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The Au Pair: A True Story

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A British wife and mother’s life is turned upside down when she meets and falls in love with her much younger Afrikaans au pair in this candid memoir. This tantalizing, unconventional, true love story details how two women found each other at an inopportune time in their lives, how they faced reactions to their relationship from their families and friends, and how they ult

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Paperback, 322 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Jacana Media (first published 2010)
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Arja Salafranca
Dec 07, 2014 Arja Salafranca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michele Macfarlane is a married mother of three living in Cape Town as this book opens. Happily partnered with Peter, a chiropodist, they lead a seemingly idyllic life. However, with her eyesight failing, due to the onset of retinitis pigmentosa, Macfarlane hires an au pair to help her care for the children and drive them around as Macfarlane can no longer do so. Within a few pages Macfarlane is both celebrating her 37th birthday in her parents’ luxury penthouse and suffering – and I use the ...more
Allie Chickie
The title of this book makes it fairly self-explanatory. It is a coming out story of sorts. Michele Macfarlane hires an au pair to help with her three young children when her eyesight continues to worsen. She makes the difficult decision to give up driving and accept a helping hand with the household. It isn't long that Lynette, the au pair, works for Michele before Michele realizes her feelings for Lynette. Lynette is an out lesbian who frequently discusses her relationship with her girlfriend, ...more
Laura
Jun 15, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
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Received from Net Galley.

The synopsis of this book sounded like a lifetime movie, and the book met that expectation - it was entertaining, but not very good. I thought the format was a bit strange, since the emails to Sara that opened and closed some chapters didn't really seem necessary - that info could have been easily written into the story itself. I also didn't feel that the author made anyone seem very sympathetic in the way she wrote the book, especially herself and Lyn. Finally, althoug
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Mel
Feb 14, 2015 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read of a woman's experiences coming out and her first lesbian relationship that are different from my own. Parts of the book were very sexually explicit, which I think was supposed to add to the feeling of the novel, but at times were cringy and embarrassing. I found the one way emails to Michele's friend very laborious and started to skip those towards the end.
Anastassia
Jun 06, 2011 Anastassia rated it it was amazing
Exceptionally written.
This is one of those true stories that you can find yourself getting lost in. You relate easily to the character, even if you've never been through half the stuff she's been through, which makes it very easy to read. The honesty, passion and reality of this book makes it a real winner.
Nhlanhlo
Apr 13, 2012 Nhlanhlo rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book cos i can relate to some of the things experienced by Michelle. Wow I am glad I read this book.
C Hellisen
Sep 09, 2011 C Hellisen rated it liked it
It's not high art, but this story of a married woman falling for her au pair had such a fairy tale ending I was left tearing up with happiness.
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seductively well written ... looking forward to Michele's next book!
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MICHELE MACFARLANE was born in South Africa in 1968 and moved to the UK when she was 14 years old. She attended drama college in Coventry where she met her husband.

At the age of 24, she became a full-time mother and home educator. After their third child was born, the happily married couple decided to embark on a new adventure that would take them to Cape Town, South Africa. Though the move was j
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