About the Book:
When Cora Kensington learns she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king, her life changes forever. Even as she explores Europe with her new family, she discovers that the most valuable journey is within. The first book in the Grand Tour series takes you from the farms of Montana through England and France on an adventure of forgiveness, spiritual awakening, and self-discovery.
When offered the chance to participate in the blog tour (click here to see other stops listed), I accepted because the description of the book looked interesting. When I got the book and saw the cover, it was an immediate turn-off. I've had this book for three weeks and have not wanted to read it. However, my due date for the tour was approaching and I had the day off, so today (Wednesday) was the day. I figured I'd give it 50 pages and then write a DNF review about a book that was too sappy for words and move on to the next one. Then I noticed I was on page 85 and decided that judging a book by its cover wasn't always good idea.
After her papa becomes too ill to work the family farm (which is going to be lost to foreclosure due to bad weather for too long anyway), Cora learns that her real father is not her papa and that her real father wishes to acknowledge her and send her on a grand tour,along with his children. He wants them all to learn about the history and culture of Europe, but also other lessons. His other children, for some reason, aren't thrilled to meet her. As they, and the children of their father's business partner travel under the guidance of a "bear" and his assistant (who just happens to be very attracted to Cora) they see the sights and attend fancy parties.
Cora has three men after her in this book and at the end she has not picked any of them. One she does not trust or particularly like, one isn't supposed to court her and the third is a Frenchman and she does not plan to remain in France. Actually, that's my main complaint about the book--there was no real resolution of anything. There was a climatic scene which resolved with Cora and her half siblings all choosing to stick together and continue the tour, but the bad guy is still out there and she didn't pick a guy. There are to be other books in the series but I would have preferred them to focus on other characters and for this book to have more of a resolution as far as Cora was concerned.
The book is Christian fiction and Cora prays, her father mentions making peace with his maker and at one point Cora and the guide attend Compline.
I'd like to thank Litfuse for inviting me to participate in this tour and for providing a complimentary review copy. Grade: B.
Other Books by Lisa T. Bergren which I have reviewed: