French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley

By Linda Kovic-Skow

Biography & memoir, Travel, Women's fiction, New adult fiction | Paperback, eBook


"This is an engaging read, all the more because it is true." - Patricia Sands, award-winning author of The Promise of Provence. French Illusions, the first of two books based on the author's diaries, takes place in the summer of 1979. Linda needs to learn a language fast in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a flight attendant so she contracts to become an au pair for an aristocratic French family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the nanny position, she lies on her application and pretends to speak the language, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures her real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair, detailing Linda’s challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life with the hard-to-please Madame Dubois, her husband and their two incomprehensible children. When Linda attends language classes at a local university, she encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, and her life with the family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence. Join Linda on her adventure of discovery and romance in an extraordinary part of the world.


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"This is an engaging read, all the more because it is true." - Patricia Sands, award-winning author of The Promise of Provence. French Illusions, the first of two books based on the author's diaries, takes place in the summer of 1979. Linda needs to learn a language fast in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a flight attendant so she contracts to become an au pair for an aristocratic French family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the nanny position, she lies on her application and pretends to speak the language, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures her real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair, detailing Linda’s challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life with the hard-to-please Madame Dubois...


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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 Pacific Northwest Waters of Washington and British Columbia. 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 30 years and has two daughters. 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," was her debut memoir. The sequel, "French Illusions: From Tours to Paris," recounts the rest of her adventure in France.


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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 Pacific Northwest Waters of Washington and British Columbia. 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...


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Janice J. Richardson

Janice J. Richardson

18 February at 15:06

Linda - would you like to add your book to the theme Books for the Long Commute?

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