A Summer In Europe by Marilyn Brant

By Marilyn Brant

On her 30th birthday, Gwendolyn Reese gets an unforeseen current from her widowed Aunt Bea: a grand travel of Europe within the corporation of Bea's Sudoku and Mah-jongg membership. the chance isn't really totally beautiful. but if the reward she is anticipating -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen comes to a decision to head. in the beginning, Gwen techniques the journey as though it is the math homework she assigns her scholars, diligently checking monuments off her must-see checklist. yet amid the bougainvillea and beautiful vistas of southern Italy, anything adjustments. Gwen starts off to dwell within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, working her arms over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing in the course of the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in each new adventure -- in particular her appeal to a charismatic British physics professor -- Gwen discovers that the traditional wonders round her are not anything in comparison to the renaissance unfolding within..."Brant's newest...distinguishes itself with a charismatic major guy and extremely humorous aiding forged, specifically the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately residing lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and fascinating story will permit readers to immerse themselves within the magic and sweetness of Europe in addition to the characters. even supposing the descriptions of the surroundings are remarkable, the improvement of the characters and their special personalities are what relatively make this novel shine. What an relaxing escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer season IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody publication membership Featured exchange choice for December 2011**

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Richard saw her do this, and he smiled. “I know how you like wearing those old ones,” he said brightly. “But I figured they were kind of worn-out now, you know. ” She stared at him for a long moment but had no way of responding to this astonishing comment. She’d told him of her sentimental connection to her mother’s earrings. She’d even told him that these were the earrings her father had given her mother when Gwen was born. That her mom had always said one day they’d be hers. That she’d give them to Gwen on her sixteenth birthday ...

The elderly lady snorted. “After all this time together, just some li’l pearl earrings? Not even diamonds? ” Aunt Bea frowned. ” Gwen shook her head and saw her aunt and Hester exchange a pointed glance. Quickly, Gwen added, “But the earrings are really lovely,” hoping to diffuse her aunt’s silent condemnation and defend an absent Richard from Hester’s obvious disapproval, too. She’d made the mistake of bringing him to an S&M gathering once, and Richard had hated every second of it. Although he was unfailingly courteous while in her aunt’s home, once he was out of it, he let it be known to her that “the chaos, disorder and unnatural degree of impulsivity” of the club members made him uncomfortable.

Cynthia Adams. She’s in her early forties but still single. She likes to travel. ” Zenia rolled her eyes. ” But then, Zenia, Gwen knew, had been happily divorced for thirty-one out of her sixty-two years. She didn’t have much use or patience for the male segment of the species. Not that she was above a one- or two-night stand every now and again. “She took a tour through Spain and Portugal with this company before, honey,” Connie Sue told Gwen. ” Zenia dropped her carry-on bag on the noisy tile floor, sighed heavily and crossed her arms.

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