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Praise for Janey Fraser'A must-read for anyone who has small children. Hugely enjoyable' Katie Fforde'Warmly and engagingly written and with an engaging cast of characters, The Playgroup captivated me from the very first page' Trisha Ashley'I loved it. A terrific story and enormous fun' Judy Astley'This has sparkle and a lightness of touch and a deep, true charm. It is wriPraise for Janey Fraser'A must-read for anyone who has small children. Hugely enjoyable' Katie Fforde'Warmly and engagingly written and with an engaging cast of characters, The Playgroup captivated me from the very first page' Trisha Ashley'I loved it. A terrific story and enormous fun' Judy Astley'This has sparkle and a lightness of touch and a deep, true charm. It is written from the heart' Elizabeth Buchan'I read without stopping' Fay Weldon...

Title : The Au Pair
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ISBN : 9780099558187
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 578 Pages
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The Au Pair Reviews

  • Megan Readinginthesunshine
    2019-03-24 18:30

    This was the first book I’d read by Janey Fraser, and I wasn’t disappointed. Janey has written a great, easy to read story that is perfect for a summer read by the beach!In the Au Pair, Janey introoduces a wide range of characters, all with very different personalities and it’s very interesting to see how each character develops througout the story. At the beginning, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of who is who but persevere because what unfolds after is an intriguing set of stories, and you do want to find out how each au pair copes with their new life.My favourite character was Marie-France, a French girl who signs up to be an au pair in the hope of finding her father. Personally I loved her storyline, I almost wish the entire book had been about her! Widower Matthew was another favourite of mine, his story of trying to bring up his daughter Lottie single-handedly after the death of his wife was very touching, and I feel Janey Fraser wrote their part very well, it was a great addition to the story and only made me want to read on more to find out where Matthew and Lottie’s journey progressed.There are a lot of humourous moments provided in the book. The au pairs are foreign and are all at different stages with their English, and at times I was laughing out loud at the events that unfolded, and the language barriers between some of the characters. The au pairs personalities and accents really shone through the pages, and it made the story that much more enjoyable to read.This is a fun, light, wonderful read that will have you smiling throughout.

  • Caroline Southgate
    2019-03-22 12:47

    absolutely loved this, so funny in places with a great ending. made me cringe when Jilly's boys were naughty in the beginning always costing them money to replace things

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-22 12:34

    'If only she could pick out the good bits from each au pair (and their families) and roll them into one!'Jilly is becoming increasingly worried about money, and after listening to her friend Paula's problems with her current au pair, Jilly discovers that, apparently, anyone can start up and run an au pair agency, so this is what she herself decides to do. It seems an attractive proposition, a job she can do at home, thereby allowing her to look after her own children, and to help out other mothers in the area who need additional childcare.What follows are her attempts to successfully match au pairs to families, and to keep the au pairs and the families happy when differences and problems arise, and boy, do they arise! Also the story delves deeper into the background of some of the families, in particular Matthew, a widower who is battling to do his best for his young daughter Lottie, a sweet little girl who seems nevertheless determined to see off any au pair who comes her way! Similarly, the story also looks into the lives of the au pairs, most closely that of Marie-France, a young French woman who has come to the UK determined to find out the truth about her father, and following in the footsteps of her mother, who was an au pair twenty years ago in the same area. Poor Jilly made me feel quite sorry for her and also quite stressed as her situation got a bit out of hand, trying to look after her own three children and dog, and run her new business, without an au pair of her own, and with little support or encouragement from her husband David. The au pairs themselves are a mixed bunch, with their own motivations and reasons for coming to the UK to work. Some of the families leave a bit to be desired in their treatment of the au pairs too. The author has incorporated little passages with interesting asides regarding au pairs, language, duties and so on, at the start of each chapter, and I enjoyed these and found them a fun addition to the book. One of the major contradictions, or difficulties, in this relationship, is summed up by one of these passages, an extract from 'Jilly's Au Pair Agency: Guidelines for Families - An au pair should be treated as a member of the family. However it is not always wise to let her get too close.' Evidently some of the families and some of the au pairs could do well to heed this advice.I liked Matthew, and the exploration of the challenges facing a single male parent who is trying to maintain his career and care for his young daughter after losing his wife rang true. The Au pair is an entertaining, light and emotional read scattered with amusing moments as various mishaps occur. The plot moves along at a good pace and there is always something happening to keep you reading on. Janey Fraser has the knack of presenting an interesting bunch of characters and fleshing them out, keeping several branches of the storyline running alongside each other successfully, and providing situations that keep the reader interested as the story develops. I don't know if I've ever met anyone who has employed an au pair, and I'm not sure how widespread the employment of au pairs is these days, so I can't comment on the accuracy or realism of any of the circumstances, although as someone who has lived in another country, it is certainly interesting to observe the humour and curiosity regarding cultural differences. I would definitely look to this author again if I were in the mood for a well written, amusing and satisfying read about aspects of modern life and it’s ups and downs.

