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When Linda Kovic-Skow reached a form of mid-life crisis after her youngest daughter went off to college she wrote out a form of bucket list consisting of items like “learn to play the piano” and “travel to Africa to see elephants” . While some of the items on her list were not available for her to do one item on the list was something she was able to complete and that was “write a book”.
Eventually she found an old diary she kept back in 1979, which she used as the basis for her beautiful debut novel, or rather memoir “French Illusions”.
About “French Illusions”: (Taken from “I am a Reader” blog):
In the summer of 1979, twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for a wealthy French family in the Loire Valley.
To secure the position, she pretends to speak the language, fully aware her deception will be discovered once she arrives at her destination.
Based on the author’s diary, French Illusions captures Linda’s fascinating and often challenging real-life story inside and outside the Château de Montclair.
The over-bearing, Madame Dubois, her accommodating husband, Monsieur Dubois, and their two children are highlighted as Linda struggles to adapt to her new environment. Continually battling the language barrier, she signs up and attends classes at the local university in the nearby town of Tours, broadening her range of experiences. When she encounters, Adam, a handsome young student, her life with the Dubois family becomes more complicated, adding fuel to her internal battle for independence.
The book introduces you to the life in the Loire Valley, and reminded the reader what it was like to be young and adventurous. It is beautifully written painting the picture for the reader in a story that will stay with you long after you have finished reading the book.
“French Illusions” will leave the reader wanting more, something that Linda is already working on with a follow up novel.
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