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 is not solely beautiful. but if the reward she is anticipating -- an engagement ring from her boyfriend -- does not materialize, Gwen makes a decision to move. in the beginning, 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 wonderful vistas of southern Italy, whatever alterations. Gwen starts to stay within the moment: skipping down stone staircases in Capri, operating her palms over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing throughout the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in each new adventure -- in particular her appeal 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 assisting forged, particularly 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 besides the characters. even supposing the descriptions of the surroundings are awesome, the advance of the characters and their targeted personalities are what relatively make this novel shine. What an relaxing 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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She’d never been one of those foodie types like her aunt. She’d halfheartedly put a few items on her plate, but Connie Sue forced a leg of fried chicken on her—“Why, it’s my Texan mama’s special recipe”—and Matilda was a potato-pie pusher, so Gwen nibbled on those while, at the same time, trying to keep at bay the growing tension headache hovering at her temples. The group was abuzz with excitement that night since many of them would be leaving on a big trip in just a few days and this was the last time they’d all be together for a number of weeks.
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. Why that discussion would have to wait until it was colder, however, was beyond her comprehension. “Okay,” she murmured again, but she couldn’t help but be tempted to say: Did you think Halloween would be a more serious time for a proposal?
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. Ideal, in fact. Yet, she must have thought wrong. She bowed her head and shut her eyes tight.