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Glittering Promises

Title:  Glittering Promises (The Grand Tour Series #3)
Author:  Lisa T. Bergren
Pages:  443
Year:  2013
Publisher:  David C. Cook
This is the third and final installment in Lisa T. Bergren’s sweeping saga called The Grand Tour Series.  The first two books in the series, Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences should be read first as these are not stand-alone novels.  In this book, the last leg of the tour takes the characters to various places in Italy.
Cora is being pursued by news reporters and has gained a 51% share of a Montana copper mine.  She has become the wealthiest woman in America.  As she struggles to adjust to her newfound riches, she also must deal with her controlling father and his plans for her future.  Cora must also consider her siblings in her decisions.  Cora and Will’s relationship starts and stutters, then starts and stutters again and so on and so on, which really lasted too long.  Pierre is still trying to convince Cora to marry him.  Cora and Will’s relationship seemed to be what God wanted for them, but then human jealousy enters the picture and their relationship teeters.  Cora is also still in danger from a potential kidnapper and must be on a constant vigil against attack.  Can Will trust God to do what is best for him and Cora in regards to their relationship?  There are so many changes Cora has endured in the last few months.  Will she stand her ground against her father?
As with the second book in the series, I thought this book was too long.  Everything in the story could have been written with at least 50-75 less pages.  The length of the descriptions of places was a highlight, but also sometimes was a little long-winded.  I liked how Cora finally found a place within her family, her father, her love interest, but ultimately with her Father in heaven.  She learned to stay true to the beliefs she was raised with and saw lived out by her mother and father while on their farm in Montana.  I also thought the struggle of Will to adjust to Cora’s newfound wealth very realistic and could identify with him.  There were some unexpected twists thrown in that make the story more interesting as well.  I did like how the series ended on a happy note with all the loose ends neatly tied up.  My favorite is still the first book in the series, but if you’ve read the first two books in the series, please read this one to see how this wonderful journey ends.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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