A SUMMER IN EUROPE
Brant’s charming and engaging tale will allow readers to immerse themselves in the magic and beauty of Europe along with the characters. Although the descriptions of the scenery are amazing, the development of the characters and their unique personalities are what really make this novel shine. What an enjoyable escape!
When Gwendolyn Reese turns 30, she has her practical life completely mapped out — until her eccentric Aunt Bea’s sudoku and mah-jongg club gives her the gift of a month traveling in Europe with them over the summer. Since she didn’t get the gift she was expecting — an engagement ring from her boyfriend — the time seems right to go away for a bit. At first, Gwen sees the trip as a roster of historic sites and vistas to cross off her life’s “to-do” list. Yet as the summer progresses and she gets to know her travel mates — and herself — more, Gwen begins to discover that life is meant to be lived and explored in order to truly be fulfilled. (KENSINGTON, Dec., 352 pp., $15.00)