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Glittering Promises (Grand Tour #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  952 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. Yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging ...

Hounded by the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora figh
Paperback, 443 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by David C Cook
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Rachelle Cobb
Aug 06, 2013 Rachelle Cobb rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

Glittering Promises is a stunning finale to the Grand Tour Series.

I loved how I was thrown for a loop so many times, expecting Cora or Will or any of the other characters to act one way only to find that they acted in a completely different--completely perfect--way (perfect meaning exactly-how-they-should-have). Exactly when I thought all was well, tension made the happy-ending I thought I saw coming grind to a halt. Then when things couldn't get any worse, well...the ending is ah-ma
Jul 29, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
I knew I was going to binge read this series as soon as I found the third and final book on NetGalley. I love being able to dive right into a series and see it all the way through to the end. In most cases, it just makes me love the series all the more and sad to say goodbye when everything is over. Unfortunately, I don't think it worked in this series favor.

Read my full review at So Obsessed With!
Dec 27, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
A great ending to the trilogy. Good twist on the mystery. Great relationships. The waterfall kiss - spectacular! This one didn't have too much history, like the other ones did. It was more about the mystery & relationships. Really enjoyed it.

Moral Note: Some mild violence
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
So excited to get a Netgalley of this one. Now I can read book two and three without waiting! I rather read series all at once!
Rambling Readers
Aug 07, 2013 Rambling Readers rated it it was amazing
"Glittering Promises" marks the conclusion on a three novel tour of Europe, courtesy of Lisa T. Bergren. I felt well-acquainted with Cora, Will, and their travel group. The dynamics between Cora, the Kensingtons, and the Morgans are already well-established by the beginning of "Glittering Promises." Cora's Grand Tour has been a journey of self-discovery, and the previous two novels have paved the way for the decisions she faces in the conclusion. Everything comes to fruition in this final leg of ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in this series and I do hope there will be a fourth! I have loved traveling throughout Europe with this strange mixture of family, friends, and foes. During their tour of Europe they saw many of God’s splendor in His creations, yet they also saw evidence of man’s creations that were now in ruins, crumbled, torn down. That’s like us, we can build on our own or we can build on our relationship with Jesus, that’s something that will be here for eternity.

It’s hard to write a r
I am sad to see this story come to a close, I have really enjoyed it. I love Mrs. Bergren's writing, and will be anxiously waiting her next new adventure. Cora Kensington and the the Morgan Family are wrapping things up with their Grand Tour and are now in beautiful romantic Italy. Once again Mrs. Bergren paints a beautiful picture on pages were I feel as though I am there and apart of it all. Things are a little strenuous this stretch of the Tour. Cora is being bothered because of who she is or ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Mar 20, 2014 Caitlyn Santi rated it it was amazing

This was a wonderful conclusion to the Grand Tour series! I am a huge fan of Lisa T. Bergren and this was another great read from her! I loved the fact that this book was set nearly one hundred percent in Italy! I have been in love with so many if these characters since the beginning of the series and it was so much fun to be reunited with Cora, Will, Lillian, Felix, Vivian, Nell, and Hugh, once again! I really enjoyed this book, I would even go so far as to say I loved it! However, I don't thin
Nov 10, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an adventure.

That's the thought I always have after reading one of Lisa Bergren's novels. Her plots and twists are so captivating. You go on so many wonderful, life-changing, spectacular adventures that you live their life for a moment.
And I so enjoyed those moments.

If you loved Bergren's The River of Time Chronicles, you must read this. And if you haven't I highly recommend these very well-written series.

There comes a time when one must rant over the ending of a book, especially a s
Barbara Shelton
Oct 28, 2013 Barbara Shelton rated it it was amazing
The main disadvantage I had reading this third book of the Grand Tour Series is not having read the first two. My understanding of the plot took some time to pull together, and after reading the book descriptions of Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences did I begin to follow the story line. Being behind a bit on writing my review, it is a bit of a problem to find more to say that hasn’t already been expressed in fifty-eight reviews before mine.

However!! Lisa Bergren’s writing style is disti
Dec 30, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
As Wallace Kensington's rags-to-riches copper heiress, Cora has quite unwillingly captured the imagination of the newspaper-reading public. And as the latest celebrity du jour to take in the delights of the famed Grand Tour, she's become the target of fortune-hunting kidnappers, endangering both her and her siblings and traveling companions. Joined on the remainder of the tour by her estranged biological father, Cora is torn -- determined to use the opportunities afforded by her new birthright t ...more
Dec 16, 2013 Teri rated it it was ok
After reading the first book in this series and only giving it three stars, I wasn't sure if I would read more. When Amazon had _Glittering Promises_ for $2.99, I thought I would give the series another try.

My biggest problem with this book is that the dialogue is horribly stilted. No one really talks the way Cora or Will or any of the other characters do, and I kind of felt like George Lucas sneaked in and wrote the dialogue. It really was _that_ bad.

I mentioned this in the first book and I'll
Sep 08, 2013 Elisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
***I was blessed to receive this book for free from Netgalley!***

From start to finish, this series has captured my attention with an abundance of plot twists and interweaving stories. In the start with Glamorous Illusions, Lisa T. Bergren became one of my favorite authors, and I'm disappointed that this series is over. But she ended it in the best way that a good series has to end!

