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January 28, 2017


Rozsa Gaston

(from back of book)

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480140635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480140639
When Kati Dunai travels to Budapest to settle her father's estate, the last thing on her mind is the pursuit of pleasure. She's a busy international conference planner, her life rooted in Manhattan. But from the moment she sets foot in the city of her father's youth, it's pleasure that pursues her. At the thermal bath spa hotel where she's staying, she meets a Dutchman who reminds her of Béla Dunai, her Hungarian refugee father, who fled his homeland shortly after its 1956 revolution. Jan Klassen is in Budapest to mend from a motorcycle accident. His scars have healed on the outside, but inside, he cannot forgive himself for the consequences his son now lives with forever. Jan has never met a woman like Kati before. Her blend of New England restraint with gypsy spirit captivates him. While Jan introduces Kati to Budapest's leisurely pace of life, Kati introduces Jan to her own leisurely pace of sensual exploration as their attraction to each other grows over six magical days. When Kati returns to New York, their relationship continues. But it's not just an ocean that separates them. Kati's corporate job with frequent travel is the antithesis of the slow-paced pleasures she enjoyed in her father's favorite city. Which will Kati put first—her new career or her new love; a man who reminds her of the father she never fully understood? And is it the Hungarian pleasure-loving side of herself that she really needs to understand before she can offer her heart to the man who has awakened her to who she truly is?


ROZSA GASTON writes playful books on serious matters, including the struggles women face to get what they want out of life. She is the author of Sense of Touch, Paris Adieu, Black is Not a Color, Budapest Romance, Running from Love, Dog Sitters, and Lyric.

Gaston studied European history at Yale and received her masters in international affairs from Columbia.

Gaston has worked as a singer and pianist all over the world. After leaving the entertainment industry she worked at Institutional Investor, then as a hedge fund marketer. She lives in Bronxville, New York, with her family and is currently working on Anne of Brittany: Girl Who Ruled a Country, the sequel to Sense of Touch.

Gaston can be found online on Facebook at, or at her website, Her motto? Stay playful. 

 From the author:
My inspiration for this contemporary romance came in 1997 when I traveled to Budapest at the end of November to settle the estate of my late father, a Transylvanian journalist and refugee from the 1956 Hungarian Uprising.

I stayed at a thermal spa hotel where I discovered the delights of soaking in Budapest's mineralized thermal pools.

The chilly gray skies of off-season Budapest were mitigated in full by the stunning pleasures of relaxing outdoors and indoors in warm, mineralized waters.

The experience of soaking in outdoors warm, thermal bath waters while snow fell all around was mind blowing. It was an epiphany of the senses. Please do yourself a favor and visit the thermal bath spas of Budapest in the off-season.

If you can't quite carve out the time, download Budapest Romance and immerse yourself in my story of an American woman and a Dutchman finding each other in the thermal baths of Budapest. You will enjoy. Promise.

Want to see what I'm talking about? Come visit me on my Budapest Thermal Spa Baths page on Pinterest. -Warmly, Rozsa Gaston

 Romance - true romance- will linger in you for all times.  This story is set in Budapest, Hungary, a beautiful place where romance can begin and last.
The author, Rozsa Gaston takes the reader to Budapest along with two very different people and their chance for romance.

Two characters, Kati Dunai, conference planner goes to Budapest after her father dies in order to settle his financial affairs.  Then there is a social worker, Jan, from Holland, who is trying to get well with the sulfur thermal bathing. Two people, who meet with just a glance, find the beauty of Budapest, the pleasure of each other and a possible lifetime of love.

This story will tell how two people learn to enjoy each other, slowing down and taking time to take in the simple things that are so often looked over.  We all can take a lesson from Kati and Jan.

As the author takes you on this journey and as you go you get to visualize Budapest, the elegance and the magical essence of it.  You feel that you can relate to the Hungarian people.  You feel like you know Kati and Jan. 

You will never forget.

Romance can last a lifetime!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

I would give this book a strong 5  STARS. 

1 comment:

Rozsa Gaston said...

Thank you so much, Gayle Pace. Writing Budapest Romance was a labor of love. For those who might enjoy a 60-second glimpse into Budapest's thermal baths, here is a book trailer about Budapest Romance.