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 completely attractive. but if the reward she is watching for -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to move. at the beginning, Gwen ways 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 gorgeous vistas of southern Italy, anything adjustments. Gwen starts off to reside within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, working her hands over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing throughout the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in each new event -- specially her charm 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 prime guy and extremely humorous assisting forged, specially the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately dwelling existence to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's fascinating and interesting story will enable readers to immerse themselves within the magic and wonder of Europe besides the characters. even supposing the descriptions of the surroundings are remarkable, the advance of the characters and their detailed personalities are what particularly make this novel shine. What an stress-free escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer season IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody publication membership Featured trade choice for December 2011**

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Zenia hissed at Connie Sue. Connie Sue shook her frosted blond head. ” “Or like his Twitter profile photo,” added Zenia, unable to disguise her resentment. In Gwen’s opinion, Guido did not look like the kind of person who would embrace social networking of any kind. ” She cleared her throat. ” “She’s one of the Brits, dear,” Aunt Bea explained. “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.

From holding my mom’s hand and gazing out at London Bridge when I was just a little girl to getting engaged to the love of my life on that same bridge over twenty years later, I’ve traveled at so many significant moments that the experience of embarking on an international journey has melded with my DNA and become part of me. I performed in folk-dance festivals throughout Europe as a college student, backpacked with my fiancé-then-husband through the dust-covered ancient ruins of Italy, Greece and Turkey, touched a glacier on the snow-tipped Alps, strolled along the coastal walkways of the Riviera and explored the vibrant European capital cities from Budapest to Dublin and from Madrid to Oslo.

The S&M club had been together for nearly twenty years, through marriages, divorces, deaths, the birth of grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Zenia was a relatively new member. Hester was a founding member, who’d met Aunt Bea at some community center social a decade before and reeled her in. Even Gwen’s dad, before he’d died two years ago, had been involved periodically with the group, making the trek from Waverly to Dubuque for an occasional gathering or tournament. “I’m more on the sudoku side,” he’d confided in Gwen once.

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