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Two Loves Lost Paperback – March 2, 2013
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From the Author
This is my debut novel and after two more novels, still my favorite. From the outset, it steadily builds a character readers can learn to love and pull for through his trials and tribulations. Even his name, Delbert Pillage, works against him. Only his high school love, Sylvia Cairns, and those who realize his true abilities give him the support needed to press on and produce significant achievements. No matter how often I read the book, there are a number of passages that reduce me to teary eyes and a constricted chest. From feedback, it obviously moves readers the same way.
About the Author
Born in 1938 and raised in B.C., Canada, I obtained an engineering degree two years after the Avro Arrow cancellation decimated Canada's aviation industry. That led me to emigrate to the States and work 35 years for The Boeing Company, rising to Chief Engineer, Avionics and Flight Systems. After retirement, I first turned my creative juices to developing software for financial planners, in part to keep track of my modest nest egg. In 2009, I succumbed to a long-standing urge to write a novel which was first published under the title "Delbert Pillage" and now as "Two Loves Lost". Three novels have now been published. For more information, visit sandygraham.net and my blog from there.
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I couldn't put it down. I walked around the house saying I would just read 1 more chapter and then put it
down but I couldn't put it down. In fact one night I got up in the middle of the night to see what was going
to happen next and read 2 more chapters.
I'm not real big on love stories but I loved this book. I am a big Avro Arrow fan and its obvious the author
knows this subject well.
I really hope the author writes a follow up Novel on the Arrow that got away and I will be the first one to
purchase a copy and get an update on Delbert & Sylvia,
I rate this book with 2 thumbs UP.
Sandy this is the first time I have ever written a review on any book
-Don Watson (Author of one of the other Arrow Books)
Those are interesting details within an incredibly touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, story about a boy growing up and the loves of his life. What impresses me most about this story are the emotions it evokes. I felt such an attachment to the characters in this book, not just Delbert but his family, love, and mentors. I admit I was brought to tears more than once.
I do not often find books with characters I enjoy getting to know as much as I enjoyed Delbert Pillage. From the time the novel introduces him as a shy, harassed genius of a child - he touched my heart. I told the author that I had received the book but I would not be able to read it this month as I will be busy. But I made the mistake of reading the first chapter. I often read a chapter to decide if a book is worth keeping around, and then put the book aside for later. There was no setting it aside. Sandy Graham has a simple and direct voice. He often tells scenes of great trauma or emotion in a few short lines of print. But simple does not apply to the characters he creates. In simple language he introduces people of depth and complexity and reality.
Delbert Pillage is not only a bullied child, he is strong and brilliant and determined and caring. He does everything better and knows more than anyone else but he isn't simply a comic book hero with a superpower. He is vulnerable and insecure and wonderful. I can't think exactly why he reminds me of Forest Gump but there is a similar feeling.
The love of his life, the parents he must deal with, the mentor and the villain are less fully realized characters but provide believable interactions for the backdrop of this story that goes beyond love story into history and aviation and delight.
Highly reccomend this book. In fact I suspect I have to read the sequel. And I better not read the first chapter before I get to the essential jobs in my own life.