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In 1979. Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for an aristocratic French family in the Loire Valley. In order to secure the position, she pretends to speak the language, confident she'll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. When Linda encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life with the family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence.


Capturing Linda's fascinating real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair., French Illusions is the first of two planned books based on the author's diaries. An undeniably compelling read, there is an endearing sense of honesty and openness that prevails throughout, as Kovic-Skow shares her most intimate thoughts. Her personal journey, an evocative foray into the heart of life in and around Tours and the Loire, where the best laid plans take an unexpected turn with an unscripted romance. Just one of the many challenges and triumphs as she tries to adjust to her new life with Madame and Monsieur Dubois and their children. This in an era before the Internet, with the ever present spectre of isolation looming over those in foreign climes.


Impeccably written and proffering a fascinating peek into an extraordinary life, French Illusions is a memoire par excellence and a notable debut from an author who deserves a place on your bookshelf. It is highly recommended.

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