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

  • by Linda Kovic-Skow
  • Narrated by Lucy Floyd
  • Series: French Illusions
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Fascinating Memoir

Linda wants to be a flight attendant one problem, though, you need to be bi-lingual. What’s a girl, fluent only in English to do? Total immersion in French, her language of choice and what better way to do that then become an au pair for a French family… except Linda lies on her application stating that she’s well versed in French. Only the hubris of the young allows Linda to think she can persuade the family to take her in without some serious repercussions.

It’s very rare that someone can beat my stories of youthful guts (or naivety, take your choice). Linda Kovic-Skow does just that by flying halfway across the world to France, on a lie, and in a country where she doesn’t speak the language! Now that takes cojones!

French Illusions, is a wonderful and sometimes painful memoir about the trials and tribulations of life in a foreign land, but it’s also about the kindness strangers and willingness of others to help those in need.

Lucy Floyd is engaging as the narrator and does a wonderful job in this 9-hour audiobook. To be able to speak in both languages and have the average English listener follow along with no problem, is quite a feat.

I look forward to hearing the further adventures of this rogue adventurer.

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!
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An Honest Tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! It was well-written and had great details about life as an au pair in France.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the honesty with which the author told her story. I'm glad she didn't sugar-coat the feelings she had for the "Madame" of the house. The woman who was her boss was just a horrible person to work for, but sometimes authors like to pardon bad behavior in a way that seems insincere. I was very happy that this author revealed her true feelings and let the reader draw his or her own conclusions. It felt very honest and very sincere.

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

She is an excellent reader and her French is impeccable! I am fluent in French and was impressed with her language skills and her ability to provide new intonation for each character.

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Any additional comments?

I have just purchased Part 2 of this memoir and can't wait to get started!

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- Shelley Shelley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamland Press, LLC