Three Months in Florence

Three Months in Florence

by Mary Carter
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Three Months in Florence by Mary Carter

The movement of humans across borders is increasing exponentially-some for benign reasons, others nefarious, including terrorism, human trafficking, and people smuggling. Consequently, the policing of human movement within and across borders has been and remains a significant concern to nations. Policing Global Movement: Tourism, Migration, Human Trafficking, and Terrorism explores the nature of these challenges for police, governments, and citizens at large.

Drawn from keynote and paper presentations at a recent International Police Executive Symposium meeting in Malta, the book presents the work of scholars and practitioners who analyze a variety of topics on the cutting edge of global policing, including:

  • Western attempts to reform the policing of sex tourists in the Philippines and Gambia
  • Policing the flow of people and goods in the port of Rotterdam
  • Policing protestors and what happened at the 2010 G20 Summit in
    Toronto
  • Mexico's use of the military in its war against drug trafficking
  • Public-private cooperation in the fight against organized crime and terrorism in Australia
  • Recommendations for police reform in Afghanistan
  • Sweden's national counterterrorism unit
  • Treatment of asylum seekers in a privately run detention center in South
    Africa
  • The policing of human trafficking for the sex trade in sub-Saharan Africa, Vietnam, Australia, and Andhra Pradesh, India

Examining areas of increasing concern to governments and citizens around the world, this timely volume presents critical international perspectives on these ongoing global challenges that threaten the safety of humans worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758284716
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 304,804
File size: 418 KB

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Three Months in Florence 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
The second that Lena laid eyes on Alex, she knew that he was the man she was going to marry.  She envisioned what their children would look like and how their life would be.  They spoke about honeymooning in Italy and visiting the Cinque Terre, but that was 16 years ago.  Now married with two children, and still awaiting that trip to Italy, Lena has spent the last six months caring for her kids on her own while her husband is in Florence on a business trip.  But is Lena bitter that her husband is frolicking through the Mediterranean without her?  You best believe she is!  She always thought that they would go to Italy together.  Instead, Alex is there without her and Lena is less than pleased about this.   Then the day comes that changed everything.  Lena receives a package and inside are a dozen long stem roses.  Lena’s mother has always said that men only give flowers for two reasons:  it’s your birthday or they’re feeling guilty.  The card attached simply read:  I’M SORRY.  Today was the day that Alex was to be coming home.  He should be on the airplane right now.  Lena tried calling Alex but got his voicemail.  That’s when she decided to try Skyping him.  Instead of Alex answering the video call, a young, gorgeous Italian woman does.  Her name is Alexandria and, to Lena’s surprise, is Alex’s Italian mistress! Lena refuses to let her marriage go without a fight.  She packs up her two kids (and even the dog) and heads to Italy.  This is not how her first trip to Italy was supposed to be.  She was supposed to be walking hand in hand with Alex, taking in the sights and enjoying the culture.  Instead, she’s with her kids, dragging around her dog and sweating profusely all while trying to hide her swollen, red eyes behind sunglasses.  How will Alex react when he finds out they are in Italy?  Will Lena be able to save her marriage?  Or has Alex decided to throw away 16 years of marriage for a woman he barely knows?  Come spend Three Months In Florence and find out! I really enjoyed this book.  Mary Carter did a great job grabbing my attention from the beginning.  With every page, I became more and more engrossed in the story.  I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next and felt like I was right there with them in Italy.  The characters were so well written.  I found myself rooting for Lena and wanting to strangle Alex!    The author did a great job captivating my attention, yet swirling in subtle humor.  I thought her writing was brilliant.  I truly loved this book and would absolutely recommend it to others.  I give this book cinque stelle (five stars)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very enjoyable, turmoil, love and Italy. It has it all. Loved it.
tunyainpdx More than 1 year ago
Three Months in Florence was a quick, easy read. I really enjoyed the setting, and the story was interesting. Lena finds out her husband has an Italian mistress. The book transports readers to Florence, but the whole scene is soured by and for Lena because of her obsession of getting revenge. I didn't quite agree with the actions Lena takes, or rather how long it takes her to get a grip on her own reality. BUT, I really felt for her, and I enjoyed the story. 
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Three Months in Florence by Mary Carter Wanted to read this book because I will probably never get to Florence myself and wanted to learn about. The book delivers the city to you and other places as well. There is also another story that starts out with Alex, the professor and how he meets up with Lena and after 16 years of marriage he gets the opportunity to teach in Florence, just him, not Lena and the kids. She does meet up with him via the computer and he tells her of all he's seen and experienced and she is upset because they were to go there, had the whole trip planned out, for their honeymoon and now he's there by himself. She has a meltdown and ends up in Florence and things take a drastic turn as she discovers his new life with out them. Things become heated even further entwined within the story of the city and it's culture. Twists and turns and you can't even see what is going to happen next. Keeps you very interested in their story, from their past and about the travel. Really GOOD read. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Mary Carter's latest novel, Three Months in Florence, offers the reader a breathtaking glimpse into the potential for marital disaster. Lena Wallace has been married to her husband Alex for sixteen years. They have seemingly been kind and gentle years of love, children, and commitment. Then, Alex takes a teaching job in Florence, Italy and Lena uncovers a horrible secret of betrayal. Italy is where she dreamed of honeymooning and now, Alex is apparently experiencing the romance of the city without Lena. She is devastated and she decides to take matters into her own hands. Three Months in Florence speaks of the potential disaster of a single, impulsive decision in a marital relationship. It explores the feelings of the partners with depth of understanding and raw emotional experience. Mary Carter makes Lena's ruminations so real that they jump off the page and threaten to enter the heart of the reader. The thoughts and emotions are poignant and they speak of the promise and the limitations expressed in the marriage vows. The characterizations of Lena, Alex, and their teenage daughter Rachel are right out of today's world. They think, act, and feel their parts such that readers will try to put themselves into the story and figure out how they might have acted under the same circumstances. Just when you think a decision is made, another possibility surfaces and you ponder to the end what really happened in this story. This is a marvelous interweaving of the problems of today and how they affect and change the people who experience them.
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BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Who would like three months in Florence Italy? The second part of our trip to Italy takes us to Three Months in Florence by Mary Carter. Thank you to Mary Carter and Kensington Books for sending me this novel. Synopsis: Lena has the perfect man and the perfect family. Or does she? One night Alex her husband asks her to dinner at a local restaurant to give her some news. He tells her that he has been asked to teach in Florence Italy at the university. Lena is beside herself with excitement because she has dreamed of going to Italy for sixteen years. Could this really be happening? Then Alex tells her that he will go himself and there will not be room for the family. Lena perseveres because there is a promise of being able to visit. Then Alex tells her that he has been asked to teach another semester. Lena is livid and then tells him he is coming home. The day arrives and Alex is not there but a Skype to Italy reveals he has a mistress. The trip to Italy does happen. How will Lena respond? Will she get her husband back? My Thoughts: I loved the idea of a novel set in Italy. The author does a great job of setting and the scene in Italy. You will learn about the art of Florence. Conflict is strong throughout with Lena’s fight to win her husband back. I felt for the character of Lena and the pain she must be going through in these circumstances in her life. Also how Lena tried to be a good mother. The novel asks how would you then confront your husband and heal from these wounds. What can we do for ourselves to heal? What gifts come from these circumstances? Still a wonderful novel to read this summer!