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December 14-18


French Illusions

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

(Memoir, narrative non-fiction)

 Release date: October 3, 2012
at Dreamland Press

275  pages

ISBN: 978-0988464018

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French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley, is the first of two books based on the author’s diaries.
It’s 1979 and Linda needs to learn a language fast in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a flight attendant. Broke yet determined, she chooses French immersion and contracts to become an au pair for a wealthy family in the Loire Valley. Yielding to poor judgment, she lies on her application and claims to speak basic French, confident she’ll be forgiven once she arrives at the Château de Montclair.
As she struggles to adapt to her challenging new environment with the hard-to-please Madame Dubois and her two incomprehensible children, Linda signs up and attends language classes at the local university. When she encounters Adam, a handsome young student, her life becomes more complicated—much 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.



Linda Kovic-SkowLinda 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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The Discerning Reader

I never realized how vulnerable an au pair is until I read Linda’s story.
A story of one young woman’s experience as an au pair as she finds her place in the world, stumbles upon love and enjoys meandering through France. A great story for those curious about life as an au pair or those considering.

Griperang’s Bookmarks

The author did such a good job in her writing that you felt as if you were right there along for the ride with her. I like the way this book was written, I felt as if a friend was sharing her diary with me.

Coffee, Chocolate or Tennis

Simply awesome.
er dream like adventure has come across heart warming and truthful.
Written in the first person voice, Ms Kovic- Skow’s memoir is a captivating read


I always wanted to visit this region of France so charming and with this book I was able to do it at least virtually. The descriptions were so vivid and the story so compelling that really seemed to be there with Linda.
The story is never boring and I really loved every single page.

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