The course of true love runs snoozily smoothly between an American woman and a Frenchman. Cite Universitaire grad student Laura claims to hate her new hometown-which is weird, since she also says that life in Paris is wonderful. She loves the classes she takes and the grassy campus they're held on; she's amassed a supportive group of international friends; and she is quickly becoming a bona-fide gastronome, sampling divine French chocolates at every opportunity. While dining one night at her favorite bistro, Laura takes note of an attractive French waiter. Though she assumes he's unattainable, she leaves him her number and an invitation to a party. Much to her surprise, he calls, and the two begin a whirlwind romance. The early bumps in Laura and Sebastien's relationship are relatively insignificant: He quickly wants to call her his girlfriend while she still isn't sure, his friends talk about his ex-girlfriends, etc. The more time they spend together, the more Laura realizes that her waiter crush could turn serious. She delays her departure from Paris for several months, but eventually must return to Georgia. Despite the distance, their love flourishes. After several months, Sebastien comes to visit and meet her family; while there, he proposes. Laura loves him, but she's hesitant, worrying that they haven't known each other long enough. More importantly, Sebastien's career options in the States are limited, and she's not sure she wants to move back to France. The couple engage in countless conversations on the subject, make the inevitable compromises and live happily ever after. Epigraphs suggest that this is based on Florand's own life, but real romances this happy-go-lucky tend tobore everyone but the two in question-and this one is no exception. Tensionless, witless and ultimately pointless.
A fabulous romp from Paris to Podunk and back again. Loved it. Laura Florand's reluctant heroine is adorable, and her perfect Parisian amour can wait on my table anytime.” Haywood Smith, New York Times bestselling author of the Red Hat Club series on Blame It on Paris
“Laura Florand offers up an outsider's oddly inside view of Paris, and she does so in a narrative that is by turns witty and touching, but always charming. Best of all, she turns the tables and lets us see our own culture through the fresh, French eyes of the man she loves. Do yourself a favor: Read this book.” Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama on Blame It on Paris
“A romantic, hilarious souffle of a story! Move over, Bridget Jones. Charming and laugh-out-loud funny.” Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of A Place to Call Home on Blame It on Paris
“This delightful book should come with a warning label: do not read while traveling, otherwise other passengers will wonder why you keep laughing aloud and shouting ‘Vive la Laura Florand!'” Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife on Blame It on Paris
“I was taught in high school chemistry never to combine two ingredients whose properties you don't fully understand. Well, Laura Florand ignored that advice and mixed a Parisian gentleman with a Southern lady, and what she got, predictably, was combustible. Blame It on Paris is a charming, light-hearted romp through a cross-cultural quagmire that proves that love, if it can't conquer all, certainly is a match for a couple with families at different ends of the universe.” Larry Habegger, editor, Travelers' Tales Paris