Amabilis de Sainte Croix is the Québecois Anne of Green Gables!

51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The first reviews for Amabilis de Sainte Croix are in!

Amabilis de Sainte Croix  is the Québecois Anne of Green Gables!” Myles Ambrose, Stendhal Review

“I could not have told the story better had I lived it myself. I felt I was there for everything the arsenic poisoning, the births, the deaths, the drama of rural Quebec living. Well told.” Carl Chrastain, Santa Clara Valley Recorder 

“Historically impeccable, best first person memoir I’ve read in the last six weeks. Impressive.”  Candace Hsuang, Thunder Valley Reader

Here’s the introduction I wrote to her book:


Luck and fecundity

Between 1899 and 1904, five Hébert girls were born to Marie Zelphida Hébert, née Charest. Between 1924 and 1946, these five Hébert girls in turn gave birth to sixty (60) full term babies.

Amarilda, the eldest, had fifteen (15), Ida, the next, born in 1901, sixteen (16). Amabilis, the writer of these memoires had twelve (12), followed by Anne Marie . . . Click here for the full article

Virtual Publishing Party – Amabilis of Sainte Croix goes live on Amazon!

51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Very proud to announce the publishing of my third book which just went live on – Amabilis of Sainte Croix, a Québecois woman’s memoires spanning the experiences of four generations from the late 19th to the mid 20th century in rural Québec province. Amabilis’s point of view and perspective gives a fresh historical view to a turbulent time in Québec and Canada’s history. Included in the edition is her complete original memoires en français.

Click here to go to and get the kindle edition.

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Canadian National Film Board New Boys – Canoeing in 1973 old school

At the chapel after the trip. Probably fantasizing about sleeping in a bunk bed with a three inch think mattress with 50 of my closest new friends.

We were given haircuts, issued clothes, laundry numbers, canoe gear, and assigned a chore / duty. We boarded an old yellow rented school bus on Tuesday morning, four canoes in tow, driven about 350 miles east of the school. I learned how to sleep sitting up on that school bus. Click here for the full article

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