Friday, January 20, 2023

Spotlight of Will There Be Wine by Whitney Cubbison



This is a tragically hilarious tale about an American in Paris starting over after divorce and navigating a cross-cultural dating minefield in the world’s allegedly most romantic city.
It’s a story of self-discovery, friendship, second-time-around dating, and a LOT of wine.
January 16, 2023


Adorable story! I loved the journey with Austen from the heartbreak of divorce and the comical drama of the dating world.  I love a strong female character who knows herself, but also knows there is always something to improve.--Lisa - Reviewer on BookSirens 


Although the subject matter may seem "light-hearted" (it definitely falls in the romcom category), the writing is sharp and the protagonist is a very smart, ambitious career woman who navigates through lots of self-reflection.  -- Amy, via GoodReads


 Loved the story, loved the characters, loved the setting. It's like Emily in Paris in book form. I didn’t want to put it down and when I got to the end I just wished that it continued. -- Simone, via GoodReads 


 Tales of dating disaster and looking for love that feel like a conversation with your best friend! A fun read about a woman living the dream in Paris as she tries to find her way. -- Vicki Lesage, best-selling author of Confessions of a Paris Party Girl


 If you are thirsty to read a deliciously cute and quick novel, this is it. -- Cayla, via GoodReads 


While her dating escapades provide much of the humor, her friendships are a key draw of this book. I felt like I was watching Sex in the City again and just hoping this one would be her “one.” There is a happily ever after in this one! And it is definitely worth the wait! -- DeAnn, via GoodReads & Bookstagram


I found myself laughing out loud and cringing in sympathy as Austen navigated the uncertainties and surprises of modern day internet dating. The story is smartly written, with warmth and humor that made it impossible to put this book down until the last page. -- Erica, via GoodReads



Austen Keller was living her dream. She landed a career-defining job which moved her and her husband to Paris. <Swoon!> Shortly thereafter, she was divorced. <Thud.> This wasn’t the plan. Yet there she was—pushing 40 and starting over.

A decade after she’d last been single, Austen enters the dating scene playing by a new set of rules in a different language, culture, and lingerie standards. She experiences every type of miserable first date imaginable and lives to tell the tales of Pierre the Mansplainer, Simon the Snoozer, Emile the Over-Sharer, Guillaume of the Gym Shorts, and many more. On most dates, she struggles to get past one glass of Bordeaux without wanting to bolt. Even worse, no one chases after her when she runs. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that whoever said French men were romantic deserves a swift kick in the pants.

A rewarding and high-powered career. <Check.>

Fabulous female friendships. <Nailed it!>

True love. <Umm?

Austen continues to ask herself: Is “having it all” too much to ask?

A genuine and tragically hilarious novel about an ex-pat woman's journey of self-discovery through a string of disastrous dates, relationships forged in a deep cultural divide, world travels, and wine. A lot of wine.



Whitney Cubbison is a dual American and French citizen living in Paris since 2009. She grew up in Texas and California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in French. 

She started her career in Communications working for high-tech PR agencies in San Francisco and eventually joined Microsoft where she worked for sixteen years, thirteen of which from the Paris office. 

During that time, she held various international roles that encompassed public relations, employee communications, executive speech writing, and social media.

She earned her French nationality in early 2022 and then left Microsoft in July of that year to focus on completing her first novel, Will There Be Wine?

The story, while fiction, is deeply inspired by Whitney’s own experiences as an ex-pat divorcée living in Paris and trying to navigate the cultural minefield of dating in a foreign country.
DatingDisasters.Paris is the URL of a “dates-gone-wrong” blog written by the book's main character, Austen Keller, and also happens to be Whitney’s author website.

When she’s not writing, Whitney can be found sitting in Parisian cafés and restaurants with her friends, drinking wine.


If you enjoy visual storytelling, don’t miss Whitney’s Instagram where she’s sharing a series of photos and anecdotes from the real places where scenes in the book take place (in Paris and beyond!) to help bring the story to life for readers.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a fun read!!

    Adding it to your TBR?

    Thanks for stopping.