Legacy: The McBride Chronicles - Book Three
Legacy: The McBride Chronicles - Book Three
Legacy: The McBride Chronicles - Book Three

Legacy: The McBride Chronicles - Book Three


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By: Valerie Green
ISBN: 978-0-88839-766-9 [Trade Paperback]
ISBN: 978-0-88839-767-6 [eBook] Amazon Kindle Version
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 5.5" X 8.5"
Pages: 234
Publication Date: 15 September 2023


Legacy, Book Three in The McBride Chronicles series, is the story of Sarah McBride’s two sons, Stephen and Caleb.

Stephen’s story tells of his love for Letty Caldwell and their heart-breaking experiences during WW1 and the effect this all has on the family back in Victoria. Their story also includes the spread of the Spanish Flu around the world after the war.

Sarh’s own life continues as she travels aboard the ill-fated SS Princess Sophia from Alaska to Vancouver in 1918.

Her younger son, Caleb (Cal) is passionate about flying and his life story encompasses the birth of aeronautics in British Columbia, including both barnstorming and bush flying. His WWII experiences take him to England where he earns a distinguished merit award as a bomber pilot. In England he meets Maggie Graham and fate once more plays an ironic part.

Upon the death of Providence’s matriarch in Victoria in 1945, will the future of the McBride dynasty survive and the legacy continue?


Author Biography

Valerie Green was born in England and studied journalism, English literature and history at the Regent Institute of Journalism in London. Before immigrating to Canada in 1968, Valerie's employment included a short stint at the War Office for MI5, as well as legal secretarial work and freelance writing. Her writing career is extensive and includes writing a weekly history column for the Saanich News for nineteen years, a monthly column for the Seaside Times in Sidney, BC, numerous articles for the Victoria Times Colonist, as well as authoring and editing over 20 books on local and regional history, mysteries and social issues. Valerie Green Providence

Now semi-retired, Valerie continues to freelance for a number of newspapers and magazines. In addition, she has served on the board of the Saanich Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee, the Saanich Heritage Foundation and volunteered with the Luther Court Society. She is a member of the Professional Writers of Canada (PWAC), the Federation of BC Writers, the Writers' Union of Canada, and the Hallmark Society of Victoria. She lives with her husband in Saanich and is the proud grandmother of two young boys.

Visit her website at www.valeriegreenauthor.com


Book Reviews

 “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.


 “Historian Valerie Green’s debut novel, Providence, is the first of a family saga series. The engaging story is told from the perspective of two protagonists, settlers who make the arduous journey to North America in search of better lives than the ones they left behind. Vividly created characters, they both emerge from impoverished backgrounds, but their different motivations take them on separate paths to a shared destiny. Part One, the first half of the novel, portrays the perilous experiences that compel them to leave mid-19th-century Britain. Green has given a distinct voice to the many settlers escaping poverty in their homeland, most of whom left behind few firsthand accounts. With their troubled backgrounds, the central characters are sympathetic to the plight of others, including Indigenous Peoples. On their journey they gather a diverse supporting cast, including a San Francisco brothel madam from Paris with a soft heart under her heavily painted exterior, and a Black American crew member who becomes one of McBride’s closest friends. I particularly appreciate the author’s faithfulness to historical details, which gives the novel an authentic grounding. Providence is a far-reaching story that captures the spirit of hope and desperation propelling settlers to the edge of the British Empire."

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 Vanessa Winn, author of Trappings and The Chief Factor's Daughter.


“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.




The McBride Chronicles by Valerie Green

Destiny: The McBride Chronicles       Providence: The McBride Chronicles

Customer Reviews

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Legacy delivers substance and thrills!

The third volume of The McBride Chronicles builds on the strong family foundation laid by Jane and Gideon and fascinatingly captures the economic and social changes overtaking Victoria and British Columbia. An unthinkable disaster close to home and the tragic effects of the two world wars change the family’s dynamics in unexpected ways. I think this is my favourite book of the series so far - could relate to my own family history. Excellent, realistic and exciting descriptions of many historic events made for such great reading. I am excited to see what ‘Tomorrow’ brings!