French Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Linda wants nothing more than to become a flight attendant. It’s her dream. The only way to make this a reality is to learn another language and fast. She gets the idea to become an au pair for a family in France. She quickly learns that this journey won’t be as easy as she originally hoped for. While there are enjoyable moments, there are moments that make her feel absolutely miserable. There are people who treat her awful and never give her the benefit of the doubt about anything. She finds herself juggling her au pair duties and looking for schools that will give her an amazing way to learn French.

Before I start this review, I want to state that I do not read blurbs at all. It’s both a blessing and a curse for me. I do it on purpose. It has nothing to do with me being lazy. I just love going into a book not knowing anything about it if I can help it. Now that that’s stated, I didn’t realize this was a memoir, and I didn’t realize it was set in 1979. These are two important factors. As I was going through the audiobook, I had several issues with the book. I don’t really make notes. I should, but in this case, I’m glad I don’t. My opinions were unjustified after learning what I did at the end of the book. It caused me to reevaluate my feelings about the book. It quickly changed my feelings to positive ones. It’s a very beautiful and touching story. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to write after going through all that.

This book was narrated by Lucy Floyd. I think she’s the main reason I kept assuming this was a more modern novel. She just has this very modern and upbeat voice. I’m not saying this as a bad thing. I really enjoyed hearing her narrate. I’m also not blaming my negative feelings about the book on her narration either. Her narration kept me listening despite the negative feelings about the book. I’m grateful for that. I wouldn’t have realized the gem I was reading had I not given it a chance. This is another narrator I don’t think I’ve listened to before. I will look for other books narrated by her.

I had my misgivings about the book for some reasons I will not discuss. Especially now that they have been found unfounded. I think I’d like to go back and actually read the book one day. It’s such a beautiful and inspirational story. This girl had so many obstacles standing in the way of her dreams. She didn’t let them stop her. She kept going. Yes, she experienced anxiety. The treatment of her brought her down many times. It’s normal though. She’s a trooper. I look forward to reading the sequel.

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