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 possibility isn't really fullyyt beautiful. but if the reward she is anticipating -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen comes to a decision to move. before everything, Gwen techniques 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 wonderful vistas of southern Italy, whatever 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 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 prime guy and extremely humorous aiding solid, specifically the fantastic aged characters with their resonant message approximately dwelling lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and interesting story will enable readers to immerse themselves within the magic and wonder of Europe in addition to the characters. even if the descriptions of the surroundings are extraordinary, the advance of the characters and their targeted personalities are what relatively make this novel shine. What an stress-free escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer time IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody booklet membership Featured exchange choice for December 2011**
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No later than five-fifteen, you hear? We’re seniors. ” Gwen agreed. “And, Gwennie, enjoy your lunch date. ” Aunt Beatrice hung up and Gwen was left holding the phone. She stared out the window of her condo into the rising eastern sun of a bright Iowa summer day, the mighty Mississippi River glinting in the distance. June 26. Her thirtieth birthday. She hoped, with a shiver of pure excitement, that she’d have more to celebrate than a new decade by the day’s end—provided, of course, she survived until bedtime.
Zipping through you like the exhilarating rush of a speeding train ride, on a warm summer night, with the windows wide open. Such is my love for Europe. 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.
Come around four-thirty, then. No later than five-fifteen, you hear? We’re seniors. ” Gwen agreed. “And, Gwennie, enjoy your lunch date. ” Aunt Beatrice hung up and Gwen was left holding the phone. She stared out the window of her condo into the rising eastern sun of a bright Iowa summer day, the mighty Mississippi River glinting in the distance. June 26. Her thirtieth birthday. She hoped, with a shiver of pure excitement, that she’d have more to celebrate than a new decade by the day’s end—provided, of course, she survived until bedtime.