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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Grave Consequences : Review - author Lisa T Bergren

The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues in the 2nd Book of the Grand Tour series 
Grave Consequences by Lisa T Bergren

Grave Consequences - Grand Tour series Book 2
Author - Lisa T Bergren
Publisher - David C Cook March 1 2013
For Cora Kensington, the journey of a lifetime takes unexpected twists. And her future—her very life—depends on the decisions she’ll make at each crossroad. As her European tour with her new found 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. - David C Cook publisher

I quickly discovered I needed to read 'Glamorous Illusions', before I had the background necessary for Book 2 in Ms Bergren's Grand Tour Series. 
With the stage set, I began this 2nd leg of the journey...
Hair-raising adventures dogged the Kensington and Morgan families from Paris to Austria to Italy. Red herrings and ruses thrown in to confuse any resolutions kept the tension building. 
Our feisty protagonist, Cora, seems to have a flair for the dramatic, managing to get herself and not a few of the other entourage members into hot water. Repeatedly. She never seems to recognize the outcome of her decisions will affect more than herself. 
Grave Consequences indeed...
Whilst I appreciated many of her strengths of character, others, due to her immaturity, were borderline.  Scenes with her father were dynamite interactions calling for every
available inner resource she possessed.
Her growth of character ending this 2nd installment was valued.
The romantic scenes offer a lovely tension, emotionally engaging this reader.  
Cora's confusion regarding her two pursuers is tangible.  I have the delightful advantage, as a reader, to make my own choice!
Descriptive picturing of locations, people, settings, add to the appeal of the era. Historic information provided via tour presentations serves the reader well without being documentary. An added insight into these characters through their teaching methods and dialogue, and their choice of activities provided for these Grand Tourists. It certainly stirred up my own interest regarding their various ports of call. Live concerts in Vienna featuring the work of historic composers, balls [and ballgown shopping!], picnics in France's meadows overlooking waterscapes, champagne and strawberries at every turn... ahhh - not hard to picture the life Ms Bergren is presenting to her readers.
The ending? Absolutely delicious. 
Fantastic story twist setting the stage of anticipation for book 3, 
Glittering Promises, due this October 1st. 
{Definitely looking like a HapPy Birthday gift to me !}

Enough summer reading time to complete books 1+2 in preparation. Enjoy!

Lisa T. Bergren is the award-winning author of over thirty-five books, with more than 2 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, Lisa now divides her time between writing, editing, parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of her next trip to Italy.  She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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*With appreciation to David C Cook for providing an ebook to read and review without obligation.

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