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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 journey of Europe within the corporation of Bea's Sudoku and Mah-jongg membership. the chance isn't really fullyyt attractive. but if the reward she is looking ahead to -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen comes to a decision to move. before everything, Gwen ways the journey as though it is the math homework she assigns her scholars, diligently checking monuments off her must-see record. yet amid the bougainvillea and beautiful vistas of southern Italy, whatever adjustments. Gwen starts to dwell within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, working her hands over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing during the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in each new adventure -- in particular her allure 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 best guy and extremely humorous assisting forged, particularly the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately dwelling lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and interesting story will permit readers to immerse themselves within the magic and wonder of Europe besides the characters. even if the descriptions of the surroundings are awesome, the improvement of the characters and their designated 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 ebook membership Featured trade choice for December 2011**

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Gwen snapped off the music, trying to shrug off dancing nerves of indistinct origin. What was with these senseless jitters? This was going to be wonderful! It was the day she’d been waiting for.... She forced herself to take a deep breath and then floated down the hall to get ready. She brushed and flossed, meticulously chose an outfit for her luncheon (white blouse, floral peach and pale pink skirt, brown leather sandals, dangling pearl earrings that had once belonged to her mother—for good luck) and packed her gym bag.

But, with the possible exception of her eccentric Aunt Beatrice, they were patently oblivious to the third. Aunt Beatrice—who clocked in at sixty-seven chronologically, twenty-four intellectually and a whopping one hundred-ten experientially—knew how to have a good time. Even if Beatrice’s idea of “a good time” didn’t exactly mesh with Gwendolyn’s own. —by the persistent ringing of the telephone and realized that on this, her thirtieth birthday, and in complete disregard of her intentions for a quiet solo dinner and a warm bath to the emotionally soaring melodies of Andrew Lloyd Webber, she’d be spending the evening instead with Beatrice and all thirteen wack-job members of her aunt’s S&M club.

She took her class, cleaned herself up, did a few household tasks and even spoke briefly to each of her brothers. George, six years her junior, called to say, “Happy birthday, Sis,” from his computer-programming internship in Atlanta. And Geoffrey, eight years younger than Gwen, phoned in from his accountancy work-study site in Seattle with the jovial greeting, “So, whoa, three decades! ” “Very funny,” she’d said to Geoff, laughing, but she only pretended amusement. As excited as she was about her date with Richard, she’d been dreading this particular birthday for months.

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