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  Really liked this book!  

By Liz    December 28, 2020

Really liked this book! This was a nicely paced story of the maturing of a quiet bullied Canadian boy into a kind, loyal and accomplished young man. I really didn't understand much of the word translation technology or the aviation information but it really didn't matter. What was conveyed was the genius and the passion that he had. Delbert was such a sympathetic character that I was devastated by his injury. All characters around him (but especially Sylvia and Bentwing) are engaging characters as well. It's an uplifting book that left me wanting to read more of his story.

 A good read! 

By S. Stone    August 9, 2020

First of all, I would like to thank Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to win, enjoy and review this book. The reason I gave it a 3 rather than a 4 was all of the technical and scientific information included. I had trouble understanding the physics and the logistics. The story of a couple, seemingly in love forever, until life separates them. Delbert has a brilliant mind, breezes through college and the pilot training for the Air Force, and goes on to ...remainder outlines the story plot and is removed as a spoiler alert.

 Excellent Work 

By Csimplot Simplot    May 20, 2020

Excellent work!!!

 Five stars 

By Mary    May 1, 2020

Enjoyed the storyline and read

 Good story with excellent research 

By John    October 2, 2017

I worked with the author years ago and know his engineering expertise first hand. This knowledge is a very important part of the book. He has developed really likeable characters and combined a love story with a credible engineering project that Delbert worked at UBC followed by his flight training and test pilot experience on the Arrow. Having had a career in aerospace both as a pilot and engineer, I really enjoyed the book and also recommend the second book in the series which has also has a great message.

 Great Book 

By ER    September 3, 2017

Very heart warming story. Keeps you engaged till the end! Would recommend it highly for a good read. Hope you enjoy

 Couldn't stop reading! 

By Van Karin    April 4, 2016

That was a great and well written (love / growing up) story in itself, but I liked especially the Salt Spring Island connection, since I used to live there once for a year. The description of the place (and of BC / Canada in general) in the 50ies brought back lots of memories, despite things happening in a different time.

 I really enjoyed this book!! 

By Leah Ewald    August 24, 2014

I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the characters they were easy to like!! I rooted for them through the whole thing! There were a couple parts in the book that got complicated because I don't know much about science or planes but the story was great!

 Grabbed at my heart immediately 

By Chris    July 8, 2014

I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. First of all, the two main charachters in the story grabbed at my heart immediately. As one after another obstacle came in their way, I felt both would be robbed of their forever love and happiness. But it goes to show you, true love conquers all. Sandy Graham did a fantastic job of hooking you into the storyline. I highly recommend reading this book. And be prepared to drop everything you're doing as once you start this book, you'll not want to put it down.

 From Heart To Heart 

By Pandorasecho    July 7, 2014

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.

 After I got into it I couldn't put it down 

By Don Watson    June 11, 2013

When I first started this book I thought Oh No I'm Not going to like this book, but after I got into it 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)

 A worthy read; could not put it down 

By Peter Morton   April 22, 2012

This is a novel of improbabilities; but it hangs together so well that you have to keep turning the pages. I put off reading it till I was on a business trip, and it cut severely into my sleep time. The development of the Delbert character from a misunderstood child into an almost superhuman genius takes place so gradually that the reader forms a strong attachment of sympathy and affection with the character. The love interest is played out with sensitivity and innocence, touched with tragedy. If the reader has any connection with technology, be that electronic, computing, or aeronautical, it will send you to Google to validate Delbert's amazing accomplishments in an era where the underlying science was just emerging in each of those fields. Perhaps the best aspect of the book is how it illustrates the value of love, empathy, and support in every person's development: if negative, or if positive; how it magnifies the potential of every life. Buy the book, you won't be sorry.

 Two Loves Lost rivets with a great deal of mixed emotions 

By Norman Goldman "Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures"   May 18, 2013

From the very first sentence and over the course of 300 pages, Sandy Graham's debut novel Two Loves Lost rivets with a great deal of mixed emotions.

As a scrawny youngster, Delbert Pillage was the target and victim of bullying from some of his classmates who would ridicule his physical appearance notably his ears, forehead and his torn clothes. Delbert was very shy, frail and poor and thus he became an easy target for incessant taunts. Unbeknownst to his parents, teachers and the other school kids, Delbert was in fact extremely talented. His teachers misjudged his ability, as he would only show enough to scrape through each year and they would constantly complain about his lethargic attitude in class. Little did they realize that Delbert's behavior was only a cover up to avoid further humiliation at the hands of the school's bullies.

Fortunately for Delbert, one of his talented teachers did recognize his superior intellect and was the catalyst in setting in motion a series of events that eventually would lead to far reaching ramifications concerning his life. However, although Delbert agreed to pursue the path carved out for him, he did so with a great deal of trepidation, as it meant being away for extended periods of time from his sweetheart Sylvia, whom he had known since the age of six and whom he had promised to marry. To give away or even provide any hint as to what became of their relationship would certainly be a betrayal.

Apart from bringing to the table a smorgasbord of themes as bullying, unrecognized gifted children, teenage love, and the tragic consequences of rape, Graham cleverly interweaves a backstory concerning Canada's finest aviation achievement, the production of the delta wing Avro Canada CF-105. It was at the height of the Cold War during the 1950s that the Soviets had introduced new long range bombers that had the ability to fly over the North Pole to attack North America. This was extremely serious for fear of a surprise nuclear attack. In 1953 Canada stepped forward to manufacture a delta-winged interceptor aircraft that was designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited in Malton, Ontario. The aircraft was to serve as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) primary interceptor in the 1960s. Unfortunately, not long after the 1958 commencement of its flight test program, the development of the Arrow was abruptly and controversially halted and this led to a very long and bitter political debate. It also led to a serious brain drain that deeply affected the aviation and electronics industry in Canada.

Graham writes in a spare compact style sketching the life of a young teenager growing up, gaining confidence and coming to terms with his brilliance-something not to be ashamed of or hidden. Both adults and young adults will enjoy the suspense and unexpected twists and turns of the storyline, however, this is not to say that the novel is without its defects. For example, I would have liked to have seen more development of conflict particularly in the relationship between Delbert and Sylvia. In addition, Graham, influenced by his vast amount of experience in the Canadian and American aviation industry, has fallen prey to what the French term, "deformation professionnelle," or the over usage of technical terms and descriptions, and as a result, very little is really added to the development of the characters or the plot. Nonetheless, Graham still manages to weave a gripping yarn and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

From Readers

Elizabeth Anderson
Thanks so much for a copy of your first book!  I loved it.  In fact, I read half the day it arrived and finished it the next day -- with tears in my eyes.  It's a great read. 

Coreen Fowler
This book is amazing!

Al Dewar
Wow, what a great book! You had me intrigued and turning pages, all day and into the night, until it was finished. I must admit, when Delbert . . . . , I  experienced a sentimental side of me that I don't usually see.

Laura Graham
This is a great read. From the start, I was drawn into Delbert's world. It is a real treat to grow up with him, experiencing life in a small island community and as someone with such a brilliant mind. There are so many aspects of this book to enjoy...learning about the history of Canadian aviation and the Avro Arrow, insight into engineering and the advancement of technology, what it is like to be a pilot!

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.

Confession: I have refrained from including one derogatory review because the reviewer of a giveaway copy expected a traditional escapist romance novel and was as a result dissapointed.