Here is an excerpt from the book:
In the summer of 1979, twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic contracts to become an au pair for an 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.Don't know what would pressure someone into taking a job in another country and doesn't even know how to speak their language was really shocking to me, but it's just a book, so I can't really say one way or the other how this would have worked in real life.
Somehow Linda was able to convince the family to let her stay and be the Au-Pair of their children on the condition that she learn to speak French. The two children were cute and the girl, Charlotte was very rebellious.
The family had another baby girl named Jocelyn after Linda went to work for them. So, it ended up that between caring for the children, Linda worked 12 hours most days doing all kinds of domestic chores. Her room was so cold that she had to sleep with 3 and 4 layers of clothes on and sometimes, even that didn't get her completely warm.
She begins some French classes at the University and liked her teachers and classmates, especially Adeela and Adam. Adam was so awesome to be around even for just a few hours. Linda had to start figuring out ways that she could see him on her strict schedule. Adam's friends told her that she needed to leave that place.
She really loved the baby, Jocelyn and Antoine but barely tolerated Charlotte. The mother, Madam DuBois was very rude to Linda and never had a kind word to say about anything, right or wrong.
What will she choose to do? I am gonna let you read the book to find out. I left out alot of important info here and there and then of course most of the last of the book so that you have something to look forward to when reading.
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