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

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Victoria Chronicles Series

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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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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,532,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Overall on October 29, 2015
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I downloaded this book after vacationing in Victoria and meeting the author at an outdoor market. I really wanted to like it but it seems to drag on-and-on and the accomplishments/experiences of the protagonist seem very far-fetched at times. She is best at everything she attempts, amazes everyone she meets, etc. In addition, the plot seems to jump from scene to scene and would be more enjoyable if more fully developed. I realize this was written from a historical perspective, and that connecting all the dots may have been challenging, but the plot seems very jumpy. While it is fun to read about places, streets, etc. that we just visited I am having a really hard time finishing this book. I am one that will finish almost any book I start because once I have time invested I just like saying I read it all the way through; however, I stated this book in August and my Kindle indicates that I've still only read 42%. I will say the author was a delight to meet! He was truly passionate about local history and a wealth of knowledge and stories. I'd much rather chit-chat with him over a cup of coffee, or listen to him speak in a public venue, than read this book as I think his real strength in making stories come alive is in-person.
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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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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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