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I was an au pair to a family in New York City during the early 80’s. I was attending college and it provided a job, housing and a family like atmosphere in which to live and study. I’m still in touch with them these many years after and I’m thankful for the opportunities they provided. I was intrigued to read Emma Rous’ THE AU PAIR (Berkley). My experience was light years away from what I read, and therein lies the intrigue.

In THE AU PAIR ( Berkley), Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny are born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate. Within hours of their birth, their mother throws herself from the cliffs, the au pair flees, and the village is thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who wove a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, but holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

Emma Rous weaves an interesting mystery, which demands close attention. It’s a combination of domestic noir and contemporary fiction. After a slow start, where the story line is easy to keep up, the last third, throws facts and reveals at the readers at a frenetic pace. One might want to keep a flow chart close by. This was my experience, maybe it’ll be different for you.


Emma Rous grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.

The Au Pair is her first novel. It will be published in ten countries, in nine languages. She is currently writing her second book.

Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy of the AU PAIR to giveaway. Just tell what you know about au pairs. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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45 thoughts on “THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous & GIVEAWAY

  1. I only know that au pairs help with the kids in exchange for room and board (at least I think so!) It would certainly put one in a position to learn some interesting tidbits best left unknown. Great premise for a book to he sure.

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  2. I don’t know what is “au pair” ; I just googled it, and now i know. Emma Rous has cleverly spun a suspense thriller with “au pair”! Would love to read the book. Thank you.

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  3. What I know about au pairs comes mostly from reading, so it’s not that comforting! Guess after all this reading I’m too suspicious. I grew up in the country so not really the thing we did. The book sounds thrilling.

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  4. This book has had a lot of great buzz going on about it!! I am a huge fan of these types of books and I think The Au Pair will not disappoint! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!

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  5. Au pairs look after the children and also help with household chores depending upon their responsibilities. The parents depend on them and trust them.

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  6. I don’t know too much about what an au pair does, but I do see them with children when I visit my son. They apparently are WONDERFUL baby sitters. I read this book as an e-book, but would love a print copy to share….THANKS.

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  7. My sister had an Au Pair from Spain when her kids where young. She lived at her house and watched the kids while she went to work. Once my sister was home, the Au Pair was free to do what she wanted.

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  8. I haven’t read the book, but I know that an au pair is usually a foreigner employed to take care of children, do housework, etc., in exchange for room and board.

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  9. I only know what I’ve seen or actually how they are portrayed in movies which isn’t always so favorable I’m sure they are compassionate, caring and hard working. Would love to read this novel no matter! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  10. Au pairs are live in Nannies, I think at first it was a chance for people from other countries to come and live and work here. Thank you for the chance this book sounds very intriguing.

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  11. Growing up I babysat for extra money. In beginning of high school I became friends with a girl who babysat all the time, even taking vacations with some families. As we progressed through high school (we ent to different schools) we still found time to hangout, but was rare. She was in such high demand I started taking jobs she just couldnt juggle. Eventually we lost touch, both graduating and moving on. Several years later I was on campus and ran into her and a couple adoreable blond headed children. We caught up as quick as we could and exchanged numbers. I faild to mention we are not in our home, we are miles away. She invited me to the home she worked and lived in for lunch, the house was gorgeous, she had privacy, she had paid days off, she had paid vacas, she had gotten early childhood development education, she was a member of the family! I thought how neat, she was really happy. Not something I could do for sure. We have sense lost touch again! What I know is its not job for everyone, but perfect for her. Ive been intersted in this book for that reason! Your revie makes it very intriguing!

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  12. This book is #1 on my 2019 wishlist. I’ve known a few people who had an au pair, and sadly it seemed like they were very disconnected from their kids. The parents were workaholics and the kids were desperate for the parents’ attention.

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  13. I did a semester abroad in France when I was in college. A couple of families had Au Pairs who we were friends with. I think it’s a great program. The ones I know where from other countries. My friend’s daughter recently went to Australia. She had such a great experience!

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  14. I don’t know a lot about au pairs. Often they are young ladies from other countries who provide live in childcare for families with young children.

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  15. I’ve never know anyone who had an au pair. A friend who was an empty nester moved from midwest to Upstate NY to be an au pair. Lasted a year. Parents were busy with “important” jobs and had no time for two children, however they didn’t like her discipline with their children.


  16. I only know what everyone else has said – is there even any more to it? A glorified full-time career nanny…one who lives with the family they work for? This is #1 on my reading list though…I’ve been looking forward to reading for so long. And I LOVE that this is her debut novel and has so much positive attention. Good for her!


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