Book Review: Grave Consequences

8 Mar

764324_w185For 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.

Excerpt

LBegren-132Lisa 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.

My Impressions:

Grave Consequences is the continuing story of Cora Diehl Kensington’s journey toward finding her identity as she takes the Grand Tour along with her half siblings and their wealthy friends. The journey began in Glamorous Illusions and follows the young adult children of copper barons as they learn about life, love and themselves through their travels in early 20th century Europe. Lisa Bergren brings the the sights and sounds of pre-WWI France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to life — her writing is well-researched. The reader can well imagine themselves trekking across a glacier or floating on the Grand Canal in Venice. I especially liked the detailed accounts of the historic sights, the glittering parties and the costumes and clothes the characters wear.

The only fault I can see is the length of time it takes Cora to finally make her mind up about who she is and what she wants. But if that is what it takes to visit 4 fascinating countries, by all means let’s let her take her time! The book ends with Cora making a decision (of sorts), but the adventure is far from over. There are still several Italian cities to explore before the tour and Cora’s journey is at an end. I look forward to the next book to find out what Cora will do next and to see if her siblings, their friends, and Cora’s father grow in understanding and knowledge.

So, if you like historical fiction on a grand scale with intrigue, danger and of course romance, pick up Grave Consequences. But please read Glamorous Illusions first — you don’t want to find yourself lost in Europe!

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(I received Grave Consequences in conjunction with LitFuse. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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