Coins in the Fountain: A Midlife Escape to Rome

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With middle age looming, Judith Works decided it was time for a change. But after graduating from law school at the age of forty-seven, she still faced the question “What now?” Casual conversations about far-off travels with husband Glenn became a reality with the offer of a dream job at the United Nations in Rome, Italy.

Coins in the Fountain brings to life the challenges of acclimating to the beautiful and chaotic ancient city of Rome. Judith shares her struggles of learning the arcane rules and folkways of the UN while Glenn begins his valiant effort to cook Italian-style, as they both endeavor to embrace la dolce vita. With an extraordinary count and countess for friends, dogs in the doctor’s office, snakes and unexploded bombs on the golf course, along with a sinking sailboat, the unexpected was always just around the corner.

Through wit, wry humor, and enticing descriptions of food and travel adventures, Judith takes you on a journey into the heart of what it is truly like to live in the Eternal City.

“You don’t need Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck to enjoy this delightful Roman holiday…Armchair-travel books are rarely as good as this one.” — Kirkus Reviews 

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