I really didn't know what to expect when I first received a copy of this book to review. I knew the cover art was gorgeous and the idea of a story taking place during this time period was intriguing to me, but what I didn't expect is that I would fall right into the story line and be taken on this journey with Cora, the lead character.
The writing is captivating, you can "see" all the details of the farm Cora was living on, you can "feel" her shock, and you are privileged to go on the Grand Tour with her. I have to admit that I was along thoroughly enjoying the book when it took an unexpected turn in the last couple of chapters and completely captivated me. I was turning the pages so fast to see what was next and could barely contain my disappointment that it was over. Then I realized that it is a series and there would be more to the story in the coming books.
I will absolutely be on the look out for the next book in the Grand Tour Series!
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It was the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, so is her father's health. Cora is carrying on, helping her mother run their Montana farm until a stranger comes to call, and everything changes. Cora then learns a secret that will radically change her future: she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper king who has come to claim her.
Cora is invited to take the "Grand Tour" of Europe, a journey intended to finish a person's education, to solidify an understanding of ancient culture and contemporary refinement. As she travels from England to France with half-siblings she's never known, Cora encounters the blessings of the Kensington family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes the journey is only beginning.
Faced with the challenge of accepting her father, new family, and the identity that comes with it, Cora also struggles to accept that she is also the daughter of the one true King-a Father who is the only One who can truly heal.
About the Author:
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (the first book, Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time.
Lisa's time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She's married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids-Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website: http://lisatawnbergren.com
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