  • Chelsey Wolford
    2019-03-26 15:49

    This was the first novel that I had read by Janey Fraser and I came to find that she really does have a talent for writing several unique and witty characters. I have always admired authors like Janey who can write several different story lines into one book and still be able to manage them all. This book is filled with action, love, and heartbreak. Janey writes about several households who are harboring foreign au pairs to help take care of their children. I loved all of the au pairs and how versatile each one was. Being an American myself, I am always fascinated with foreign countries as well as their languages and traditions. One au pair was from France, another Bulgaria, and even one from Norway. The language barrier added a comical pretense to the book as well. I did have a hard time at first keeping up with all of the different characters. You really have to pay attention at first, but after that you can start to get the hang of things. I had two favorite characters in this book. The first was Marie-France who was an au pair. Marie-France is a daring girl who came to Corrywood not just to be an au pair, but to also find the father that she never knew as a child. I often felt sorry for Marie-France and especially when she first came to be an au pair because Dawn, the lady she was employed by, was not a very nice person. Marie-France was in a strange place and struggling with the language so my heart often went out to her. She was a girl who simply wanted answers about her past. I just wish that more of the story would have focused on her because she was such a well-written character and one that any reader would take an immediate liking to.My next favorite character was Jilly who actually started the au pair agency. Jilly was a stay at home mom whose husband had recently be demoted in his job and money was becoming scarce in their household. Jilly was the mother of three boys and she worked so hard to be the best mom that she could be. She started the au pair agency in order to both earn money and to be able to stay at home with her boys where she knew she needed to be. She put herself on the line for the well-being of her children and this, of course, is what any good mother should and would do. Not to mention her boys were wild and often breaking things and they were one of the most humorous things about the story. I can always admire characters like Jilly who really have to struggle and can still come out on top!I have always wondered what it would be like be a Nanny or an Au Pair and I have often thought about it trying it while I am finishing up my college years. After reading this book I gained a whole new and developed respect for anyone who is a Nanny or an Au Pair. It takes such patience to work with other people’s children and especially to live with them in their home. These Au Pairs are asked to pick up and move to a foreign country and adjust their lives to fit the schedules and tendencies of another family. At times I did not like the jumping around of families and trying to keep up with all of the characters but there were certain times that I was so into the story that it did not bother me. At almost 600 pages it was a lot to take in but in the end proved to be worth it! A well written story with quite a lot of thought behind it!***A huge thanks to the author, Janey Fraser, for providing me with a copy of her book***

  • Leish
    2019-04-15 12:33

    This book was just okay for me. As far as summer reading goes, it was light and fluffy and a nice distraction on my days off.I wish the story would have focused more on Marie-France's trip. I was really annoyed by the Jilly sections because she was always screaming at her children. We get it. Her boys were bad, they were the worst children ever in the history of children. I also could not stand her husband for making her feel guilty about working, so rude!I enjoyed Marie-France because she was the only au pair who really seemed to like children. I wanted to slap all the other au pairs, they seemed like horrific nightmares. I hope that isn't really how au pairs act! Also, the families were awful as well. I think I was mostly in shock that people would act this way, because according to the description, this is a truthful depiction. Also, after watching Beverly Hill Nannies, I would say this is probably accurate. I now know that I would never be able to be an au pair!Overall, it was a quick and easy read. However, I had a difficult time with most of the characters. They were all so unlikable!This book was provided for review on Confessions of a Bookaholic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Kat
    2019-03-30 10:52

    Janey Fraser is better known as Sophie King and her writing is just the same brilliant as always. I really enjoyed this story and despite it being 578 pages, the pages just flew by. My favourite was Lottie as she was so sweet and kind natured. I also liked Matthew her dad as he was always trying his best. I look forward to the next book from Janey out March 2013.

