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A Summer In Europe by Marilyn Brant
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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of Brant’s books, but this is my favorite. I got to travel through Europe vicariously with Gwen, the main character, seeing the sights, eating the food, and interacting with her aunt and her aunt’s S&M friends (Sudoku and Mah-jongg). They’re colorful characters, and Gwen is the onlooker, taking everything in but not giving herself fully to life. The book is about Gwen’s transformation, and part of this comes about because of a man who’s the most colorful character in the book.

But what I loved most about the book is Brant’s prose. Her first book was According to Jane, in which the main character has Jane Austen giving her advice. Perhaps Brant channeled a bit of Jane herself. Her prose is Austen-like – observing, witty and charming - making this a joy to read.
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