I'd suggest reading "The French for Love" book by this same author first, but even if you don't this is a great book all own its own. The author has done a fine job. It is a well written story with strong, identifiable characters, excellent descriptive settings and the right balance between romance and reality (never too soppy). I read this one first, then backtracked to "The French for Love", each was a wonderful read and I'll be putting Fiona Valpy on my watch list. I highly recommend both books.