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Books to review on sample page (PDF read only format)
Summer Bridge Tales, Book 1, Marceline
Summer Bridge Tales, Book 2, A Picnic and Panic
Summer Bridge Tales, Book 3, Marceline's Men
Summer Bridge Tales, Book 4, Marceline and Darôk's Romance
Sarah and Mark go to Los Angeles on a Harley.
Marceline and her brother Rôméo find Love.
Sample of Summer Bridge Book Four Climax.
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Summer Bridge Historical 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 climax at the end of Book Four, the two killers fall to their deaths off Summer Bridge. The county 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 Pârfait family spiritual adepts, condemns Phillípe's soul. There will be no appeal or forgiveness of this vile entity.
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This website describes the four current books making up the Summer Bridge Tales story, which describes the lives, loves and adventures of Marceline Pârfait, Sarah Davidson and their associated hard-working conservative families. The two young women are master's degree graduates, who after five years of college decide, rather than heading back east and jumping feet-first into their chosen careers, plan to see and experience the beautiful State of California, in which they attended Agerstone College.
For the past five years they have supported each other in socially and intellectually. Having an iPhone buddy to bounce ideas and problems off each other has always been helpful for the two friends. As Marceline studied in her chosen field of biology, and Sarah continuously overextended herself in her dream career of cinema arts, questions about life and love, made the five years of college slip by in a flash. Now that academia is over, they both look forward to a wonderful summer of fun in the wilds of California .
Although, a sadder part of their upcoming vacation trip is Marceline's attempt to purge her bad memories of a cold and uncaring neighborhood amour. Her neighbor boyfriend Jacob Brown unceremoniously dumped Marceline after a family sailing trip to Europe the previous summer. Now it is necessary to clear her heart of the aggravation and broken promises he dangled before her on that trip.
The Book Series
The Summer Bridge Tales story explores the lives of the Pârfait and Davidson families. Henri and Angeline Pârfait have two children: Marceline and her older brother Romeo. Sarah Davidson is the daughter of Erik and Elizabeth Davidson who run an equestrian riding academy. Henri Pârfait is the CEO of a worldwide wood finishing company. The story engages the reader in an enjoyable flowing style, with plenty of romance, life adventures and character cross-linkages,which weaves an extended saga about family and friends.
Book One centers on Marceline Pârfait and Sarah Davidson with intertwining plot lines driven by Marceline's love of her life Darôk Cinzelado, a young Brazilian businessman who met Marceline 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, Northern California. The bridge links the town of Redwoodville to a California State environmental reserve and nature park. This nature reserve is located on Arboria Island, which is composed of a hard volcanic-rock up thrust in the middle of the Eel River.
Darôk and Marceline fell in love on the beach at Recife, Brazil. During her two-week stay. Their on-again and off-again romance during her college career has enhanced Marceline's love for this dynamic and caring Brazilian. Now they will be together again for an entire summer. According to Marceline's aspirations hopefully during this time together, their love will grow even stronger. Coincidentally or not, because her uncle’s motivations are usually hidden behind a dark veil of secrecy, Marceline and Darôk will be able to work together in Humboldt County, California. During this summer her Uncle Phillípe has a research project waiting for Marceline and Sarah. With the warmth and easy living of vacation time on their side, love will blossom for both ingénues as chance allows.
Because Marceline owes her Uncle Phillípe a large sum of money, she intends to pay him back by performing some arboreal research for him based on the biological aspects of Arboria Island. 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 her general factotum and social companion. During the past five years of college, they studied and cloistered themselves amongst hard-working students and teachers, while around them leftist anarchists slowly inveigled and charmed the otherwise conservative State of California into a socialist nightmare. Wants and demands replaced logic and rationality; beautiful city streets degraded into slums of sloven existence. Every town of important size and attractive political persuasion where indigents congregated, was going to wrack and ruin. On the other hand in Marceline’s private agricultural college enclave no alien usurpers of the American Dream were allowed to degrade life and learning. This among other factors made it imperative that the graduates see as much of the California countryside as possible during their summer vacation.
Book Two of the Summer Bridge Tale tells of the graduates' on-the-road adventures include a dangerous earthquake and avalanche catastrophe, which interrupts their rest stop and picnic. By saving Sarah, Marceline proves herself worthy of becoming a Pârfait family spiritual adept, which is a high honor in her family's ancestrally 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.