  • Fiona Story
    2019-04-01 11:51

    Reasonable sort of book. Nothing amazing and a wee bit clichéd. Fairly light and fluffy which is the sort of book needed at the moment.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-01 12:39

    This wouldn't normally have been my genre of choice, but this book has now definitely changed all of that. I absolutely loved it!The story is about Jilly, who sets up an Au pair agency, and tries, sometimes unsuccessfully, to fit work in around her family life.What I loved about this book was the amount of characters that were in it and how with the authors perfect descriptive writing, had made them such vibrant characters, all with their own tale to tell.They were of varying nationalities, which led to some amusing moments when they were talking about their life in England, and often came up with words that were lost in translation. Such as one Au pair talking about how the mother in her family was on the "Cab Itch" diet.The book had amusing parts throughout and I loved the sections interspersed between the chapters, where there were tips for Au pairs and their families in "Jillies Au Pair Agency : Guidelines for Au Pairs and Families". Explaining the meaning of phrases like "Not on your Nellie" "Egg on your Face" and other such phrases.The storyline throughout the whole 582 pages takes you through several feelings of amusement;sadness;worry. Most of all this book is very fulfilling. I really didn't want it to end, as I had connected with so many of the characters as if I knew them personally.At the end of the book, you're not left wondering about any of the characters involved and how their lives evolve, as the author finishes it with a series of newspaper cuttings, e-mails and postcards.This is definitely a keeper for me and is a great holiday read. One of the best books I've read in a long time and I thoroughly recommend it. I'm off now to by more books from this author.The publishers gave me this book to review. This in no way influenced my review, and the words and opinions are entirely my own.

  • Katrina
    2019-04-05 12:54

    An enjoyable read with an interesting story. I agree with some of the other comments that Jilly's constant yelling at her children became irritating and I started skimming through parts of her story which didn't detract from the plot. I guess its realistic for the situation though. Whilst there were benefits to the story being told from the different characters angles every chapter, it being frustrating at times when you're so interested in what's going to happen next for one character you turn the page and suddenly you're back tracking through another characters perspective but the last 2/3 of the book I found a lot more enjoyable as the stories collided more and the writing style flowed. Despite those negatives there were lots of good points, the characters emotions and views were well portrayed and I must admit I pictured Matthew very differently until Paula describe her perception of him. It's certainly opened up my eyes to the life of an au pair. Worth a read. The cliff hangers at the end of each chapter kept me reading 5hrs straight.

  • Jennifer Joyce
    2019-04-03 13:54

    The Au Pair is a fun read, the kind you can curl up with, with a cup of tea and a biscuit (or two) and lose yourself in the amusing world of Corrywood. I loved the confusion over English sayings and phrases as the au pairs arrived as well as the mispronunciation of words. There are lots of fantastic characters, from Turkish Fatima to the villainous Antoinette and Dawn but my favourite character was Marie-France. The poor girl goes through a lot during her quest to find her father but I loved her feisitiness and determination.Finally - and rather superficially - I loved the cover for The Au Pair. It's so fun and full of character, much like the book, and has lots of little details.The Au Pair is the first novel that I've read by Janey Fraser but I really enjoyed it. It was fun and light and so the perfect book to relax with.

  • Fiona Wilson
    2019-04-06 18:38

    I started this book immediately after finishing The Playgroup and I enjoyed it just as much.I work in the childcare industry and couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. It shows the bad and good sides of the au pair industry. I say industry because that is exactly what it is. Reading this it seemed like there was such a high turnover of young girls in some jobs, and I know that this is what does happen at times in real life.There are some hilarious situations the characters find themselves in which are all written brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the various family units and how the au pairs fitted in, or didn't, into the family units.Another great read from the author.

  • Samantha March
    2019-03-31 10:31

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This book was pretty standard British chick lit for me- a lot to read with several characters. There were many aspects that I found interesting – particularly Marie-France and her quest for her father, and Matthew’s story with his daughter. If the book would have been just a touch shorter and maybe cut out about three characters and their sub-plots, I think my attention could have been held much better. But I found myself starting to flip through the pages quickly just to find the resolution. If you’re a fan of British chick lit I think you’ll like this one, just not totally my cup of tea.

