Grave Consequences is the second book in the Grand Tour series. This installment picks up after the Kensingtons and Morgans have survived an apparent kidnapping attempt in Paris. The group has decided to continue on their tour of Europe, along with their guides and added security. Pierre plans to meet up with them, to continue his pursuit of Cora's heart. Have they lost their kidnappers? Can they trust their own traveling companions? And can Cora's heart decides whom it wants - Will, the faithful, steady, "normal" man who fits her old life, or Pierre, the dashing, wealthy, powerful man who epitomizes her new life? Which life does Cora even want for herself?
I have to say that I was disappointed in this sequel to Glamorous Illusions. When I read the first book, I was able to enjoy the story with the caveat that I wanted more - I wanted Cora to search harder for what this new life adventure meant for her and her relationship with God. If possible, this book had even less of that - it was really about Cora deciding which suitor she wanted to accept. There was a little bit in there of how this Tour had changed her life and changed who she was, but it didn't seem to be for the better, except that it made her richer and made her lief easier. Her continuous doubts over whether to choose Will or Pierre felt very shallow. It took her maid, Anna, talking about how working for the Kensingtons changed her own life, for Cora to even really evaluate whether she could make something good of the changes that had been forced upon her. And as much as Will fell in love with Cora for her intelligence and lack of airs, it didn't take long for her to become at ease with the grand dresses and to become more interested in Will instead of the lessons and education he was presenting on the tour.
Overall, I did not enjoy this book, even as much as the first. I can only give it 2 stars. It felt drawn out, and even the descriptions of the cities and sites were languorous. Too much shallow pursuit, and too little internal soul-searching or depth of relationship made this book a rough read. I will probably still read book 3 to see how it finishes, and I will continue to read Ms. Bergren's other works, as I have found them to be much more enjoyable, but this one was not a favorite.
You can find Lisa T. Bergren's site HERE. (I adore her children's books, and her River of Time series was a really fun Young Adult set!)
You can purchase the book or read an excerpt HERE.
I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.