Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow

Adventure and romance fills this captivating memoir of an American au pair living in the Loire Valley.

French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow is the author's story of her journey from America to the Loire Valley in France, where she becomes an au pair for a couple with two children.

Disenchanted with her job as a medical assistant, and intrigued with the notion of overseas travel, twenty-one-year-old Kovic interviews for a flight attendant position with World Airways, Inc. When she discovers the airline requires all its flight attendants to speak a second language, Kovic applies to several agencies seeking an au pair position in France. When she learns of an available position with the Dubois family, she is thrilled. Kovic only hopes they will be forgiving that she cannot speak the language yet.

Eloquently told, this heartwarming memoir is simply riveting. As Kovic learns to navigate a new culture and cope with a difficult employer, she opens her heart to romance and adventure. Filled with rich descriptions, the beauty of France comes alive. Kovic's time abroad is made easier by the handful of friends she finds along the way, but a difficult relationship with the mistress of the house and her daughter creates a great deal of tension and homesickness. The reader is eager to follow the journey found in this captivating memoir to discover if it ends in triumph or tragedy.

If you enjoy a slowly evolving story filled with adventure, romance, and touches of humor, French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow should be on your wish list.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (October 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457514575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457514579
  • SRP: $17.99

  • The author paid me to copy edit this manuscript. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no compensation of any kind.

    This is the 53rd book I've read for the following challenge:


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