For 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.
Grave Consequences is the compelling companion to Glamourous Illusions and parallels its predecessor with a riveting plot, intriguing characters and palpable suspense that will satisfy even the most captious historical romance readers. With a group of personalities that are redeeming themselves for their cavalier and pretentious behaviours in the first instalment, Cora continues her sojourn across Europe’s most renowned destinations and coveted estates. She is still learning to navigate the labyrinthine of upper society with dignity and grace but has now become more acclimatized to her new birthright, if not accepting of it. Her pragmatic views on life are slowly being relinquished in favour of adventure and discovery. William and Pierre continue to relentlessly peruse Cora, yet in two different but equally appealing, manners; one is observent and reverent, the other grandiose and fervent. Lisa Bergren does not tip her hand towards one suitor or the other until the plot and character development necessitate a resolution, resulting in much anticipation. Capitalizing on the high drama at the end of Glamourous Illusions, Lisa continues the suspenseful subplot of danger and intrigue in equal balance to all the other elements. This is a series for which I have every confidence will continue to thrill even with a third book.