After the painful encounter with an earthquake the ladies, take a break from driving during their trip to Humboldt County, in which Sarah and Marceline stay at her Uncle Clemôn's vineyard, to experience exceptional California wine, great Spanish food and a epicurean lifestyle.
Book Three of the Summer Bridge Tale is the story of the men in Marceline's life: Romeo Pârfait, Clemmôn Aragônne and Darôk Cinzèlado. Clemmôn Aragônne is the husband of Juliet Pârfait, Hênrí sister and business associate of his now brother-in-law Hênrí Pârfait. Juliet met Clemmôn at wine tasting event during a lovely Saturday afternoon wine flight at Clemmôn's vineyard and winery in Napa, California.
As the two ingénues arrive in Redwoodville, after staying a few days at Marceline's Uncle Clemmôn in Napa Valley, 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, stakes her claim to the men at the Riverside Saloon.
Sarah is attracted by the hooting and hollering of a corral of lumberjacks who offer her and Marceline drinks and companionship. Sarah changes her quest for the love of Richard and has a great time with Jackson Roberts, a country and western band leader, who becomes her newest lover.
Marceline arrives at the Humboldt County Inn, and falls hard for the concierge. The Riverside Saloon contrasts with the quieter and more sedate Humboldt Inn at the other, more gentile section of town. With its upscale dining room, the Jefferson Restaurant, the inn attracts Marceline for its more dignified clientele and urbane atmosphere. Since her Central American dream lover Darôk Cinzèlado, hasn't as yet arrived, Marceline's intense love affair with Richard gives her a new outlook on romantic love.
Book Four; describes the men in Marceline's love life including Jacob Brown, Harry Lowenstein and Darôk Cinzelado. Also, this book describes Señor Clemmôn Aragônne who produces high-quality Spanish heritage wines for discriminating San Francisco and worldwide oenologists. During her trip to Napa Valley as a newspaper wine expert, the two met at the Aragônne. Their mutual interest in wines helped them hit it off right away. Within a year of dating and increasing longer newspaper assignments in Napa Valley and stays at the Aragônne Estate, she became Juliet Pârfait-Aragônne in a beautiful ceremony on the winery estate grounds. In taste tests of Aragônne Vineyard wines by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, Aragônne Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and two other vintage wines won medals of honor for six years in a row.
As business associate of Parfait Industries, Marceline's mystery lover, Darôk Cinzèlado is the heir to a large hardwood company and its fortune based in Recife, Brazil. He was brought into Marceline's life by her Uncle Phillípe Pârfait during a spring vacation trip to Brazil. The business trip was intended to introduce her to the international hardwood trade and utilize her epigenetic innovation in growing trees in poor soil to increase Cinzèlado Industries and Pârfait Industries' future Mahogany stock.
The Brazilian jungle topsoil is rich for the first six to twelve inches but consists of mostly thin compost from deteriorated tree undergrowth. If a tree's genetic makeup is strong and aggressive, this strong start it gets growing well in poor ground, and eventually will enable it to spread out, establish itself and then make better use of the deeper earth once it matures.
Most often this is not the case and trees exhibit minimal growth in most areas. Marceline's discovery in arboreal epigenetic during her college career helps trees utilize an aggressive early growth phenomenon. Her now patented discovery is proving itself to be a promising way to rehabilitate large jungle tracts and grow valuable hardwood trees in poor soil.
Phillípe the Many Faceted Misanthrope
His far-fetched schemes, amorous endeavors, aggressive attitude toward women and his long-suffering wife Monica, who he loves dearly but dominates like a tyrant, will be his undoing. 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, Pârfait family spiritual adepts, or even God is heinous. His modus operandi, developed through a life of wealth and privilege is his downfall. Phillípe Pârfait who appears to be a seemingly kind uncle but in actuality needs a good thrashing.
