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My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley (French Illusions Book 1)
 
 

My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley (French Illusions Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Kovic-Skow
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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"This is a wonderful debut memoir, made much more appealing because it is true. A well written, fast-paced book enhanced by sprinkles of French..."

Most lies are told with the expectation that no one will uncover them. When I was twenty-one I told a monumental lie, fully aware mine would be discovered.

My Story as An American Au Pair in the Loire Valley, the first of two books in the French Illusions series, is based on the author's diaries from the summer of 1979. Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for an aristocratic French family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the position, she pretends to speak the language, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures Linda's fascinating real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair. Her compelling memoir details her challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life with Madame and Monsieur Dubois and their children. When Linda encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life with the family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence. Join Linda on her unforgettable adventure of discovery and romance in an extraordinary part of the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1457514575
  • Publisher: Dreamland Press, LLC; 3 edition (21 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BG0EV8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Kovic-Skow is a best-selling author in travel in France. Originally from Seattle, she currently winters in Gilbert, Arizona and spends summers on a boat in the San Juan Islands. She earned an Associate Degree in Medical Assisting in 1978 from North Seattle Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1985. She has been married for 29 years, has two daughters and a Shetland sheepdog, named Abby. An enthusiastic traveler, Linda also enjoys hiking, boating, gardening and socializing with friends. French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley, is her debut memoir and the culmination of a three-year project. The sequel, French Illusions: From Tours to Paris, will be available fall of 2014.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and different memoir. 16 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read quite a few memoirs of people retiring and moving to Spain, Italy and Greece but this is something different. Linda tells of when she was twenty-one and working as a medical assistant for a family practice clinic in Seattle. Her real ambition was to be a flight attendant with an International Airline. The only stumbling block was that she needed to be able to speak another language. This is Linda's story of how she went to France to work as an Au Pair to try and 'drop herself in at the deep end' to learn the language as she went along. She wasn't entirely honest with the Dubois family who she went to work for as she told them that she could already speak French. At first, on finding out her deception, they seemed quite tolerant and helped her to enrol in classes to learn the language. Gradually Madame Dubois asks more and more of Linda so that she gets to the point of wondering if she can cope with the job anymore. This book has a great beginning, very easy to get into. It is fast-moving, to the point and Linda's enthusiastic, bubbly personality bursts through the writing. Linda does quite an amount of cooking with Madame and there are some lovely descriptions of the foods in the book which evoke smells and taste. I like how she presents a 'taster' sentence at the beginning of a chapter, hinting at what is going to be happening without giving too much away so you just have to read on to find out. I really enjoyed this, it was nice easy reading with fairly short chapters. It's intriguing, you are kept guessing as Madame Dubois's behaviour is changeable, it must have been very confusing for the young Linda. There's a bit of romance in here too, a lovely varied read. I understand that a follow-up is being written and I look forward to that very much. Great read, I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French Illusions 28 Jan 2014
By sally
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It's a 5 star rating from me because not only do I know that area, and love it, but the writing drew me into the compelling storyline, written so that all Linda's emotions shone through in the storytelling. I hope that there might be a sequel? A nice easy read to pack in your bag for a rainy weekend away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Introduction to France 28 Jan 2014
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Linda really amazed me with her story about her time as an au pair in the Loire Valley. She has a way of writing that keeps your interest and, unlike what another reviewer mentioned, doesn't get too stuck on the details. There are few books that can make one laugh, cry, and cheer for the main character but this is one of them. Anyone who has traveled away can relate to her feelings of homesickness. I was never that interested in France but this book made me want to go the Loire Valley and explore! I highly recommend this novel to one and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French Illusions 27 Jan 2014
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As someone who was an au-pair about 1970 if I remember correctly in France but on the Swiss border , I could see Le Jet D'Eau from my bedroom , when I saw this book I had to read it and it didn't disappoint!!!!!
The descriptions of the day to day jobs you were expected to do and the area was brilliant!
A lot of people in that situation would have headed home I think!!!!
So looking forward to what happens next!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming & optimistic - a great read! 25 Jan 2014
By igypsy
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This engrossing and entertaining memoir of the author's time spent as an American au pair for a wealthy family in a beautiful chateau in France offers a facinating glimpse into a life most of us can only imagine. The heartwarming optimism she displays in her personal journey along with the struggles in this captivating real life story kept me reading into the night. The snippets of French language and the wonderful descriptions of this region in France (along with the delicious food diary) both educated and intrigued me. I so want to go there now!! I won't give away the story but suffice it to say that I highly recommend this book for it's adventure, humor and romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh the memories! 1 Jan 2014
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Having been an Au Pair myself at the age of 17 for a Parisian family Linda's experiences were all too familiar!!! I enjoyed her style of writing, it kept me interested. I look forward to her next instalment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 25 Jan 2014
By Jreader
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This review is from: French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley (Paperback)
This book is an entertaining story about the author's ordeal in a country very foreign to her. She deals with her 'stay' in France with a lot of emotions and adventures with her host family and her new found friends. A romance adds to the excitement as Adam steals her heart while a certain member of her host family has no heart! It is an easy and fun read. You will want to keep reading to the end, just to see how her story ends!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Loire memoir 9 Jan 2014
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This is a very enjoyable book, extremely well-written too. Great little tidbits about France and food and wine and some lively and interesting characters. At first, I felt a bit annoyed at Linda for the "big lie" of being fluent in French and didn't blame the Dubois family for being angry at her (though at the same time having a sneaking admiration for her sheer chutzpah!) But as time wore on and Linda worked so hard at trying to make up for it and Madame Dubois' behaviour towards her became more and more mean and arrogant, I ended up feeling for Linda and despairing of Madame Dubois. Also, Linda is good at writing about the friends she meets and the interaction between them. As memoirs go, this is right up there with the best, looking forward to the next one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice light holiday read
Published 15 days ago by Viv Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Loire Valley better than book
I found this book to be quite boring.
Published 22 days ago by Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
I was frustrated and at times made angry by the poor grammar used in this book-it took away from the story. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Rosalind E. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! who would be an Au Pair
This was an intriguing story of an Au Pair working for a French family in the Loire. The lady of the Chateau was very distrusting of Linda,and treated her quite badly, making her... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LSki
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very dry
Published 1 month ago by Alexander Morrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book, can't wait for the sequal.
I already gave this stars and a comment on my Kindle and it appeared on my facebook, so I'm not sure why I am being asked to rate it again - this keeps happening... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. J. Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for Francophiles.
One of those books I couldn't put down. The only thing that annoyed me (as I speak a little French) was the fact that if she used a French phrase she kept translating it into... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nesta Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars French 'Madam'
I loved every word of this book, what a brave lady Linda is telling a bare faced lie - but I am in awe of her for going through with it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Wine o'clock
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough
This book is an entertaining for a light read. There are some aspects of her story in countryside France which are so different to the modern ways, they in themselves provide... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ribenaberry2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't bother to read more than a few chapters....
As someone who has lived in France for many years, but arrived here speaking very little of the language, I thought I would enjoy reading this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss B.
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