  • Christina Rochester
    2019-03-27 10:51

    This was a good old giggle. I've definitely been put off being an au pair though. Or ever having one for my children. There's no way I could go through all that. Nope not a chance in hell.Some of the storylines were a little obvious such as the one between Marie-France and Phillip. But that said I absolutely loved Marie-France as a character. It seemed that she was the only one there who didn't really have the ultimate aim of being an au pair, but was by far the best at the job. Little Lottie also grew on me and I absolutely adored her ways of driving away any au pairs that she didn't want around her. This is definitely a fun read that will make you laugh.

  • Paris
    2019-04-16 10:32

    'The Au pair' is a light hearted read, perfect for reading on your holiday or while chilling in the garden. It particularly appealed to me as I toyed with the idea of becoming an au pair myself, if I had read this book a few years ago I probably would've considered it more seriously. I loved how all the lives of the different families intertwined and Jenny Fraser did a fantastic job of not making it too complicated so you couldn't keep up. The only reason this book didn't receive five stars from me as I did guess the plot line before I finished the book, a book has to really surprise me to get five stars.

  • Charlotte
    2019-03-26 15:59

    I bought this as part of a multi buy so didn't know what to expect.The book starts with a humorous introduction into the hectic life of balancing children, work, home etc from a Mum's point of view. To be fair the beginning will make you chuckle.However the book follows the story of several families and their experiences with au pairs. It isn't all as light hearted as the beginning of the book and i found it all a little drawn out. It isn't a small book.Maybe because i don't have children i didn't find it so entertaining but i had to make myself read the last few chapters.

  • Kim
    2019-04-01 15:44

    I loved her first book The Playgroup and this one is set in the same place and mentions some of the characters. I really enjoyed this one, too. She reminds me of Lucy Dillon.Jilly starts an AuPair business after witnessing some of the problems her best friend has with her aupair. She soon discovers that all sorts of issues can and DO crop up with the youg girls and their families.Jilly and Mary-France were my favourite characters.

  • Ophelia
    2019-04-17 18:38

    I enjoyed the book overall but thought there were a few too many characters. Plus I didn't totally warm to Jilly for some reason. I wasn't thrilled that she stayed with her husband, I guess there just weren't any better options. However, it was a good fun romp and the au pairs were very entertaining.

  • Donna
    2019-03-21 17:33

    A long chick flick I loved this book was laughing at times the tales of the au pairs. Good story too thought I get fed up with the book but I did not. So much better than The Playgroup looking forward to reading Happy Families. Good ending too. :) 10/10

  • Karen McCaffery
    2019-03-20 14:44

    Good summer read with lots of interesting characters and intertwining storylines. Would definitely read more from this author.

  • Anna
    2019-03-22 11:43

    About 250 pages too long but the general storyline was good.

  • Lyndsey
    2019-03-19 16:50

    Easy holiday read haven't read any of this writers before will give another book ago but not on my priority list

  • Lexy
    2019-03-22 11:54

    Good read. Really enjoyed it. Certainly worth a read.

  • Katie Marriott
    2019-03-27 16:57

    This was a light-hearted read. I enjoyed it on the whole but wouldn't necessarily recommend it. It was a good read for a quiet weekend which is why it worked for me.

  • Ashlea Macdonald
    2019-04-10 17:44

    Good easy read!

  • Tracy Wainwright
    2019-04-04 15:00


  • Jacqueline Bovill
    2019-03-29 11:51

    It took me a good while (months) to get into this book, intermittently giving it a go but once I got into the storyline I quite enjoyed it.

  • Caroline Montague
    2019-04-14 13:57

    This is the first Jenny Fraser book I have read and it was fab. I will certainly be reading her first novel now.

  • Rachel Kelly
    2019-04-09 12:32

    I loved this book!! I've never read anything by Jenny Fraser before but I'll definitely be looking for her other books! I couldn't put this down!

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-04-10 17:34

    Having had au pairs when our girls were little thought this might be fun to read sometime.

  • Navin
    2019-03-23 18:35

    It's a funny read. Light n easy. Good for mums looking to break away and have fun.