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 is not completely beautiful. but if the present she is watching for -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to move. first and foremost, 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, anything alterations. Gwen starts off to reside within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, working her palms 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 adventure -- 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 major guy and extremely humorous assisting solid, in particular the glorious aged characters with their resonant message approximately residing lifestyles to the fullest." ~ Publishers Weekly"Brant's captivating and fascinating story will let readers to immerse themselves within the magic and wonder of Europe besides the characters. even if the descriptions of the surroundings are remarkable, the advance of the characters and their particular 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 booklet membership Featured trade choice for December 2011**

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Louie remarked, discarding a three and drawing a more favorable ten and queen. “A reduction of at least twenty-five percent from our previous speed of approximately 500 miles per hour,” Davis replied, glancing up at them from the puzzle he was working on in a level-six Sudoku Master Challenge workbook. As one of only a few S&M members who qualified for the competition in Belgium, he had to be ready. Gwen, accustomed to far more quiet time than she was getting that day, was starting to feel as though she may have made a terrible mistake in coming—European adventure or no.

We’ve only met online so far. Tournaments. Facebook. ” Gwen didn’t know. Or, more accurately, she only vaguely remembered. ” she asked slowly. ” her aunt exclaimed. “They’re really into S&M there,” Dr. Louie said with his booming baritone. The flight attendant walking up the aisle swiveled around and shot him an odd look. Most of the passengers in rows 23, 24 and 25 abruptly stopped talking. Half of row 21 craned their necks to glance back at him. Gwen slunk down in her seat. ” some random guy, sitting two rows behind them, asked with a laugh.

We’ve been dating for almost two years and, well, I can imagine you might be expecting something more for your birthday than earrings. I was at the jewelry store, you know. I was ... looking. But a commitment, like marriage, for instance, is a very serious thing. It requires planning and deliberation and lots of consideration. I think an engagement is better suited to a more reflective time of year. Like fall. ” She felt her brow furrow as she tried to make sense of this statement. Yes, she’d agree marriage was a very serious matter and it was worthy of much thought and discussion.

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