• Au Québec, sur les bords du lac Saint-Jean, en 1928. Pendant  que de nouvelles crues dévastatrices frappent les propriétés  des riverains installés sur le pourtour de cette véritable mer  intérieure, Emma Cloutier est retrouvée noyée près de la  ferme ancestrale.Ce deuil cruel sème la discorde et le mensonge dans la famille  Cloutier, surtout lorsque Jacinthe, la soeur aînée de la victime,  tente de comprendre ce qui s'est réellement passé. Menant sa  propre enquête, elle découvre peu à peu les sombres secrets  que préservait jalousement Emma, institutrice à l'allure si  sage, que tous croyaient bien connaître...
      Après le formidable succès    de la saga  L'Orpheline des neiges, Marie-  Bernadette Dupuy nous entraîne dans un nouveau tourbillon de  passions et d'aventures dans les décors fabuleux du Canada.
     

  • Val-Jalbert, un soir de l'été 1946. Alors que la Deuxième Guerre mondiale est enfin terminée et que la Terre entière panse ses plaies, un événement désastreux vient déranger la quiétude de la famille Chardin, dans le petit village ouvrier abandonné depuis une quinze d'années. Hermine l'apprend alors qu'elle chante dans l'opéra La Bohème, au Capitole de Québec. Ses parents étant ruinés, la jeune femme décide de travailler davantage, ce qui la conduira à rencontrer un riche Suisse, Rudolph Metzner, séduisant veuf, mais surtout mélomane et passionné d'art lyrique qui idolâtre en secret le Rossignol de Val-Jalbert depuis ses débuts.

    Après un merveilleux hiver en famille, dans leur maison au bord de la Péribonka, Hermine et Toshan se séparent à regret. La famille de la chanteuse se réfugie à Val-Jalbert, dans la maison de Charlotte appelée le Petit Paradis, pendant que la jeune femme enregistre un disque à Québec, sous l'égide de Metzner. Mais la veille de son retour au Lac-Saint-Jean, l'impresario l'enlève et l'emmène chez lui, où il la retient prisonnière d'une « cage dorée ». Hermine saura regagner sa liberté, grâce au chant, à son talent et de nouveau enceinte de Toshan, elle retrouvera les siens avec un immense bonheur.

  • Décembre 1939. Installée dans leur maison au bord de la rivière Péribonka avec son mari et ses enfants, Hermine est en pleine déprime. La talentueuse chanteuse s'en veut d'avoir perdu un enfant, Victor, alors qu'elle faisait tournée par-dessus tournée dans toute l'Amérique du Nord. Et son moral pourtant fragile subit un autre choc lorsque son mari Toshan lui annonce qu'il s'enrôle dans l'armée et part sur-le-champ à la Citadelle de Québec y subir son entraînement. C'en est trop! Devant le dur hiver jeannois qui s'annonce et sans homme pour les protéger, Hermine prend la décision de déménager la petite famille chez ses parents à Val-Jalbert, son cher village fantôme. Parallèlement, elle loue une maison à Roberval où logeront sa belle-mère Tala et la jeune Kiona. Et lorsque la cabane de Tala est incendiée en pleine nuit, par de sombres inconnus, tous partent se réfugier à la hâte au Lac-Saint-Jean, en lieux sûrs.

    Pourtant, au retour d'une première visite d'Hermine à Roberval, la jeune femme est menacée par des inconnus. Son cheval est alors gravement blessé d'un coup de fusil et elle-même est secourue de justesse par un voisin. Par une série d'indices, Tala comprend alors que ces gens lui veulent du mal pour se venger de la mort d'un homme, tué par son mari, il y a bien longtemps. Comme on s'apprête à fêter Noël et que ses parents ne sont pas là, Hermine décide d'amener Kiona à Val-Jalbert. Quant à Tala, elle part quelques jours en forêt, accompagnée de Madeleine. Or, lorsque Jocelyn et Laura reviennent de Chicoutimi, c'est le drame quand cette dernière aperçoit la jeune Métis. Elle demande à sa fille de la ramener à Roberval, mais Hermine résiste aux crises de sa mère, ce qui donne l'occasion à Jocelyn de faire connaissance de sa fille illégitime.

