Cora is about to discover who she truly is. It’s the summer of 1913, and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. Not only are the crops failing, but someone dear to Cora is failing as well. One fateful afternoon, a stranger comes to call, and Cora discovers a terrible secret about her past… a secret that will radically change her future.
Cora is invited to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe, a trip intended to finish a person’s education and solidify an understanding of refinement and ancient culture. As she travels from England to France with kin she’s never known, Cora encounters the blessings of a family name, as well as the curses. But when an unbidden love begins to form, she realizes there are far greater challenges ahead….
The first audiobook in the Grand Tour series will take you on a journey of cultural refinement - but, moreover, on an inner journey of self-discovery.
©2012 Lisa T. Bergren (P)2012 Oasis
Well written and read! Great story line with enough real life experience with grief, love, loss and shame that makes the reader reflect on their life and coping mechanisms.
Believer in what you can't see
The best part is when Cora's discovers who her real father is and that she never forgets those who are important to her, even after she discovers she is rich.
The trip to Europe,Cora's challenges with her new family and becoming adjusted to all that her new things life can give her. I also love the kidnapping plot, it makes the whole story more exciting.
I have only listen to one other book from this series and she does a great job with both the men and women voices. She also captures the emotions each scene requires for you to experience Cora's journey.
Cora is the most memorable. She is strong, feisty and won't back down, but she also equals it out with always taking the others point of view, which is really hard.
This book has a sweet, predictable storyline with improbable twists. Naive country girl from hardscrabble background discovers that her loving parents have kept her true paternity a secret. Girl's wealthy biological father sweeps in to rescue her from her parents' growing financial hardship, leaving her longing for her simple life. Girl's inscrutable new father immediately sends her on a grand tour of Europe with her newly discovered siblings, who are hostile to the interloper. Girl suffers identity crisis and her plucky personality emerges. You can guess the rest. A sophisticated, wealthy French nobleman inexplicably falls in love with her at first sight. But the steadfast, handsome young tour guide with no prospects (who seems to be in a constant state of angst) also moons after her -- what's a girl to do? I will never know because I won't be reading the sequel. I would recommend this book to mature adolescents, rather than adult readers.
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