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 totally beautiful. but if the reward she is looking forward to -- 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 lovely vistas of southern Italy, whatever adjustments. Gwen starts off to stay 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 -- 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 best guy and intensely humorous aiding solid, in particular the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately dwelling lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and fascinating story will let readers to immerse themselves within the magic and sweetness of Europe besides the characters. even supposing the descriptions of the surroundings are outstanding, the improvement of the characters and their distinct personalities are what particularly make this novel shine. What an stress-free escape!" ~ Romantic Times**A summer time IN EUROPE is a Literary Guild and a Rhapsody e-book membership Featured trade choice for December 2011**
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She wouldn’t be calling Gwen up and asking if she were a Squatting Ostrich or a Twisted Ferret today. She sighed, feeling the twinge of her aloneness spreading like a low, slow ache. She wasn’t the type to make hordes of friends, so she missed having another woman to talk to on weekdays. Someone who’d sincerely listen. There was always her aunt, of course, but, well ... not really. And were it not for Richard, she’d be more than alone this summer. She’d be lonely, too. She walked into the kitchen and poured one measuring cup of her high-fiber bran flakes into her favorite white ceramic cereal bowl—the one with daisies very cheerfully ringing the circumference.
All’s Well That Ends Well) —William Shakespeare “Life ... ” “Does it seem reasonable that she should play so wonderfully, and live so quietly? I suspect that one day she will be wonderful in both ... ” —E. M. Forster (A Room with a View) 1 An Unexpected Turn of Events Tuesday, June 26 The thing no one understood about Gwendolyn Reese was that she was three ages at once: thirty chronologically, forty-five intellectually and fifteen experientially. The people inhabiting her small circle of acquaintances planned to celebrate the first of these maturational milestones with Mylar balloons and devil’s food cake.
Yeah. Yours will come in handy now,” he replied, his voice almost tart. Was he envious? Perhaps he was really sad to see her leave. “Hey,” she’d said. “I have an idea! Don’t you have a few days of vacation left this summer? ” Buoyed by this rare burst of spontaneity, Gwen held her breath, awaiting his reply. Richard kept her waiting for at least twelve seconds. She’d counted. “I’ll think about it,” he said finally. ” And, so, they’d left it that, maybe, he’d join the group for their final days in London, since that was where the tour concluded.
A Summer In Europe by Marilyn Brant