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The McBride Chronicles Series

PROVIDENCE, the first book in The McBride Chronicles Series, tells the sweeping story of two parallel lives – a feisty, orphaned girl in England and the son of a poor fisherman in Scotland – who both journey separately to the frontier of the New World in search of a better life. After many adventures along the way, they meet in Victoria on Vancouver Island in 1862, fall in love, marry and create a family dynasty with a backdrop of British Columbia’s incredible history over the next four generations.

Containing hardship, intrigue, deception, lies and, above all, a great love affair, PROVIDENCE is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all who relish historical fiction at its finest. Why not start the McBride story now with the first book in the series – PROVIDENCE – to be released soon by Hancock House Publishers.


Valerie Green made her name writing wonderfully engaging nonfiction stories about Victoria and environs, sharing tales told by built heritage (Dunmora: The Story of a Heritage Manor House on Vancouver Island; If These Walls Could Talk: Victoria’s Houses from the Past, I and II), and class in settler culture (Above Stairs: Social Life in Upper-Class Victoria, 1843–1918), as well as most evocative memoir (Embrace the Journey: A Care Giver’s Story).

Green has now turned her capacious storytelling skills to fiction with Providence, the first volume of The McBride Chronicles (we can anticipate two more, according to Green).
Providence kicks off its dynastic-tale-to-be with the backstories, in alternating chapters, of its main characters: the British orphan (Jane) and the son of a Scottish fisher family (Gideon). The pair traverse the worlds of life in service (Jane) and life at sea and in business (Gideon), enduring travails and enjoying adventures en route to meeting in Victoria BC, falling in love, and creating a family in the 1860s. Their trials and triumphs together continue and, as BC joins Canada’s Confederation in 1871, fallout from a tragedy threatens to undo them and all they’ve created together. Truth helps them endure, create something bigger than themselves, and add another storied layer to the McBride tale, doubtless to be unveiled as the saga continues in Volume II.

Fans of Green’s detailed non-fiction will find similar strengths in this story, offering vivid particulars of life in a particular time and place (Victorian-era Victoria) that allow readers to readily imagine and inhabit the world of Providence. While there is some resolution of events at the end of Book One, enough seeds are sown to create anticipation for the tale’s continuation… in Book Two! Green knows well how to leave readers wanting more.
— Moira Dunn, author of Craigdarroch Castle in 21 Treasures.

“I instantly liked Green’s character of Jane. I particularly enjoyed her curiosity and the fact that you can feel her liveliness. Jane had my empathy from the get-go. I also really liked the hooks at the end of each section or chapter. They are well done and always made me want to keep reading.”  
— Judi Lees, author of “Lester’s Gifts“.

“This book could well become a televised series! I feel it would easily lend itself well to that.
— Theresa Laviolette, freelance editor.

Visit Vanessa Winn’s review of Providence, Settlers at the Edge of Empire on The British Columbia Review.

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Valerie Green

A Wordsmith at Work

Valerie is a Canadian author living in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Born and educated in England with a background in journalism, history, and English literature, Valerie moved to Canada in 1968, married, and raised a family while continuing an active career as a published author of over 20 nonfiction books. In addition, Valerie freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers.

“I feel devoutly thankful to have been born fond of writing.”
—Winston Churchill

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On this day in history... January 28, 1986 – US Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after liftoff, killing the seven space crew members, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.

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On this day in history... January 24, 1935 – Beer was first sold in cans. Beer Can Appreciation Day!🍻Cheers!

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On this day in history... January 22, 1901 – Death of Queen Victoria who had given her name in 1845 to a small western fort which later became the city of Victoria and the capital of British Columbia.

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One year ago today, Michael's story was the number one podcast in the country. I'm still chipping away on Michael's case and hope to update. Thank you to everyone who contributed to 'Missing Michael', especially Michael's family. 🙏 Laura

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One of the leading historians

In the 1990s, Valerie Green emerged as one of the leading historians of Victoria.

ABC Books BookWorld

A very capable job

Local author Valerie Green has written this very important little book (Vanished) for all the right reasons: to draw attention to a worthy cause and keep alive the memory of a precious life lost all these years ago . . . .  Green does a very capable job of recapturing that awful moment back in March, 1991.

Ian Gordon Malcomson

A born storyteller

Author Valerie Green is a born storyteller; I read this book (Vanished) from start to finish in one sitting. She compassionately relates the story that broke the hearts of both a family and a nation- the abduction of Michael Dunahee. The reader can’t help but share the unwavering belief that Michael will indeed come home

Kate Lines, Retired Chief Superintendent

Ontario Provincial Police. Criminal Profiler

Victoria’s most prolific author

Valerie Green might be Victoria’s most prolific author and historian and has no plans of slowing down.

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Lives and breathes culture and history

Valerie Green lives and breathes culture and history.

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