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 possibility is not fullyyt beautiful. but if the present she is watching for -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to move. initially, Gwen methods 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 alterations. Gwen starts off to stay 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 event -- specifically 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 top guy and extremely humorous helping solid, in particular the fantastic aged characters with their resonant message approximately residing lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's fascinating and fascinating story will enable readers to immerse themselves within the magic and wonder of Europe besides the characters. even though the descriptions of the surroundings are extraordinary, the improvement of the characters and their certain personalities are what rather make this novel shine. What an relaxing escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer time IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody e-book membership Featured exchange choice for December 2011**

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Everything about her relationship with him had been so seamless, so predictable. Until now. In one last-ditch effort to make certain she hadn’t missed an additional gift anywhere, she slid her fingertips along the bottom of the sparkly silver bag as she wrapped up the earrings in the tissue paper again. Nothing else was in there. And nothing else seemed to be in her boyfriend’s jacket, either, tucked away from view. Nothing. She’d thought two years was a very sensible time frame for an engagement.

She answered politely but couldn’t help but wonder why, after a day that didn’t feel remotely celebratory to her, she was still here, amidst these kindly but rather prying elderly puzzle solvers and game players, eating heavy foods and missing her parents, when all she wanted to do was go home, take a bath and play her CDs. A chorus of “Happy Birthday” roused her into greater awareness of the rest of the group. Her aunt, who’d managed to light candles on a big, chocolate, sprinkle-covered birthday cake sometime during Gwen’s conversation with Connie Sue, came forward in song and, with a couple of balloons in hand, demanded Gwen’s attention.

Richard was smart, kind, steady, responsible. A man she could understand. She liked knowing what to expect out of people, and liked it even more when they consistently delivered. “You and Richard seem, um, well matched,” her aunt had admitted once, after having polished off half a pitcher of piña co-ladas. This was as close as Gwen had ever gotten to an enthusiastic endorsement from Beatrice. But, although Gwen had dated casually in college and afterward, Richard was the most serious boyfriend she’d ever had.

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