The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues, Book 2 in Lisa T. Begren’s Grand Tour series
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 newfound 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.
The very premise of this book boggles my mind. Spend weeks touring Europe just because you can, in the very lap of Royal luxury? I can’t imagine! Doing so with several love interests, people who don’t like you, people who want to kidnap you, and not knowing whom you can trust – I think I’d lose it.
With that said, the descriptions of each place visited in Europe are completely fascinating. As a total lover of history, I would love to stay in a Venetian palace, visit a French ruin, or climb a glacial mountain. Just imagine who might have been there before you!
Unlike the first book of this series, it took me a bit to get my head in this book, but I think that’s because of the way the last one ended – and how long it’s been since I read the first one. That one didn’t have a final wrap -up or slow resolution; instead, it ended like a soap opera, with the reader wanting desperately to just pick up the second book and keep going. This series reads more like installments or chapters than separate books, so since I read them months apart, it took some time to get back into it without the usual warm-ups and introductions that usually take up the first chapter or two of a series. However, I was soon back in the game, and once there, I didn’t want the book to end.
The ending of this book did feel more final than that of the first in the series, with a more complete conclusion and resolution, but it did not keep me from wanting to read on. Instead, I was completely impressed by the ending. The surprise both in action and in the character of Cora is a perfect transition to the next book, and I can’t wait to read it.
If you’ve ever wanted to travel, if you find the luxury of the Titanic incredible, or you just plain like history, this is definitely the series for you. With so much action, intrigue, and adventure, and romance, all done in corsets and silks, Grave Consequences is a riveting read.
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.
I received a free copy of Grave Consequences from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.