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31 days book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction by Marcia Gloster is a true story of the author’s life in Salzburg, Austria during the summer of 1963. She traveled Europe with a friend, ending up at an art school, and succumbed to the pedantic sexual love affair with one of her instructors. The scenes of the love affair are graphic but tastefully written at all times. The scenes are loving and never anything other than a beautiful experience for the reader to enjoy.

At the beginning of the affair, Marcia (the student) is told by her beau (well, he wasn’t really) that she has to follow his rules and never question him on their relationship. The relationship does develop, intricately and slowly, from a puppy dog type of school-girl crush on the teacher to a full on blown out affair with a much older man.

Marcia is definitely the weaker party in the relationship and is unable to resist the charms of this man. And I hate to spoil it for you, but the affair never becomes a truly eclipsing life event for the author since – dare I say it – all she really is to the guy is a booty call. Her lover disappears for days at a time, shows jealousy if she forms other relationships or becomes involved with men her age, sleeps with her shamelessly and never ever becomes her man, boyfriend or fiancé.

Does she see him years later? Or does their relationship survive? I’ll let you read it and be the judge to the worthiness of the tryst. The book is recommended for adults – although the sexual scenes are tastefully written, this is not a book for children or teens. The book is also recommended for anyone moving in or out of a relationship since there are some interesting lessons to be gleaned from these pages.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by The Story Plant. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.