Providence

Book One in The McBride Chronicles Trilogy

Coming Soon

Spring 2022

PROVIDENCE, the first book in The McBride Chronicles Trilogy, 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 trilogy – PROVIDENCE – to be released soon by Hancock House Publishers.

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

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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.
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— 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.

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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.”
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Enjoy Val's latest post - The History of Weddings... Babylon marriage markets? https://www.valeriegreenauthor.com/the-history-of-weddings/
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We have another new exciting addition to our website - Val's Literary Polls (all in the spirit of light-hearted fun, of course)!

Head over to https://www.valeriegreenauthor.com/ and look for this month's Poll in the right hand column on the home page (or just below the reviews for Providence on a mobile device).

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On this day in history... June 8th 1867 – American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born. He was considered the most influential architect of his time. He once wrote: “No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other.”

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Welcome to Mysterious Mondays!

Every fortnight or so, we will share a tale of mystery, murder or paranormal mayhem from Val’s book "Mysterious British Columbia" (https://www.valeriegreenauthor.com/mysterious-british-columbia/)

Today’s mystery…
Who Was the Real Ten Mile Point Murderer?

Early in November 1898, the VictoriaTimes-Colonist newspaper reported on a murder that shocked the area of Ten Mile Point in BC’s capital city. The article stated that a young man had been brutally slain as he slept in his wilderness cabin that overlooked the Haro Strait east of Victoria. The man’s body had apparently been there for approximately 12 days before it was discovered. Even worse was that the young man’s cabin mate, an old family friend named Billy Hammond, had completely disappeared and was suspected of the deadly deed.The killing was graphically described as one of the most horrific homicides the province had ever seen, and the newspaper stated that although there were no apparent witnesses to the crime, the interior of the cabin “screamed murder!”

The victim was identified as 26-year-old Henry Smith. The cabin in which his mutilated body had been found was owned by his father but rented to their friend, Billy Hammond. Henry’s father felt convinced that Hammond had killed his son. He knew that Hammond held an old grudge against him concerning a long-overdue debt and, despite Hammond’s friendship with the victim, Smith firmly believed that Hammond had committed this atrocity as payback.

Was Billy Hammond the murderer?
The murder investigation continued for months and then took a rather surprising turn. Quite unexpectedly, another body was discovered near the railway tracks in Esquimalt on the outskirts of Victoria. Upon identification, the body proved to be that of Billy Hammond himself.

Ready to don your deerstalker and solve this mystery? More clues are found in "Mysterious British Columbia" by Valerie Green ( https://www.valeriegreenauthor.com/mysterious-british-columbia/)

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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

Amazonbooks.ca

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.

Travis Patterson

Saanich News

Lives and breathes culture and history

Valerie Green lives and breathes culture and history.

Ivan Watson

Saanich News reporter