Grave Consequences iPad Mini Giveaway from Lisa T. Bergren

Saturday, March 16, 2013

About Grave Consequences

The Powerful, Epic Romance Continues, Book 2 in Lisa T. Begren's Grand Tour series
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. 
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Meet Lisa:  
Lisa 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. 
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Celebrate the release of Grave Consequences with Lisa T. Bergren by entering to win an iPad Mini!


One "grand" winner receive:

  • A brand new iPad Mini

  • Grave Consequences and Glamorous Illusions will be pre-loaded onto the Mini!

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My Thoughts:  Cora is on a European tour with her new found family. Her rich "father" has agreed that after she goes on this tour he will pay for her education and help her parents who are struggling back in Montana. 
During this tour Cora and the tour guide's nephew Will have gotten close and her "father" isn't thrilled. He wants her to be with someone of means like Pierre, who really doesn't interest Cora at all.
My absolute favorite part of the book was when Cora copied the men and jumped off the balcony into the Rhone river, Will heard her and went to check on her. When he didn't see her surface he jumped in to find her. Got her out of the water, gave her what we know as CPR, something he had only heard about. Carried her to her room with her head on his shoulder. *sigh*
Lisa takes you right into the Regency era with the gowns, the language, and what a woman should and shouldn't do.
This book is filled with romance, suspense, and mystery. It kept me up late reading.
This is the second book in the series, the first was Glamorous Illusions, which I loved. The final book in the series will be released in October, Glittering Promises. You need to read these in order.

The Blue Ribbon JalapeƱo Society Jubilee

Bestselling author Carolyn Brown makes her first foray into women's fiction with this poignant and hilarious novel about four friends in Cadillac, Texas—where the best jalapenos in the world are grown.

Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. But after the festivities—and the hostilities—are over, it's four friends who are left standing, proving once again that friendship is forever.

My Thoughts:  Cadillac, Texas just doesn't grow hot jalapenos, it also has a group of quirky, wacky, and hilarious people who just can't seem to stay out of each others lives. 
There was a lot going on in this novel, and I had a hard time keeping track of it all. When I was asked to read and review it, the description reminded me of Steel Magnolia's. However, there are way too many characters, and it felt like some got lost along the way. I really wanted to like it and have it engulf me but it just didn't.

The Chance

It’s never too late for those willing to take a chance.
Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend —Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

My Thoughts:  

This is a novel about second chances, faith and forgiveness. Things we all long for. It is typical Karen Kingsbury, nothing spectacular or life shattering. Having been a navy brat I experienced exactly what Ellie did. Had to move just before my Junior year of high school, left a boyfriend in San Diego, California and moved to Orlando, Florida. I thought I would die. I found that I enjoyed Florida a lot better than California. In Ellie's case she looses her faith, due a hard nosed Marine father who spits out Bible verses like he spits out commands to troops. With no love or compassion. She hates him and everything about God. The love of her daughter, and her sweet prayers begin to change her heart.
Nolan has everything he could ever want as a NBA star, except companionship. His dad died when he was a teen, he can't find Ellie, and he has searched and searched. He constantly prays to God for direction to find Ellie. He hopes she won't forget their date to meet underneath the tree to dig up the box and read their letters.
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