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 fullyyt attractive. but if the reward she is watching for -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to head. at the start, 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 attractive vistas of southern Italy, whatever alterations. Gwen starts 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 -- 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 intensely humorous aiding solid, specially the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately residing existence to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's fascinating and fascinating story will enable readers to immerse themselves within the magic and sweetness of Europe in addition to the characters. even supposing the descriptions of the surroundings are outstanding, the advance of the characters and their certain personalities are what fairly make this novel shine. What an relaxing escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer season IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody e-book membership Featured exchange choice for December 2011**

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Well—yes, of course. They ... they’re lovely, Richard. ” “You’re welcome,” he gushed. “I’m so glad you think they’re pretty. I saw this pair and immediately thought of you. ” She instinctively reached up to touch the pearl earrings she already had on. 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.

Her aunt cried when she spotted her. ” Aunt Beatrice, who’d been chatting with Miss Hester Greenwald over vodka-spiked glasses of Fresca (her aunt’s favorite drink), broke off her conversation and wrapped her slender but wiry arms around her niece. Despite being a head shorter than Gwen and about forty pounds lighter, Beatrice still managed to crush her with the embrace. It was all Gwen could do to keep breathing and to not drop the fruit kabobs. “Hi, Aunt Bea,” Gwen rasped, sucking in a lungful of air when her aunt let go.

Yet, she must have thought wrong. She bowed her head and shut her eyes tight. Warring with her hurt and confusion, however, was the acute discomfort that she’d somehow miscalculated something so significant. And her misjudgment was only accentuated by Richard’s behavior. He paid for the meal, helped her collect her things and walked her to her car without a single mention of marriage. Although she wanted to be understanding, a frustrated part of her also wanted to shake him and cry, “What happened, Richard?

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