This is the conclusion of Cora Diehl Kensington's summer tour in Europe, but it's also so much more. It is the culmi
Kathryn Cooper
Sep 03, 2013 Kathryn Cooper rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this last book in the series was just okay for me. It felt slow probably because I'm not really familiar with Europe so the descriptions were longer than I'd prefer and many of the places blurred together for me. I think overall if the book was shorter it would have felt fast paced, but I don't think fast paced is the goal for this series. All of the books give beautiful descriptions of Europe and its histo
Reet Champion
Sep 12, 2013 Reet Champion rated it it was amazing
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If anyone has their troubles it’s Cora Diehl Kensington. Between the threat of kidnapping and quarreling with her father over rights to a mine, the future isn’t boding so well for Cora and Will, her fiancee. And a former suitor’s incessant tampering with hers and Will’s emotions doesn’t help matters. When her father Wallace Kensington at last relinquishes controlling interest in a mine to Cora it brings a mire of trouble on her head.
Oct 21, 2013 Rissi rated it it was amazing
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.

From the very b
Julie Graves
Oct 01, 2013 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2013-reads
As the Kensington's and the Morgan's continue on The Grand Tour every precaution is being taken to keep the group protected from falling into the hands of Nathan Hawke. They are also trying to remain out of the spotlight so that Nathan and his group will not know where they are traveling to.

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 wh
Oct 13, 2013 Rel rated it really liked it
Lisa T Bergren completes her Grand Tour series with the highly anticipated Glittering Promises. Still pursued by danger and romance, Cora Diehl Kensington, her siblings, the Morgans, and Bear Will McCabe are all evaluating their place in the world and each others’ lives. Readers are again plunged into an historical and evocative whirlwind as these privileged young adults negotiate foreign lands and complex relationships. Most enjoyable has been watching the characters mature across this series, ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: period-romance
This is the third and final book in the Grand Tour series. I liked the first two books a lot better than I did the third. The third to me felt like it drug on and on and I got sick and tired of Will's whiny jealousies. The whole book was between Cora and Will and finally in the end there was a bit of adventure.

This book felt like the author was supposed to write a trilogy, there wasn't much more left to the story and could have been wrapped up in book two, but wrote book three and just tried to
Janka H.
Jun 17, 2016 Janka H. rated it liked it
Young, rich and challenged to personal growth in the rich and lush environment in Italy. Third installment in the Grand Tour series brings us to the final arc in the lives of young heirs on their way to adulthood and responsibility.

The book continues where the second one ends - our heroes has escaped the threatening situation and are trying to escape seemingly less harmful challenge - the press. "Copper Cora" is the dream story for any journalist (or reader) worth their salt - young and beautifu
Apr 16, 2015 Scooby2 rated it it was amazing
"Glittering Promises" is the third book in Ms Bergren's The Grand Tour Series and it was a good read. I do recommend that readers read the other two books before reading this one, otherwise you will be lost. "Glittering Promises" picks right up where "Grave Consequences" left off.

Cora Diehl Kensington, the daughter of Wallace Kensington (Montana copper baron), is on the final leg of her Grand Tour with her new found siblings and new love, William McCabe (who is also the group's tour guide or "Be
Feb 28, 2014 Fv rated it did not like it
Gods Word says they lying is a sin and worse the author calls God a liar...

Author lies about God and his Son. Book would have been wonderful but for that and that is so serious I can barely rate it a 1. If there was a
-35 that is how I would honestly rate this book.

Author refers to the Shroud of Turin.

Ok it is a piece of cloth the Catholic church claims was Jesus' burial cloth, NO proof at all.

Author acknowledges that.

But she ignores the Bible when it is clear about idols used in worship.

Mar 31, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Another book finished in five days... Does that tell you something about how much I'm enjoying these books? I tell you, it's worth it to have the kindle paired with the audio so you can pick right up where you left off! I love it.

There's a high dose of mystery closing out this series and plenty of twists and turns. Some mysteries telegraph every move and make it so obvious that the reader feels patronized. On the other hand, some mysteries make it so impossible to know who's behind everything th
Jan 19, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
The final book of the series started out pretty slow for me. Cora is still struggling to accept her new role as heiress to a fortune while falling for Will, a man beneath her social status. The first part of the book seemed to be both Will and Cora going back and forth between this is true love and this will never work.

About a third of the way through, the story really picks up as tragedy strikes and Cora's life is once again in danger. The action gets moving as well as the characters as Cora fi
I truly enjoyed the first two books in this series, but by the time I finished this book I was so ready for it to be done. The story really lagged and seemed bogged down by over-the-top description and the same will-they-or-won't-they plot that had already been carrying on for the duration of the first two books. I think the entire story could easily have been told concisely in one novel rather than be drawn on for all 1200+ pages in the series. I'm generally a fan of Bergren's writing, but this ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I loved the Grand Tour through Europe. This was my first- first read. A nice surprise. Loved the character development and in particular the faith element. A really good 3 book read.
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Jul 02, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful finish to The Grand Tour Series! The Kensingtons and Morgans are in Vienna as the book begins, having just sighted one of the men who tried to kidnap the girls. They move on to Italy with more guards and stay in smaller villages, going into the cities for day trips. Besides having to be wary of kidnappers, they are besieged by reporters. Pierre de Richelieu meets them again in Rome, still trying to persuade Cora to marry him, though Cora makes it quite clear that Will is the man ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Elaine rated it it was ok
Didn't do enough homework on this one. This and book 2 were recommended by the library newsletter. Both had the same publishing year. There were enough references to earlier happenings that it worked as a stand alone. I thought I'd try it since it was recommended to someone who likes Downton Abbey, which I like fine, but it's not my favorite. I don't care for the change in point of view or voice. That was bothersome throughout the book. Nevertheless, I'll probably read the other two books.
Intense curiosity was the #1 reason I chose to finish this book. The first two novels in Bergren’s Grand Tour series weren’t my favorite, but I really wanted to see how the story ended—how Cora managed to find her happy ending. I was committed to this book, and I was ready for it. Sadly, however, Glittering Promises ended up resembling an overwrought soap opera, and I’m pretty sure I wore an expression of extreme confusement throughout much of my reading experience.

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