a calmer final book in the series.  While I didn't quite get that, I was pleased to have a mostly satisfying ending to a series that I enjoyed.  

Cora has become quite the young woman on this trip.  I don't think that was something she really was expecting.  She already had a good grip on who she was.  I think that background helped shape her and how she reacted to her new found wealth and freedom.  I enjoyed how her father was willing to give her a shot.  He had to know that letting her run the mining company and allowing her to have such a financial stake in the adventure was an extremely risky move.  It made me wonder that if he two other daughter's would show such initiative, if he would offer them the same opportunites.

While the back and forth in the romance department somewhat drove me crazy, I think I understood what Cora might have be thinking.  First, a lot has happened to her on this trip.  To expect to find love as well is completely overwhelming.  Plus, as much as I hate to admit it, she had to find out how Will truly felt about being a heriess.  I think it would take a special kind of man to come to terms with that.  Obviously I believe Will is.

I caught on to our culprit right before the events unfolded.  It made complete sense it when it was all said and done.  I was a little disappointed that Cora's decision could not just be accepted and this was how her hand was forced.  I was also completely saddened by some of the events in this conclusion.  So much has happened that I really felt like that didn't need to be thrown in to.  But, it just goes to show that life is not always easy.   I think it will help Cora to stand on her own two feet even more and not take one second for granted.

I admit, I'm not officially hooked on Lisa Tawn Bergren.  After this series and the River of Time series, I think I need to invest in her previous works and look forward to what she writes next!

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