April 15, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
Hey fiction lovers! I recently read a great historical fiction series by Lisa Bergren called The Grand Tour.
Lisa is quite skilled at not only telling a good story but writing in a compelling manner. She has many books out, including some YA and children’s stories. While this series was a little long for me, I really enjoyed the journey of self-discovery, and of course, love!
If you like historicals set in the early twentieth century, or the show ‘Downton Abby’, then you’ll enjoy this series.
Here is a brief rundown of all three stories.
Glamorous Illusions: When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.
Grave Consequences: For Cora, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. As her European tour with her newfound family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy, an unseen enemy trails close behind. Meanwhile, a forbidden love continues to claim her heart, putting everyone’s plans in danger.
And as Cora stays one step ahead of it all, what might need the most protection is her own heart, torn between the dramatic pursuit of a dashing Frenchman and a man who has been quietly staking claim to her affections all along. Love has dangers all its own. She must escape the bonds of the past and discover the faith to make the right choices, as each one has grave consequences.
Glittering Promises: 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.
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