by Marilyn Brant

Publisher: Kensington

Published: November 29, 2011

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

ISBN: 9780758261519

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

In work, in love, and in life Gwendolyn Reese lives in a world that is as narrow as her focus, for her comfort level.

But what happens when the trip of a lifetime shakes up that orderly and predictable world?

Marilyn Brant’s A SUMMER IN EUROPE is a tale as timeless as humanity.  We watch Gwendolyn come to the realization that life is bigger than the box we often try to contain it in and that it offers more than what we think we want or need.

As a young girl, Gwen lost her mother and took on a full adult role in caring for her siblings and her father.  However, having to grow up that fast cost her so much.

As a woman, Gwen’s life is orderly and in an almost a compulsive fashion, she strives to keep it that way; she fears change.  Nonetheless, when her boyfriend needs a relationship break, Gwendolyn Reese does the unthinkable.  She agrees, and then she accepts her Aunt Bea’s gift and a chance to know Europe.

But she’s out of her element with her aunt’s well-traveled group and is skittish, at first.

Soon, Gwen is breaking free of her own restraints and living life the way it should’ve been lived while enjoying every never scripted, scheduled, or listed moment, and she finds herself loving the freedom, enjoying Europe, and a Brit named Emerson.

Now, when her old boyfriend returns, will Gwen go back to the predictable lifestyle she’d always known?

My Take:

I recommend Marilyn Brant’s A SUMMER IN EUROPE.

Not only will you enjoy the changing life of Gwendolyn, but also you’ll meet a whole ensemble of characters that will make you laugh, show you Europe, and teach you something that you didn’t know already.

Marilyn Brant is a gifted writer who brings you to Europe.  Really.

Her descriptions engage the reader enough that the aroma of the regional cuisine will make you hungry.  While visiting the sites, you’ll feel the charge of discovery and the gift of the experience. And through her characters, the author shares a love of life and its many experiences, showing the reader that sometimes we can accept what we have or find happiness elsewhere.

This book is a standalone title, but you’ll want to check out some of Marilyn Brant’s other works such as FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (Kensington 2010) and ACCORDING TO JANE (Kensington 2009).


2 responses to “A SUMMER IN EUROPE

  1. This looks like a wonderful read.

  2. Ann, it really is a great read!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s