Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren

Saturday, October 19, 2013

About the Book:
Author: Lisa T. Bergren 
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Grand Tour – Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5
There isn’t a historical series that has been more of a whirlwind than this atmospheric trilogy revolving around a girl coming of age in the most unusual circumstances. Classifying this as a “historical” is fair yet somehow doesn’t seem fitting since this novel covers so much ground (so much more than merely a historical delight), and seems unafraid to tackle deep-seated emotional scars as well as the delights of each city it visits – from the City of Lights to the Ruins of Rome. Having found her identity – both spiritual and as an heiress, Cora Diehl Kensington is ready to accept some of the responsibilities of being a Kensington particularly running the mines in the Morgan-Kensington ­­name that Cora’s father has built with his business partner; this angers the Morgan’s and leaves Cora at odds over future business decisions. When tragedy strikes, Cora is again fighting to keep her emotional identity intact and find a way to outsmart the people who are still pursuing the tourists with ploys to destroy them.  

From the very beginning, Lisa has entranced readers (in the best possible way) of this Grand Tour series, exciting us and engaging us with the story of  four young socialites who came together to form a close-knit family and made new friendships in the progression of each “journey.” There was much heightened excitement going into Glittering Promises and that excitement was definitely warranted! The first half of the novel follows in a “safe” manner and details touring experiences, and fortifies relationships, and then the second half put everything on hold and “upped” the adventure aspects. There are not one or two but three “big” game-changers and fortunately when all the dust settles, the good are still left standing – just as any good author should end a saga.

Throughout this entire series I was so impressed with the leading character, Cora. Told mostly through her first-person perspective I couldn’t help but believe that finally an author had given us a young character as real as one was likely to ever get. Raised as a simple farm girl and thrust into the spotlight when she discovers her biological father is actually a wealthy “copper king,” the inner-struggle within Cora not only “felt” genuine... it was quite realistic. With exception to her doubts about a suitor, how easily Cora became accustomed to lush amenities and lifestyle changes was nothing but accurate yet still there was a part of her who never forgot the roots she came from – that is what made Cora a heroine to applaud and wish well. Even if we’ve never been placed in the same situations she was, that was something relatable, a part of us wondering what our place in the world would be. Seeing how much stronger each of the relationships were in Glittering Promises was a joy. I adored experiencing the closeness between Cora and her sister’s or how easily Felix was rankled if anyone spoke out of turn towards his sister – their camaraderie and loyalty to one another was so much more mature and unbreakable compared to when it started and because of that, Lisa gave fans who only wanted a happy relationship between these friends and protagonist a lovely ending.  

Not only is the character growth outstanding but the author has also carved out an exceptional novel for any historical addict. There are pages of descriptions chronicling well-known places in Europe. Even as a girl who hasn’t seen Paris or been to mansions, I found these scenes well defined. Anyone who hasn’t read this series, I’d recommend reading them in the proper order. It’s not impossible to read them individually however there are many threads that carry through each. As a fan from the beginning, I don’t think Lisa could have ended this more exceptionally. If there was one thing that I was disappointed by, it’d be the revelation that one person whom I’d slowly came to trust was in reality, not a good person. There is a point when doubt creeps in but until then, still I was convinced. This one thing wasn’t enough to down the rating of the book or make me question the frame of the stories;. they were beautifully told and expressed, and while it’s sad to wave goodbye to Cora and her travelling companions, I’m also eager to embark on Lisa’s new adventures. The Grand Tour is not a journey anyone should miss. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, adventure, romance and history, all of which is effortlessly woven together by the pen of the talented Lisa T. Bergren. 
Synopsis: 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... - Goodreads

Coming Next from Lisa T. Bergren:
The year is 2095. Gifted teens known as Remnants have been chosen and trained to act as humanity’s last hope to rectify the horrors that are now part of everyday life.

The Community has trained these teens as warriors and assigned them Knights of the Last Order as protectors. Together, they are a force that will be difficult to bring down.

But the Sons of Sheol, of course, are determined to do just that. As the Remnants begin their mission to course-correct humanity by saving and protecting key individuals, their enemies move to stop them, placing the entire world in peril. - via Goodreads, February 2014

Find out what fellow reviewers are saying about Glittering Promises!
Sincere thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.


  1. I don't think I've tried her work yet. Great review.

    1. You most definitely should, Juju. This is the only series I've read by Lisa however, it's a delight. :)

  2. Awesome review, Rissi! I was wondering if you would be disappointed by that revelation - I think I was a little, too. But still, a fabulous series, with exciting adventure, great descriptions, and definitely good characterization, as you noted! I LOVED Felix in this one - there's just something about big brother characters that I adore. You might just meet one or two in Forget Me Not, as well... ;)


    1. A little bit, yes. Early on, when this alluded-to-character first came into the picture to "complicate" things, I was leery. Over time, the person did earn my trust, so watching said person be the "baddie" was kind of... disappointing. However, it ended up being okay.

      This was/is a fabulous series! The locations, Cora and her companions make it worth any minor quibble. Felix was a wonderful person; he was always in the background but some of these scenes!? So sweet. (Mr. Morgan even had a great pivotal moment with Cora!)

      Aw, your Forget Me Not just keeps getting better. There is something about those protective older bros. Love that!

  3. Still have some 40 pages to read from this one, but I can see, I very much agree with your review. I also, was a bit disappointed by the revelation and thought it slightly unnecessary (I'm just guessing we're talking about the same person here!) But I loved Cora and loved the descriptions of the travels!

    1. I'm guessing we are also, Birdie! Cannot wait to read your review, then. :)

      Even with my slight disappointment, I was thrilled by how Lisa concluded the series. It was a wonderful end and Cora is one of the best young women in fiction (when it comes to maturing over the series) that I've yet to meet. That's worth a lot.

      Hope you ended up happy with the conclusion! :)

  4. excellent review! I just thought I'd mention that I was at a youth retreat in Utah, and met Jared Southwick, who gave each participant a copy of "Marysvale" Seriously, it is SUCH a good book, and theres two more in the series... You should review it if you like the ratings! Its super good!

    1. Thank you muchly for taking the time to read it, Leighanna. I appreciate that. :)

      Awesome! I've not heard of that book, however as you can probably tell, I am a bookish sort and am always happy to take recommendations. Thank you; I'll look into the book. :)

  5. Thanks so much for the fab review, Rissi. Knew I was treading in scary territory, there, messing with you-know-who, but I liked the surprise in that revelation. Not all are who they seem...ever.

    1. Thank *you* for writing this wonderful series, Lisa. Seriously, I don't think you could have ended it better.

      I admire when authors take a chance and by wrapping up this series how you did, you certainly did. You handled it very well though and sad as it was to wave good-bye to these young people, you gave us the best possible conclusion. :)

      Thanks for dropping by!

  6. I can't wait to read this book! I just checked it out from the library!

    Also,I've nominated your blog for the Sunflower Blogger Award! My post:
    Thank you so much for dedicating your time to make your blog be an inspiring and encouraging tool in my life! You're my hero! Faithful follower! Stay blessed! -Virginia Esther. :)

    1. Wonderful. I certainly hope you enjoy this novel, Esther. It's definitely one to remember. :)

      Wow. Thank you so very much for the award! I'm honored that you chose this blog as for the Sunflower award. That's always fun. And thank you for the kind words about the blog; it's been a lovely journey to be blogging here these last few years - thank you for being a reader. It's very much appreciated.


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