From the cover: After backpacking her way around Europe, SBS TV journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever. Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Fredric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes. Language is a minefield of misunderstanding and the simple act of buying a baguette is fraught with social danger.
But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from the sophisticated cafes and haute couture fashion houses to the picture postcard French countryside, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: passionate, mysterious, infuriating, and charged with that French specialty - seduction. And it becomes her home.
I think the line on the cover: “the story of an Australian woman’s impetuous heart and finding love in a magical city” is quite misleading – this is not a chick lit romance but quite a deep-thinking, probing kind of read.
I found this book an absolute treat. Sarah’s journalistic skills not only make it an easy and enjoyable read, but her investigative mind continually probes to understand why the French are so ‘French’ and what makes them that way! From her arrival - the search for work, lack of language and living in an insular outer suburb, to finally moving into a Paris apartment (six flights of stairs and no lift), while coming to grips with no car, no friends, and always perceived as a dreaded ‘Anglo-Saxon’ - this journey of one beach-going Sydney-sider in a pocket-size city of stone with bleak light has many rewards along the way. We have this title in various formats and the Bolinda e-Audio download that I borrowed was very well narrated by Caroline Lee. It was très bon!