Armchair Traveler?

Dreaming of a fabulous summer vacation but can’t take the time off work? Wishing you could indulge in a European romance? Here’s your chance to see the sights and have a bit of an adventure from the comfort of your favorite reading chair. Today’s giveaway is a copy of Marilyn Brant’s A SUMMER IN EUROPE.

On her thirtieth birthday, Gwendolyn Reese receives an unexpected present from her widowed Aunt Bea: a grand tour of Europe in the company of Bea’s Sudoku and Mah-jongg Club. The prospect isn’t entirely appealing. But when the gift she is expecting — an engagement ring from her boyfriend — doesn’t materialize, Gwen decides to go. At first, Gwen approaches the trip as if it’s the math homework she assigns her students, diligently checking monuments off her must-see list. But amid the bougainvillea and stunning vistas of southern Italy, something changes. Gwen begins to live in the moment:¬†skipping down stone staircases in Capri, running her fingers over a glacier in view of the Matterhorn, racing through the Louvre, and taste-testing pastries at a Marseilles cafe. Revelling in every new experience — especially her attraction to a charismatic British physics professor — Gwen discovers that the ancient wonders around her are nothing compared to the renaissance unfolding within…

Leave a comment on this thread by 5pm PT on Friday, July 13th in order to be eligible. I’ll choose a random winner and come back then to announce the name. And don’t forget to keep checking the blog all this week (starting with yesterday’s post) for more fun giveaways!

EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Lona Stringer, winner of A SUMMER IN EUROPE by Marilyn Brant! Keep an eye on your inbox for information on how to collect your book.

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing, and don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s giveaways here on the blog. Good luck!