Story excerpts for review:

Sarah and Mark go to Los Angeles on a Harley.
Marceline and Romeo each find Love.
Darôk Cinzelado’s Love Finds Marceline.

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Books to review (PDF read only format)
Summer Bridge Tales Book I Marceline
Summer Bridge Tales Book II - A Picnic and Panic
Summer Bridge Tales Book III - Hênrí & Phillípe
Summer Bridge Tales Book IV - Marceline Finds Love
Summer Bridge Tales Book V - Sarah
Summer Bridge Tales Book VI - Generations
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       Summer Bridge story Background

Summer Bridge is a foot bridge that crosses the Eel River, which is a local tourist attraction and treat in summer. Many an after dinner walk starts and ends there; as a lover's rendezvous any time of a warm summer's day the bridge holds many memories. However, each winter the tremendous snowfalls in that area, results in springtime floods. They rage and tumble through the canyon so heavily and at such a height along the river's banks that the Summer Bridge was broken away from its moorings and carried downstream twice. Both times it was broken into unusable pieces. 

   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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Sunday, September 15, 2019   Press Release


This website describes the Summer Bridge Tales story, which is a six-book 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.

  The series extends to the lives of the Pârfait and Davidson family, Marceline's brother Romeo, her father Henri and mother Angeline. Marceline's lovers and the stage acting career of her life long friend Sarah Davidson. 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 book 1 centers on the two main character with intertwining plot lines driven by Marceline's love of her life Darôk Cinzelado, a young Brazilian businessman meeting her on a trip with her Uncle Phillípe. As story characters weave an international two family history, they are drawn to the Summer Bridge as a focus point within the story. 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.

   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 is treated at a local surgical clinic Marceline gets some plastic surgery. The wound is treated by a an interning plastic surgeon who says there will be no observable scar on her otherwise flawless face.

   Further along 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.

   As the two ingénues arrive in Redwoodville, after meeting Marceline's Uncle Clemon,Sarah and Marceline discover the Riverside Saloon. 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, Sarah stakes her claim to the Riverside Saloon.

   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 with Jackson Roberst, 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.

   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.

   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. Phillípe Pârfait's seemingly mature uncle needs a good thrashing.

   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 is transmogrified 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.
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