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  • My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley

  • French Illusions, Book 1
  • By: Linda Kovic-Skow
  • Narrated by: Lucy Floyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley

By: Linda Kovic-Skow
Narrated by: Lucy Floyd
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Publisher's summary

French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley is the first of two books based on my diaries from 1979 and 1980. Twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic 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 a wealthy family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the nanny position, she lies on her application and pretends to speak French, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures Linda's real-life story inside and outside the Chateau de Montclair, detailing her 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.

©2012 Linda Kovic-Skow (P)2016 Linda Kovic-Skow

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What did you love best about My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley?

I have already read both books in the pair and I love the story of personal growth through very difficult circumstances. It is also a very different kind of love story.

What did you like best about this story?

It is a real glimpse into the mind of a 21-year-old women in 1980, far from home.

What does Lucy Floyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lucy is brilliant with voices and bringing nuanced emotions out of the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love the interactions between Linda and the children.

Any additional comments?

Whispersync is great for this book. I get to see the snippets of written french and hear the pronunciation.

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