Throughout all books of this story Phillípe's acts inhospitably against humanity. Marceline's Uncle Phillípe is a clever and chauvinistic people-user. His aggressive attitude toward subordinates and his rapacious characteristics strikes everyone as his having a vile self-serving personality. Overall, he is an uber-rational 19th Century Victorian. The sort of man who exploits his greed and desire to dominate everyone near him. Everything good is his undoing, and at the story's climax in Book 4, 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 Goes to Great Spiritual and Physical Lengths to Help her Uncle Phillípe
The Pârfait family's ancestral spirits, in their unrelenting quest to protect its members and business associates, persuade Marceline to, work with them to become a bleeding Pieta., In effect she is transmogrified into a spiritual entity with manifestations of stigmata. She pleads with her uncle, as she bleeds from the same wounds that Christ endured, to change his ways and do good for the family this one time before it's too late.
Incredibly, Phillípe, even though he fears what he sees in Marceline's spiritual pleading, does not take his niece's actions seriously. However because of his intractability, Phillípe sees the walls of justice closing in on him in the form of overly aggressive thorn bushes. Phillípe's arrogance and rapacious exploitation of Nature's resources on Arboria Island, does not sit well with the Pârfait family spiritual adepts,any spiritual entity that savors the sanctity of all of Nature's life forms.
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 in the Book Four climax, Phillípe's inquest determines it was suicide.
Later, with Marceline as a temporary spirit in attendance at the High Council of Pârfait family spiritual adepts, they judge Phillípe's dark soul, and find, because of his his wanton greed and his most vile actions of attempting to kill an entire family, his spirit is ejected and condemned by, to reside in the center of the hot Sagittarius A-Star Plasma Hole for eternity. No reprieve or forgiveness is available for his heinous spirit. Only six people attended his funeral in addition to his brother Henri Parfait who delivers Phillípe's eulogy.
Book Five (in process) describes the early life, education and maturation of the family archon and father of Marceline Hênrí Pârfait and Phillípe his brother. Hênrí is the Chief Executive Officer of Parfait Industries a family-owned eight-hundred-year old hardwood carving and finishing company of Canadian American heritage. His brother is the company's Executive Vice-president.
Life in the beginning is difficult for the two young men. Through the cold and hard work of logging and making hardwood accoutrements for demanding clients,tempers the attitudes of both men., Hênrí retains a steady eye on his company's future and Phillípe, through some misguided sense of greed, tries to ruin everything he touches.
The Pârfait Family Archon
As a stoic character of the French-Canadian family Hênrí Pârfait is a quiet archon, and is the glue that secures the fortunes of a widely dispersed global family. He is steadfast, quiet and understanding, and only wants only the best for Marceline and her brother Rôméo. However, their father or Poppâ as the family calls him, makes it clear that his protection of their wealth and lifestyles can be guaranteed only if they also make strong efforts to acquire their own successes.
With a steadfast Gallic background he is not only a practical person but does not believe in flaunting family fortune with social parties or a high New York style of living. Catering to the whims and wealth of conservative families, the company maintains an excellent reputation in the business. Hênrí does his best to keep his private clients happy, as he also bids on large industrial and commercial contracts for finely finished accoutrements for multi-story skyscrapers using only the best hardwood to produce window trims, balustrades and grand stairways.
The Brother In-law Clemmôn Aragônne
At times it becomes necessary to have Clemmôn Aragônne, Hênrí's brother In-law, back a bridge loan or guarantee some short-term commercial paper to complete a project or make a bond for certain types of large Pârfait Industry projects. Senor Aragônne, the brother of Hênrí's wife Angeline, always accommodates Hênrí Pârfait with the full financial resources of the Aragônne Family Trust. The holdings of the trust include vineyards and wineries in Europe, Canada and other global locations. "Summer Bridge Tale, The Two Brothers, will interest young male university graduate men who would like to learn about vineyard life in Napa Valley from the perspective of a wine maker and his family.
Perspectives on Conservative Living
His story provides several unique perspectives on conservative living at the personal, romantic, spiritual and professional levels, which is not taught or promoted in modern day academia. Summer Bridge Tales differs from the collegiate tendency to rely on the philosophy of 'a rising tide lifts all boats' and favors the independent thinker approach to life. Career seekers might enjoy reading about experiencing the heights of spiritual and metaphysical adventures, plausible spiritual activities and potent male and female characterizations. With the story's strong character counterparts, conflicts and drama, this book could also appeal to a special set of romantic readers.
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