My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A delicious confection. Like a fine French pastry, Eloisa James’ Paris in Love offers a light, airy outer layer – college professor and family spend a year in Paris and have lots of comical adventures trying to adjust to the different pace of life, the new language, and of course, the food.
But also like a French pastry, that light exterior hides a rich, fulfilling interior – in which said college professor frankly discusses her own bout with breast cancer and its affect on her self-image, the state of her marriage, and the decline of her beloved poet father (Robert Bly).
If that makes it sound like heavy going, it’s really not. James writes with the insouciant wit that characterizes her best-selling historical romance novels. I especially loved her tales of her precocious (and rather theatrical) daughter Anna trying to adjust to her new school, and the stories about their chronically obese chihuahua were a riot. Food plays a big part in the book – naturallement, since we are in Paris, and James even includes some delicious recipes.
A delightful read – and also excellent as an audiobook narrated by the author.