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Bound by Loyalty (Victoria Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – October 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Whitlands Publishing Ltd.; First Edition edition (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968506143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968506141
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,782,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J. Robert Whittle was born in Yorkshire, England. At 19, he received his Mining Engineering Degree from Leeds University and as an international expert in his field, he travelled widely. His thirst for history, attention to detail and his natural ability to entertain, have provided Whittle with all the necessary prerequisites enabling him to once again weave a spell-binding, 'can't put it down' story.

Emigrating to Canada in 1971, Whittle and his Canadian-born wife, live in Victoria, Canada.


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I was born in Yorkshire, England on June 10, 1933. An entrepreneur from an early age, I wasn't to know that this was merely preparing me for writing novels and marketing my own books in later life. I played professional cricket while attending Leeds University and become a mining engineer where I led a first-response to disaster team for 12 years for the British Coal Board. By 1963, following many serious accidents, I moved to Australia, and later, to Canada where I worked for the Canadian Government in the Arctic for two years.

In 1971, I moved in Victoria BC. Many years later while recuperating from knee surgery on an old mining injury, I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. In 1998, my wife Joyce Sandilands, published "Lizzie: Lethal Innocence" which became my first bestselling novel. By 2010, we had become well-known in the book industry as the Canadian couple who wrote, indie-published, and sold their books at local farmer's markets and craft shows. My 3 bestselling novels are "Lizzie: Lethal Innocence", "Bound by Loyalty" and "Loyalty's Reward" part of the 4-book Lizzie Series and Victoria Chronicles Trilogy, all historical novels. Joyce and I have also co-written 2 novels and a book of short stories.

If you visit Victoria BC from April-September, look for me at the Bastion Square Market Wednesday-Sunday. My books are found in select Victoria bookstores, amazon.com (kindle) and my website: jrobertwhittle.com. Tourists from so many countries visit Victoria, we know our books can be found in the homes of 60+ nations of the world! A fair feat for an old, but friendly guy, in only 13 years!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
In Bound by Loyalty, author J. Robert Whittle, weaves the fasincating tale of Nancy Wilson, orphaned at the age of four. Without friends or family, Nancy is taken to an orphanage where she meets Dan Brown, an orphan eight years her senior. Together Dan and Nancy weather the difficult and lonely life wrought by their indifferent headmistress.

Whittle's novel, the first of a pair, follows Dan and Nancy as they grow up and move out of the orphanage, leading separate lives. When chance brings the two together again, they choose each other as brother and sister, promising to never lose touch again. As the two experience tragedy and triumph, Whittle shares their tender love story filled with friends and "adopted" family.

Bound by Loyalty is set in Victoria, British Columbia in the early 1900s. Throughout the book, Whittle sprinkles tidbits of Victorian history along with a smattering of the tumultuous political times the characters endured. From the growing popularity of the automobile to the first hints of prohibition, the author presents interesting historical and geographical facts in the midst of his charming and likable characters. Along with this rich history, Whittle paints a heartwarming picture of Dan and Nancy as they grow into adults.

While this book could be characterized as a romance, it contains more history and depth than any Danielle Steele novel, and is guaranteed to appeal to a wider audience. Whittle's tale is well written, his characters are compelling, and the story flows easily from one scene to the next, making it difficult to put down.

For readers who want variety, Bound by Loyalty offers a refreshing and enlightening change of pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Edwards on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Author J. Robert Whittle has another winner with this, the first in a new series set in Victoria, BC. He skillfully weaves real people, real events, and real places into a fictional account of an orphan girl and those she meets. As a Victoria resident, I can appreciate the depth of research that the author has undertaken in order to present an accurate picture of early Victoria. His portrayal of prominent Victoria citizens capture their personalities to a tee - their descendants almost think that the author had met the people in question.
It is refreshing to read a novel that is free of sex, violence and mayhem. The story and its telling keep the reader entranced! This is a real page turner - and then you have to wait for the next one!
One of the finest books I have read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cornelia "Connie D." DeDona on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I met both Robert and Joyce on a trip to Victoria a few years ago. He very graciously autographed my books. I truly enjoyed reading this series and have since donated my copies to our local Library so that others could share in my enjoyment. It was well written and I finished the series in less than a week. I also learned a bit of history about the area which I feel makes the story and characters come alive. I would recommend this series to all my friends!
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I have a number of books of the early history and development of Victoria, this book puts you into a character of early Victoria life.
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