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.
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A pleasure to listen to
I have listened to only two audio books, both of which are of excellent quality.
This story is told skilfully, honestly and without pretensions by the author, and is beautifully delivered by the reader.
I liked Lucy's portrayal of Linda, although her Madame Dubois was suitably stern and forbidding.
No, I didn't feel compelled to spend one whole day doing nothing else but listening to Linda's book, although my answer should not be taken as a comment on the quality or delivery of the story.
It has been a pleasure listening to the style, so easy on the ears. I will listen to this again another time.
- Graham Higson
Wonderful to be read to. Great narrator.
- jill s.