    De son côté, en permission pour quelques jours, Toshan revient à Val-Jalbert pendant la période des fêtes. Il assiste avec ses enfants et ses beaux-parents à la messe de Noël où Hermine, comme à son habitude, charme son auditoire par son extraordinaire voix. Mais au coeur de l'hiver, le petit Louis est enlevé par Paul Tremblay, l'homme derrière les événements mettant en cause Tala. Le gredin a flairé la bonne affaire, car il a appris que Laura est riche. C'est la panique à Val-Jalbert et lorsque Hermine apprend la nouvelle à Toshan, ce dernier décide de revenir délivrer son demi-frère. Il arrive au moment où les Chardin reçoivent le téléphone de la maîtresse de Tremblay. La femme, honteuse, a décidé de trahir son amant. Grâce à son aide, Toshan retrouve Louis au fond de la caverne du Trou de la fée, à Desbiens puis repart dans la forêt, où l'armée vient d'ouvrir un camp destiné à garder des prisonniers allemands.

    Puis au printemps, alors que l'accouchement de Betty vire au drame, Hermine apprend une nouvelle terrible de la bouche même de Simon, qui doit se marier bientôt avec Charlotte. Les épousailles sont compromises, mais le retour soudain de Toshan, qui songe à déserter l'armée, brouille à nouveau les cartes. Est-ce que les deux amoureux trouveront la force d'affronter à nouveau les épreuves qu'ils pressentent?

  • Pays du Lac-Saint-Jean, janvier 1929

    Jacinthe Cloutier exerce toujours la profession d'infirmière à Saint-Prime, son village natal durement touché par des inondations dévastatrices quelques mois plus tôt. Après avoir sauvé un patient atteint de rage à la suite d'une attaque par un loup, elle découvre qu'il est le frère de la guérisseuse du village, la mystérieuse Mathilda. Une amitié sincère lie les deux femmes, mais lorsque cette dernière assiste Alberta, la mère de Jacinthe, lors de son accouchement, les choses tournent mal. S'enclenche alors une série de drames amoindris par la venue au monde du petit Caleb, qui a survécu à sa mère. Jacinthe n'a d'autre choix que d'abandonner son métier pour en prendre soin. Quatre ans plus tard, ballotés entre l'amour illicite que porte toujours Loric pour sa soeur jumelle, Sidonie, et le délire du simple d'esprit Pacôme, qui voit en Anathalie la réincarnation de sa mère Emma, morte tragiquement dans les folles eaux du lac Saint-Jean en 1928, les membres de la famille Cloutier peinent à trouver la sérénité. Réussiront-ils à enfin à saisir un jour ce bonheur tant attendu?

    Second et dernier tome d'une série ayant pour cadre les vastes et magnifiques panoramas du Lac-Saint-Jean, ses plaines fertiles et ses forêts boréales denses et giboyeuses, Les Sortilèges du lac clôt admirablement une courte série riche en émotions, en revirements et surtout en passion. C'est évident, Marie-Bernadette Dupuy est encore et toujours au sommet de son art, au grand plaisir de ses centaines de milliers de lectrices et lecteurs à travers le monde.

  • On a May morning in 1939, eighteen-year-old Velma Demerson and her lover were having breakfast when two police officers arrived to take her away. Her crime was loving a Chinese man, a "crime" that was compounded by her pregnancy and subsequent mixed-race child. Sentenced to a home for wayward girls, Demerson was then transferred (along with forty-six other girls) to Torontos Mercer Reformatory for Females. The girls were locked in their cells for twelve hours a day and required to work in the on-site laundry and factory. They also endured suspect medical examinations. When Demerson was finally released after ten months' incarceration weeks of solitary confinement, abusive medical treatments, and the state's apprehension of her child, her marriage to her lover resulted in the loss of her citizenship status. This is the story of how Demerson, and so many other girls, were treated as criminals or mentally defective individuals, even though their worst crime might have been only their choice of lover. Incorrigible is a survivor's narrative. In a period that saw the rise of psychiatry, legislation against interracial marriage, and a populist movement that believed in eradicating disease and sin by improving the purity of Anglo-Saxon stock, Velma Demerson, like many young women, found herself confronted by powerful social forces. This is a history of some of those who fell through the cracks of the criminal code, told in a powerful first-person voice.

