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Glittering Promises: A Novel (Grand Tour Series) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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I have to admit there were moments you would find me grinning as I flew through the pages. And then you would find me at other moments distraught! I wasn't sure at one point I liked what she was doing with the story and a few of it's characters. There seemed to be some incongruities between what was transpiring in the prior books and then in book 3. HOWEVER, Bergren had me dashing through the pages to see what would happen next! A few things were maybe hinted at earlier in the story but you were never really sure. All I have to say now is that I applaud Bergren for her masterful tale and for leaving me very happy with the ending! Actually, my only regret is that the series is over... Might I request a short novella to be written! I would love to see what happens next with Cora and the rest of the crew! Maybe it could be a novella based on one of the other characters that brings us back into the lives of those we have come to care for and cheer on! Well, that is probably a good sign of not only a great story but wonderful characters, when you can't stand to say goodbye!
4 1/2 Stars
If you just want to go on a Grand Tour, then you'll probably enjoy the series. There was some suspense from physical danger and a rocky romance. This book focused on Will and Cora's relationship problems, but I assume previous books showed them falling in love. However, in this book, Will didn't trust that Cora really loved him and took anything as confirmation of his doubts. I wondered if Cora was setting herself up for a lifetime of Will acting badly from jealousy as men will likely continue to be attracted to her due to her wealth and beauty. Cora's tendency to run off and cry when something upset her (rather than face things) didn't seem to fit with how people seemed to view her (smart, emotionally strong, good business head, etc.).
The Christian element was Cora deciding that God is her ultimate Father and the One in whom she finds her identity. There was no sex or bad language.
All in all I enjoyed the simpleness of the stories. Just disappointed because they could have been so much more.
In this last book we find Cora at first still struggling with how she fits in this new family of hers. But in the end we find she has gained strength in her acceptance of who she is and where her life might lead to next.
Lisa has written a story that will keep you on your toes, but also warm your heart. I cried, I laughed, and I cheered. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!