Enchanted Summer: A Journey in the Footsteps of 'Our Hearts Were Young and Gay'

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The perfect summer read for poolside, lakeside or seaside!

In the summer of 2017, writer Adrienne Crow set off on a voyage aboard the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary 2 which took her from the shores of North America to England and France, as she recreated the travels from her all-time favorite book, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay.

Published in 1942, Our Hearts recalls the true account of Cornelia Otis Skinner’s and Emily Kimbrough’s bold and brazen journey to Europe as unescorted young women in 1922. Their captivating coming-of-age story of remarkable adventures and laugh-out-loud misadventures had fueled Adrienne’s sense of wanderlust at an early age, inspiring her own travels throughout the years. Now she was stepping into the pages of this dearly-loved book, brushing up against Cornelia’s and Emily’s glamorous 1920s world as she “traveled with the girls”.

An exuberant romp across an ocean, four countries and time, Adrienne’s journey is an absorbing tale, by turns funny and profound as she gains a deeper understanding of the kindred spirits who sparked her quest, all while encountering her own set of strange occurrences, embarrassments and joys. Filled with insight, surprises and atmosphere, Enchanted Summer is a celebration of the universal, wonderfully-crazy ups and downs of travel.

About Enchanted Summer

“When Adrienne Crow contacted me about our shared love of the book Our Hearts Were Young and Gay and told me her plans to follow in Cornelia and Emily’s footsteps I was struck by what a wonderful idea it was for a book. I was also extremely jealous. The book had been my favorite while growing up and I believe it is the main catalyst for all of the many travel adventures I have had in my life. 

Reading Adrienne’s book Enchanted Summer reminded me of why I travel and how much joy can be found if you pack a suitcase, open your heart and walk out to meet the world.”

Kathy Kinney, Actress, Comedian and Co-Author of Queen of Your Own Life:
The Grown-up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve

“Every fan of Our Hearts Were Young and Gay will relish Crow’s 21st Century recreation of the original journey. Clearly a labor of love!”

Nancy Allen, Author of the Ozarks Mystery Series
and Co-Author with James Patterson of Juror #3

"Enchanted Summer is a glorious, beautifully-crafted valentine to the Golden Age of Travel and the extraordinarily adventurous women who managed to discover themselves within it. In homage to those audacious female pilgrims, author Adrienne Crow takes the reader on her own irresistibly glamorous, modern day journey, which turns out be as bittersweet, revelatory and exhilarating as the long ago odyssey that inspired it."

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Author of Liberating Paris
and Creator, Writer and Producer of Designing Women


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