  • Foods is both appealing and appetizing, and offers a wide range of words and pictures of foods that are both simple and true. The concept of the food groups is one of the learning tracks offered in this book.
    Ready to eat?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Aquatic Animals is a fascinating and surprising book that takes us to the mysterious marine world. Guided by a mythical being, your child will discover surprising facts about aquatic life.
    Ready to dive?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Animals of Africa is an exotic classic that offers a safari of knowledge on the animals of the savannah and the jungle. While discovering Africa, you will get to know the animals in various ways; their food, their cries, their tracks.
    Ready to explore?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Emoticats is a funny and educational book that shows various basic emotions personified by cats. Your child will be able to better identify and manage their emotions. The role-playing will allow them to understand and will develop their emotional intelligence.
    Ready to feel a whole range of emotions?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Farm Animals is a funny classic that introduces the various animals that live on a farm. The attractive pictures and the realistic cries will no doubt get the attention of the young kids and will entertain the older ones!
    Ready for a trip to the country?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Thanks to colourful pictures, Bugs invites you to discover the fascinating world of insects and other small bugs. It becomes child's play to learn new things on the subject!
    Ready to discover the little world of bugs?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Whether on land, under water or in the air, Vehicles offers an overview of various means of transportation. Your children will be able to learn about the propulsion means, thanks to this colourful book.
    Ready to start?

    The interactive picture books in the Word Box collection encourage the development of the child's vocabulary while having fun! Offered in French, English, and Spanish, they are also a great way to discover other languages, and show the right way to say words, thanks to the narration. At the end you will find questions, supplements, or games to have even more fun! The Word Box collection is designed to appeal to girls and boys.

  • Family Portrait is a engaging story that shows different kinds of families, living in various circumstances. Even if they are all different, they have one thing in common: LOVE!
    This story is offered with narration, and will appeal to small and bigger children! Come discover other families and introduce us to yours!

    Thanks to stories that are original and full of wisdom, the Apple & Confetti collection offers books filled with discoveries! In the last pages you will find questions, bonuses, and other surprises that will put into play the child's memory, logic, and creativity. Our interactive stories, that are offered in French, English, and Spanish, are perfect for learning different languages. Let us amaze you!

  • For a Hug is a touching story that promotes a harmonious relationship between a pet and a child. You will discover a cute and lively pet that has needs and must be given the necessary care.
    This story is offered with narration, and will appeal to small and bigger children! Will you discover the type of animal before the end of the story?

    Thanks to stories that are original and full of wisdom, the Apple & Confetti collection offers books filled with discoveries! In the last pages you will find questions, bonuses, and other surprises that will put into play the child's memory, logic, and creativity. Our interactive stories, that are offered in French, English, and Spanish, are perfect for learning different languages. Let us amaze you!

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!From the back-to-school day to the naptime, familiarize your child with the first words of school. He will learn to put words on everything that composes this new world for him, such as the playground or the cafeteria. The ideal book to reassure the little ones before their first day of class !Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!Small or big ? Young or old ? Day or night ? Full or empty ? Above or below ? Familiarize your child with the fascinating world of opposites. Through the book, he will learn to put words on everything that composes his daily universe.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!Molds, gulls, hermit crabs, tides... familiarize your child with the first words of the sea. He will learn to put words on everything that composes this fascinating world.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!Saying "hello" and "thank you", behaving correctly during dinner, so many little actions to learn during childhood.  At school, in the park, at the restaurant, with the neighborhood, during breakfast, at the aquarium or at the supermarket, this little book goes over all situations of the daily life and shows in pictures the ways to be well-mannered.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!The best way for little ones to learn everything about colors, from red to purple, the first words to identify and describe colors.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!Mommy's tummy is growing  ... Soon, the family will get bigger ! But how long it is to wait for the baby ... A little book to teach your child all he must know about his little brother or sister.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • Funny and lovely Picture Books for Little Ones!Not wasting water, sorting papers, respecting flowers and animals, so many little actions that we can discover during childhood. Familiarize your child with these simple practices which will help him admire and protect his everyday world.Discover Fleurus charming picture books with simple images and texts to develop children's knowledge of the world around them.

