Readers are treated to histories of Italy, France and Austria without getting overwhelmed in book two of Bergren’s Grand Tour series. The wonderfully written characters are smart, strong and figuring out who they truly are.
Cora Kensington is having a wonderful time on her grand tour, but also is missing her parents and Montana. But a deal is a deal — she will finish the tour and then return to normal school. Her newfound siblings don’t understand how she can walk away from all the glamour and wealth that has landed at her feet. She is attracted to two men: one a baron who could offer her the world; the other the nephew of their tour guide, who has little to nothing to offer her, but who understands her. (DAVID C. COOK, Mar., 448 pp., $14.99)