About me

A former journalist (UK)and librarian, I love to read historical fiction and am fascinated by 17th century Canadian history. My indie historical romance titled Adele: Wilderness Bride. A Story of New France is now available in print or digital format from Amazon and similar vendors. In June 2012 the novel was runner-up in the Romance category in the (Hollywood based) 2012 Beach Book Festival contest. It received an honourable mention in the General Fiction category in the 2012 London Book Festival.

From my website

Adèle: A Wilderness Bride. A Story of New France

Review by AngloStore manageress, Susan Stewart. This book appeared on our door step in June, sent to us from the author’s home in Victoria, British Columbia.  A few years ago, Ms Illing was intrigued to learn that two-thirds of the approximately seven million Canadians who today speak French as their mother…

Adele: Wilderness Bride – a novel of New France

In the 1660s, when illegitimate orphan Adele Dupuy leaves for New France aboard a ship of similarly-disadvantaged young women, she is known as une fille a marier, meaning a marriageable girl intended to increase the colony’s population. Two years later, when she seeks refuge in Quebec City after having escaped her brutish…

Adéle: Wilderness Bride, a Story of New France by Thora Kerr Illing

Review by KS Schmitt Marie Lacoste Gerin Lajoie Adele is a young French woman, the illegitimate child of a nobleman who has seen to her care since she was born and has a plan to marry her to a merchant class man in Quebec. His plan was to allow her…

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