It's a political thriller about a romance between a Trudeau-era minister and his chief of staff -- and like many good stories, it happens to be true. Ottawa author Nicole Chenier-Cullen launched I Found My Thrill on Parliament Hill this weekend.

Chenier-Cullen worked in former MP Jack "Bud" Cullen's office during the 1970s, and her book documents many of the defining issues of his and Trudeau's careers -- Quebec's separatism movement, the refugees from Vietnam and broader acceptance of immigrants.

"Her honest, thoughtful discourse on how the couple survived what could have been a scandalous relationship adds a revealing dimension to the story, as does her portrayal of Cullen's transition from politician to Federal Court judge," read the publisher's description of this book on

Cullen served 15 years in Parliament, most notably as minister of employment and immigration, minister of manpower and immigration, and minister of national revenue.

The book also deals with his battle with Alzheimer's. Cullen died in 2005.

After her husband's death, Chenier-Cullen retired from private-sector consulting to become a full-time writer. This is her first book.