My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley


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 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 French family in the Loire Valley.

In order to secure the nanny position, she lies on her application and pretends to speak the language, confident she’ll be forgiven once she arrives at her destination. This book captures Linda’s real-life story inside and outside the Château 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.

***BRONZE MEDAL WINNER in the Non-Fiction Travel Category in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Contest ***



“Plenty of memoirs address traumatic cultural encounters; but this blend of adventure, romance, and a summer of discovery goes a step further in documenting the poor choices of youth, their consequences, and how Linda Kovic-Skow ultimately overcame many challenges to achieve her goals despite these early snafus. The result makes for an especially vivid, engrossing read.” –D. Donovan, SeniorReviewer, Midwest Book Review
“The story is fast-paced, well-written and delivers an excellent look into the domestic life of this privileged family, as well as many of the cultural aspects of living in France.”-Patricia Sands, award-winning author of The Promise of Provence
“The book (French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley) is an honest account of the author’s life and her dreams to travel the world. The book is insightful and it captures the beauty of the Loire Valley.” –Readers’Favorite Book Review and Award Contest
“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.” –Book Viral



Linda 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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