French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley

A French fairy tale without the storybook ending.
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Tomates Farcies - one the many dishes I learned how to make during my stay in France in 1979.

What's For Dinner: Tomates Farcies Author Karen Le Billon Shares A French Dinner Recipe

Saint Gatien's Cathedral in Tours - Loire Valley, France. I attended a Catholic Mass here in 1979.

Saint Gatien's Cathedral in Tours - Loire Valley, France. I attended a Catholic Mass here in

Located in Tours, France, "La Place Plumereau" is a busy square filled with pubs and restaurants.

Located in Tours, France, "La Place Plumereau" is a busy square filled with pubs and restaurants.

Map of France. Note the town of "Tours" in the upper left quadrant.

69 Fun Facts About France - After reading this, I would like you see pictures of policemen, streets named Victor Hugo and I'd like you to call every pig you see Napoleon.

This photograph introduces the second section in "French Illusions" titled "Venturing Out of Songais." It is a picture of the Point Wilson Bridge as it crosses the Loire River into the city of Tours, France.

This photograph introduces the second section in "French Illusions" titled "Venturing Out of Songais." It is a picture of the Point Wilson Bridge as it crosses the Loire River into the city of Tours, France.

My own photograph of the Université François Rablelais in Tours, France, 1979.

My own photograph of the Université François Rablelais in Tours, France,

Tours, France

Lane In The Old Town With Restaurant Leonard De Vinci In Tours, Loire Valley, Centre, France - eStock

This photo was taken shortly after I returned back to Seattle in 1980.

This photo was taken shortly after I returned back to Seattle in

“A French fairy tale without the storybook ending.” In the summer of 1979, twenty-one-year-old Linda Kovic pretends to speak French and contracts to become a nanny for a wealthy family in the Loire Valley. Based on the author’s diary, the award-winning French Illusions captures Linda’s real-life story, filled with intrigue and romance, inside and outside the Château de Montclair. Over 120 five-star reviews at Amazon.

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First entry in my diary, August 22, 1979

First entry in my diary, August 1979

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

Chocolatour has won a bronze medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

An early French Citroën. During my stay in France in 1979 and 1980, I rode in a few of these.

An early French Citroën. During my stay in France in 1979 and I rode in a few of these.

Gateau au Yaourt Cake (Yogurt Cake). One of the many dishes I prepared as an au pair in France, 1979.

One of the many dishes I prepared as an au pair in France,

A photograph I took of my bedroom at the chateau where I was an au pair - Loire Valley, France, 1979

A photograph I took of my bedroom at the chateau where I was an au pair - Loire Valley, France, 1979

My own photograph of the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps railway station in Tours, France, 1979.

My own photograph of the Saint-Pierre-des-Corps railway station in Tours, France,

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