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The Pleasing Hour
The Pleasing Hour
Author: Lily King
ISBN-13: 9780743201643
ISBN-10: 0743201647
Publication Date: 10/3/2000
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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WestofMars avatar reviewed The Pleasing Hour on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Beautifully written, very literary story about a nanny's trip to France for some healing.
jeepers avatar reviewed The Pleasing Hour on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. The main character was very vulnerable and grew a lot by the end of the book
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This is a quick read. I enjoyed it very much. I like the way the author writes.
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Story of an American woman who takes a job as au pair in Paris.
LeahG avatar reviewed The Pleasing Hour on + 320 more book reviews
This was a very good book, one that I had a hard time putting down. Lily King very much deserved to win the 1999 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.
Leah G.
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Every autumn, on a day called la rentree, hundreds of filles descend upon Paris to move in with Parisian families and care for the children. They drink in the glamorous culture, pursue romance and the perfect accent. But Rosie is different; when she comes to live with the Tivots on their houseboat in Paris, she is fleeing an unspeakable loss that has left her hollow and longing for family.. "As Rosie awkwardly grasps for the French words to communicate with the Tivots, she longs for a piece of common ground with Nicole, the cool, distant, and beautifully polished mother of the three children she cares for. Rosie's bond with Marc, the father of the household, develops almost too naturally, and the children make their way so deep inside her heart, she can practically read their thoughts. But when Lola, the middle child, begins to suspect too close an attachment between her au pair and her father, Rosie is alerted to her trespass within the family and moves to the south of France to care for Nicole's elderly guardian, the storyteller of the family's secrets.. "Soon Rosie understands the tragic losses behind Nicole's austere demeanor and sees that the two of them have more in common than she believed.