Books are a popular Christmas gift, and a local author has a new one in French for younger readers to enjoy.

Karine Perron of L’Orignal has written her second book, À l’aube destin de Florence—tome 2 (Florence’s Dawn of Destiny, Volume 2), which is a sequel to the first book with the same title, which was published in 2016.

The first book introduced Florence, who experienced a tumultuous year at school due to many of the social challenges that come with being an adolescent. However, Florence also experiences some surprises along the way.

In the new, second book, Florence is left trying to reset her social and personal situation after the challenges of the previous school year.  There is plenty of social tension, supernatural intrigue, and a little bit of romance.

The new book interweaves reality and the supernatural, where Florence discovers an unusual part of her destiny.

“With this novel, I want to share about friendship, love, happiness, sadness, fear of losing, family, forgiveness, reconciliation and empathy. Interwoven with a hint of magic and fantasy. What, I hope will entertain readers,” said Perron.

She said that it was always a dream of hers to write and touch others through her writing.

“I love to write, I love stories,” said Perron.

The mother of three young adult children works for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell Department of Social Services.  She said that some of Florence’s experiences are based on her own experiences and dreams from when she was younger.

Perron’s first book won the prize for emerging youth literature from the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) in 2018.  Perron has also enjoyed being able to participate in book fairs across Ontario since 2016, and to be part of the jury at a writing competition in Ottawa in 2017.

À l’aube destin de Florence—tome 2 is intended for ages 14 and up.  It is published by Les Éditions L’Interligne and sells for $16.95.  The novel is available locally at Le Signet and Wizard Art Shoppe, located at 300 Main Street West in Hawkesbury.  It is also sold online through book retailers Renaud-Bray and Indigo.

À l’aube destin de Florence—tome 2. Photo: Les Éditons L’Interligne.