When a french person speaks it somehow just sounds sexier, you imagine visions of love. Maybe that’s why the french are known as such notorious lovers. At the end of the day though we humans (no matter where we are from) all have the same insecurities and desires as one another. We are more alike than we think.
Anyway I am glad you found your Russian author, you must really have loved the book to have remembered it so clearly. Happy reading and next time I am looking for a love story, I will look to the Russians.