Grave Consequences Reviewed By Carolyn Warren of
Carolyn Warren
Reviewer Carolyn Warren: Carolyn is the author of Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers, an Amazon bestseller and Book of the Month pick for The Washington Post (8/08). She also writes for the Christian market. Praying Through Your Pregnancy was a finalist in the 2010 ECOA Book Awards. She enjoys reading nonfiction, literary fiction, and women's mainstream novels. Follow Here To Find Out More About Carolyn and Here.

By Carolyn Warren
Published on June 18, 2013

Author:  Lisa Bergren

ISBN: 978-43476432-4

Author:  Lisa Bergren

ISBN: 978-43476432-4

Romance, danger, travel through Europe, and people who live in a magnificent, historic castle--Lisa T. Bergren sets the stage for intrigue in her second novel of “The Grand Tour Series,” Grave Consequences.

Bergren opens the narrative with two strong, contrasting emotions. Cora, along with her half-siblings and wealthy friends, are traveling by rail to Provence, France. As the train is leaving the platform in Paris, a wealthy French lord, Pierre de Richelieu, rushes to her window with a red rose. Then he kisses his fingers and places them against the glass. “That might have been the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen,” says her companion Lil. But fantasies of love are cut short as Cora notices a suspicious man several rows up spying on her. The danger of being kidnapped is all too real.

Like all good romances, the hero and heroine need to find their way to one another. The pathway becomes even more complicated when there are two attractive suitors. Both charming Pierre and the grounded tour guide Will are vying for lovely Cora’s affections, pulling her in opposite directions. In the meantime, our heroine if facing personal challenges as she has discovered that she is the illegitimate daughter of a copper baron who intends to control her future.

Lisa Bergren’s writing is rich with historic detail and vivid scenes. For example: “It was exhilarating, being here, so near the top of the mountains, on top of this ice set in place by the hand of God thousands of years ago…. Along the two miles we walked, we saw cirques—rounded carvings in stone and ice, like massive, natural amphitheaters. We saw ridges hewn into razor-sharp tips, and valleys in sweeping, rounded rivers still filled with the last vestiges of glacial meltings.”

 I admire authors who challenge readers while entertaining them with a good story. In Grave Consequences, Cora observes, “As with so much else that was right and true in life, we got lost in the particulars and lost sight of what was right and true in the first place—we concentrated on the things that divided us rather than the things that unified us. Love. Grace. Peace.” Later, she asks, “Would this journey leave me lost rather than found?” What a profound question for each of us to ask ourselves as we take our own journeys through life.

Personally, I would have liked to see a two-page recap of the first book for those who haven’t read it as well as for those who read it but would appreciate a reminder of the characters and plot. 

I recommend this book for readers who enjoy inspirational fiction and clean romance with an underlying spiritual message. Fortunately, readers won’t have to wait long for the third book in the series, Glittering Promises, to be released this fall.

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