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Sarah and Mark go to Los Angeles
on a Harley.
Marceline and Romeo each find Love.
Darôk’s Love Finds Marceline.
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This website describes Book One of Summer Bridge Tales, a five-story series describing the lives, loves and adventures of Marceline Pârfait, Sarah Davidson and their hard-working conservative families. The two young women are master's degree graduates, who after five years of school decide, rather than heading back east and jumping feet-first into their chosen careers, would like to see and experience some of the beautiful State of California, in which they studied and cloistered themselves during the past five years. Part of this vacation trip is an attempt to purge Marceline's bad memories of her cold and uncaring neighborhood boyfriend, Jacob.
Future Books Two through Five will describe the lives of the extended Pârfait and Davidson family consisting of Marceline's brother Romeo, her father Henri, her mother Angeline, Marceline's lover Darôk Camul and the stage acting career and marriage of Sarah Davidson, Marceline Pârfait's life-long friend. The story is laid out for the reader in an enjoyable flowing style, with romantic, life adventures and character cross-linkages weaving an extended family saga.
The scope of this book centers on the two main character with intertwining plot lines driven by Marceline's avaricious uncle and his rational and kind brother. As story characters weave an international two family history, they are drawn to the Summer Bridge as a focus point within the story arc. This foot bridge crosses a high canyon over the Eel River in Humboldt County and links the town of Redwoodville to a California State environmental reserve and nature park. The nature reserve is located on Arboria Island, which is composed of a hard volcanic rock up thrust in the middle of the Eel River in Northern California.
In the first book, because Marceline owes her Uncle Phillípe a large sum of money, she intends to pay him back by performing some arboreal research for him. In addition to planning a great variation for the two of them, she asked Sarah her life-long friend to assist her in this research. As the two ingénues arrive in Redwoodville, prior to meeting Marceline's uncle they discover the Riverside Saloon.
The graduates' on-the-road adventures include a dangerous earthquake and avalanche situation, which interrupts their rest stop and picnic. By saving Sarah, Marceline proves herself worthy of becoming a Gnostic Pleroma adept, which is a high honor in her spirit centered religion. Then, after a wound she received on her cheek during an avalanche, Marceline is treated at a local surgical clinic. The wound is treated by a an interning plastic surgeon who says there will be no observable scar on her otherwise flawless face.
Further alone on their trip to Humboldt County, Sarah and Marceline stay at her Uncle Clemon's vineyard, to experience exceptional California wine, great Spanish food and a epicurean lifestyle.
The Riverside Saloon is a bar, restaurant, lumberman's playroom on weekends and a watering hole for any lumberjack or lover of country and western music who can scrape together a buck for a drink. Sarah is enamored with the male activities there, and without consulting with Marceline zeros in on the staking her claim to the place.
She is attracted by the hooting and hollering of a corral of lumberjacks who offer her and Marceline drinks and companionship. Sarah has a great time at the Riverside Saloon with Jackson Roberts, a country and western band leader, who becomes her newest lover.
The Riverside Saloon contrasts with the quieter Humboldt Inn at the other, more gentile section of town. With its up scale dining room, the Jefferson Restaurant, the inn attracts Marceline for its more dignified clientele and urbane atmosphere. Since her Central American dream lover Darôk Camul, hasn't as yet arrived, Marceline arrives at the Humboldt County Inn, and falls hard for the concierge.
Marceline's Uncle Phillípe is a clever and chauvinistic people-user. His aggressive attitude toward suborninates and his rapcious characteristics strikes everyone as his having a vile personality. Overall, he is a self-centered, uber-rational 19th Century Victorian sort of man who knows how to rely on his greed and desire to dominate everyone near him.
His far fetching schemes, amorous endeavors, aggressive attitude toward women, including his long-suffering wife Monica, who he loves dearly but who he dominates like a tyrant.
Phillípe's villainous actions against any person or entity standing in his way, be they relative, business associate, spiritual beings or even God, are ingrained habits, and his modus operandi, developed through a life of wealth and privilege is his downfall. When Phillípe gets caught during one of his most vile schemes, the price he pays is very high.
Eventually, this act against humanity and God is his undoing at the story's climax, Phillípe Pârfait's dire intentions are revealed in his plan to commercially exploit the Arboria Island pond's healing powers, and to have the three people who discovered Arboria Islands secret, killed by a contract murderer. Marceline, tries her best to stop him by combining her inner strength and spiritual beliefs with Nature's Forces. The Pârfait family's ancestral spirits, in their unrelenting quest to protect itself, family members and family business associates, persuade Marceline to, work with them to become a bleeding Pieta, in effect she transmogrifies into a spiritual entity that pleads with her uncle to change his ways and do good for the family this once before its too late.
Incredibly Phillípe does not take his niece's actions or pleading seriously. However because of his intractability, Phillípe sees the walls of justice closing in on him. Phillípe's arrogance and rapacious exploitation of Nature's resources, does not sit well with any spiritual entity that savors life. As a result, Arboria Island enacts Nature's revenge on Phillípe Pârfait by closing off his escape path from the island. When he is killed by his own greed, because of his most vile actions; only six people attended his funeral; his brother Henri Parfait delivers Phillípe's eulogy..
The Summer Bridge foot bridge is a local tourist attraction and treat in summer. It's also an after dinner walking spot and lover's rendezvous at any time of a warm summer's day. However, each the tremendous winter snowfall in that area results in springtime floods, which raged through the canyon so heavily and at such a height along the river's banks, the Summer Bridge was carried downstream twice and broken into unusable pieces each time.
Therefore, to not suffer the loss of their beloved bridge ever again, the townsfolk and the city council approved the construction of a removable bridge, which is taken off its granite rock and concrete support mounts in fall. Then in late spring when the river flow has subsided and no threat of floods exist, the bridge is put back into place and bolted down for the summer. This is where Marceline and Darôk declare their love for each other and is a central focus of the story.
In the book's Denouement the medical examiner declares the deaths of Phillípe Pârfait and Gerry Adelson accidental and restricts any release of information concerning the two dead men. The high council of the Gnostic Pleroma condemns Phillípe's soul. There will be no appeal or forgiveness of this vile entity.
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