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A refreshing and different memoir.
on 16 March 2014
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.