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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. And yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging …
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.
As with the second book of the Grand Tour series, Glittering Promises takes off almost immediately after the closing scene of the previous title. I had to re-read the final couple of chapters of Grave Consequences to refresh my memory. Who was Nathan again? Why was he a danger to the tour group? This is a series you need to read in the order in which they were released. This is the final title, and it’s set entirely in Italy. For those of you who have read the previous two books, polish up your Italian, grab a grape-based drink (be it wine or juice) and settle in for more travelogues, drama, and heartbreak.
Cora is still wrestling with thoughts of her future. Although she knows nothing about business, she is determined to learn. Her father has presented her with a controlling interest of the new mine built where she grew up, and she is determined to treat the local workers – and her former neighbors – fairly. Her father and his associate are willing to listen to her ideas, but other interested parties aren’t and loudly state that a woman has no place in business. In the meantime, Will isn’t comfortable with the notion that Cora now has enough wealth to support both of them. But times are changing, and women are beginning to show how independent they can be.
Glittering Promises contains plenty of twists and revelations. Cora knows there are people out to do her harm, but who are they? Who can she trust? Is the love of money the root of the evil in her life? Will she be a good steward of the money entrusted to her? I couldn’t put this book down. I kept telling myself, “One more chapter before bed,” and I ended up staying very late in order to finish it! The ending left me in tears and wanting more. I want to know what happens once the group has returned to American soil. World War One is less than a year away. How will it impact them, given the developments in this book? Sadly, however, these answers will be left to the imagination, and we must say goodbye to Cora Diehl Kensington, her family, and her friends.
Thank you to David C Cook and Litfuse for my free copy of Glittering Promises, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication Date: 01 October 2013
Page Count: 464