  • There is nothing peaceful about Samia Shariff's account. Life has not been easy for this Algerian woman, who was born in France. The third child in a Muslim family whose father is a prosperous and respected businessman, Samia was not welcome in a clan where the birth of a daughter was considered a punishment from Allah!

    A powerful, at times almost unbearable narrative, Veil of Fear draws us into a world of men who justify most of their actions towards women by means of an abusive interpretation of the Koran and its teaching. Thus, from the time of her birth, Samia lives in fear. In fear of her mother, of her father, of the husband she was forced to marry at the age of 16, of the fundamentalists who constantly threaten her, of the obstetricians who want to put her to sleep, of what might happen to her children, of fleeing towards the unknown, of choosing freedom over assured wealth and, above all, of making her daughters live through the same torments she has experienced. Humiliated, beaten, raped, harassed, she had the intelligence and courage to break out of the infernal circle in which a woman depends on the totalitarian power of a man, from generation to generation. Thus, in November 2001, using false passports for herself and her five children, she crossed the Atlantic Ocean and took refuge in Canada, where she was finally able to start a real life as a mother and woman.

    In a style that is both simple and effective, Samia recounts her life, her trials and, above all, her victories. For several decades she was the instrument of a completely incredible belief system that granted her no rights whatsoever, not even the right to love or even live in peace. In this respect, she is now the spokeswoman for millions of other women who have stories that are similar and possibly even worse, to tell us. In her own words, Samia says, "I lost everything I had in order to obtain what I never had: peace and love."

  • Over twenty years ago, Serge Girard knocked on the doors of Éditions JCL like many other authors, his manuscript in hand and heart filled with hope. This man from Jonquière claimed to have been aided by fifty or so spirits, guiding and inspiring him to finish this work of serious reflection.

    Could it be?
    The dead are silent. Very few have returned on Earth, in the flesh and blood, to tell us exactly what happens in the hereafter. Yet, since the beginning of time, numerous disembodied Spirits have confided in mediums who possess the innate gift to harness such fascinating testimonies.

    Serge Girard is one of these mediums, deliberately chosen by the Spirits as an intermediary through which to share their views with all on many aspects of human life on Earth. In addition, these beings from the hereafter have told with great accuracy who they were when they lived on Earth and what happened to them in the afterlife.

  • Anglais Snowchild

    Marie Bernadette Dupuy

    The Epiphany, 1916.
    On an unforgivingly cold winter's night in Val-Jalbert, Lac-Saint-Jean, a twelve month-old child, wrapped in furs, is discovered by a nun from the convent school. The discovery of this abandoned girl, possibly afflicted by the dreaded chicken pox, deeply upsets the nuns from Notre-Dame-Bon-Conseil who have just taken on their teaching duties. Val-Jalbert, a small factory-town built at the foot of the Ouiatchouan River, is run by the pulp and paper company. The villagers are hard-working and have everything they need. Life in Val Jalbert flows in an orderly fashion, morally irreproachable.

    The child of the night increasingly disrupts the nuns and their neighbors, the Marois family, who eventually take her in. But where does Marie-Hermine, with eyes so blue, come from? Why did her parents drop her off like a heavy burden on the steps of the convent school? Over the years, the orphan girl will become affectionately known as ``the Winter Nightingale'' because of her extroardinary voice, and she will become the pride of the factory village which is later abandoned, doomed after the closure of the industry in 1927. Homes are now empty, gardens left unattended, and the nuns leave the barren village. During these unfortunate incidents, Marie-Hermine's past resurfaces and jealousies erupt, such as the love of a young metis named Toshan, encountered during a trip to Lac-Saint-Jean.

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