Cantabrian Summer, Baltic Winter

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 363 pages
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A chance encounter while shopping in a northern Spanish fishing port draws delectable, half-French, half-Polish Tamara von Rosenberg into friendship with Martin Haynes, a freelance writer and translator living in a nearby village. Their relationship, kindled through mutual intellectual interests, soon blossoms into caring, passionate affection. Tamara's idyllic holiday in Cantabria is brought to a premature and unhappy end when news reaches her that her widower father is dying following an inexplicable road accident on a remote Polish country lane.

Tamara and Martin try in vain to solve the mystery of Ruben's death. Meanwhile, Tamara's perseverance with her late father's ambition to transform a derelict 19th century mansion into a nursing home is met with spiteful opposition. Certain individuals will resort to radical means to wrest the property from her hands.

Poland plunges into a bleak and bitter winter of political turmoil and economic chaos amid growing opposition to the government's positive stance of future European Union membership. Nationalistic sympathies run high, and there is a renaissance of historic feuds. Tamara and Martin soon discover that staying alive in remote Rybkowo is a formidable challenge.


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Mike Bent (Belmont, MA) started performing stand-up comedy when he was sixteen at the famous Ding Ho comedy club in Cambridge, MA. He has performed at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the U.S. as well as the White House and the Montreal Comedy Festival. His television appearances include spots on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and A&E. He teaches courses in writing sketch and stand-up comedy at Boston s Emerson College, and is a comedy consultant for Warner Brothers.

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