on Sep. 7, 2011 :
I too have read this series and all the others by J. Robert Whittle and his wife, Joyce Sandilands. I absolutely love them. My husband, an avid Clancy and Cussler fan, has also read and enjoyed them immensely. I have bought many copies for friends and family members.
Nancy's "perfect life" only becomes that because she makes it that way. Nancy starts life with no mother and a father who takes her from her home with her Aunt and Uncle and brings her to a foreign land only to leave her orphaned when he is killed in the mines. She endures the hardship of orphanage life for many years before endearing herself to everyone she meets.
Journeying through the accurate history of the streets of Victoria from 1900, she becomes a favourite of everyone she meets, enduring the hardships of War with her friends and neighbours and finding ways to put joy into the lives of others.
Robert's style absorbs you into the story as if you are really there and makes it so very hard to put the book down. The kind of story that leaves you dreaming - I wish I were Nancy!!!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
I've read the complete Victoria Series at least twice and the other books of Robert's at least once. I loved them so much that I've bought them for others. I would share these books with others for the shear enjoyment of reading that it brings. These books have a quality that is rare to find, the reading makes you feel that you are part of the story. These books have value not just in the monetary sense but in the knowledge and the story telling that all can enjoy, even children as young as ten. There is a reason for all the Awards that these books have brought. There has been a lot of research put into putting these books together. It makes history interesting ... " AND WORTH THE READ"
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)
on May 31, 2011 :
Started off really well, but the main problem I had was with the Lead Character Nancy.
She is near perfect, always does good by people and always gets her reward for doing so. She starts work and impresses by her constant hard work, gets promoted and is always first in the restaurant she works in and always the fastest at doing all her tasks, she is the best waitress that they have ever had. She is asked to keep her ear open for a couple of crooks that a private detective has asked her about, yes, she is instrumental in getting them brought to justice in record time. She lends her hand towards selling whaling oil and other commodities that her 'adopted' family
deals in and yes, she is a wonder at that as well. On going to church it is revealed that she has an amazing singing voice. The list of her accomplishments goes on and on and on. Once she has left the orphanage everything goes wonderfully for her, it's simply not true to life, a good idea ruined by a saccharin sweet female lead
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)