Hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny!
Read A Year in Merde first - this is the second book in the series...
Note: this book and Merde, Actually appear to be the same book with different titles. The description of this book is the plot of Merde, Actually.
In the second book of the series Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some questions about his life in France. He discovers how to judge a French vacationer by the rustiness of his bicycle, opens his English tearoom and finally understands why Parisian waiters are so cranky and on a return visit to the UK sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. Will he find l'amour eternal, or will it all end in merde. Very amusing read and I often found myself laughing out loud.
Paul West returns, still living in France, his French much improved, but still not good enough to tell tea bags from bath salts, flat tires from pure exhaustion, and without the knowledge to properly translate his menu items to get the French government off his back.
Paul is even less lucky in love. His girlfriend Florence who is supposed to be helping him set up his tea shop in Paris, is quickly tiring of the project and takes offence when Paul states he is uncomfortable with the fact that she hired her ex to be the main architect on the project. To make matters worse, his own ex Alexa shows up out of nowhere with a photo exhibit at the Pompidou that features, who else, Paul himself.
Now faced with more personal matters then what readers saw in the first book, Paul needs to figure out not only where his head is in the merde, but if his heart is in it as well.
I was exceptionally excited to start this book. I was in love with A Year in the Merde and was excited to continue the series (after living in France myself I can truly appreciate some of the bizarre situations Paul gets himself into). In the Merde for Love was cute. It lacked some of the burst out laughing moments that made A Year so intoxicating, but it definitely had its moments.
Overall this was a pretty entertaining book, if not as fast paced as the first, and hopefully Clarke will come out with a third for me to read as well.
Sequel to A Year in the Merde. Young man returns to Paris/France and falls in love.
BEWARE... that this book is the SAME as MERDE ACTUALLY - one was published in the U.K. and one in the U.S., under different titles!