- Series: Grand Tour Series
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434764281
- ISBN-13: 978-1434764287
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 195 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Cora's father, sensing that she has a head for business even though she is a woman, insists on teaching Cora every aspect of the business much to Andrew Morgan's dismay. Things are tense between he and Val which he blames on Cora.
A generous gesture by Cora has the group being introduced to Eleonora, a young widow who owns a vineyard. Eleonora invites the group to come visit her in Italy and they accept. Eleonora is quite attractive and catches the eye of the men in the group, including Will. This causes friction between Cora and Will.
When the group reaches Rome they are swarmed by reporters. Pierre shows up for one last attempt to win Cora's heart. Danger and tragedy await them in Rome. Will Cora and Will's love survive or will Cora's heart be wooed away by Pierre?
With this being the end of the Grand Tour we can see how much the individuals have grown during the tour. Cora has found her place among her siblings and even has earned the respect of her father. I enjoyed the descriptions of the sites throughout the Grand Tour and even enjoyed some intrigue as Cora's life seems to be in danger throughout. I did find myself getting frustrated with Cora and Will's relationship. Jealousies and spats throughout had me wondering if this couple should really get together. All was settled to my satisfaction at the turning of the last page. If you are an armchair traveler, romance lover, historical fiction fan then The Grand Tour series will be the perfect series for you to read just as it was for me!
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.