MOBI Jan Andrews Ó Winter of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge Ó

Sophie’s father is determined to travel to the New World and write an epic poem about his adventure against Sophie and her mother’s wishes After their long voyage they arrive to a “new world indeed Will they be able to survive the winter in this harsh country?


10 thoughts on “Winter of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge Dear Canada

  1. says:

    Although I generally do very much love the Dear Canada series as a whole and still do very much consider Jan Andrews' Winter Of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge an adequate and informative enough offering I nevertheless also cannot really say that I find either the author's presented writing style or the storyline of Winter Of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge itself all that spectacular and as such also all that enjoyable a reading experience For while Sophie Loveridge like most of the featured fictional series diarists is and remains a charming lovable narrator and astute observer and so much personable and tolerable than her extremely self centred and massively annoying often foolishly arrogant parents the manner in which author Jan Andrews has chosen to present Sophie's diary entries with its constant exaggerated emotionality and an over abundance of all capitals tends to feel both draggingly tedious and distracting to the point of even making my attention and my interest sometimes stray right out of the narrative right out of the plot line so to speakAnd further even with the storyline and its general thematics there are at least to and for me certain parts and components that just do not make all that much common sense from a historical sociological and thus also from a realistic point of consideration Because since Sophie Loveridge and her parents are clearly depicted by Jan Andrews as being members of the British aristocracy of the landed gentry and considering that Winter Of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge is set in the 18th century I very much do doubt that Sophie would have realistically speaking made such fast and such close friends with either the ship's crew members or with the Irish immigrant fisherman families aboard both on the ship and then off the ship in what would later be considered the Canadian province of Newfoundland And further that Sophie actually ends up marrying the grandson of ship hand Old Lige is even difficult to fully and realistically fathom and believe as albeit that their love story is definitely sweet and positively tenderly presented for the period of time it actually reads and feels rather overly fantastical since Thomas' and Sophie's vastly different social statuses would have been almost insurmountable in 1721 when Winter Of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge is set Now considering the salient fact that the Dear Canada series has always seemed to strive for all intents and purposes to be as realistic and as historically accurate as possible especially the love story between Thomas and Sophie feels in my humble opinion rather the opposite of historical reality and this does make at least to and for me Winter Of Peril The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge while still somewhat engaging and interesting as a reading experience definitely also one of the weaker fictional diaries of the Dear Canada series I have so far perused still partially to be recommended but really only with some definite and major reservations and caveats


  2. says:

    I started reading this series so I could learn about Canadian history and also because I loved the Dear America series so much as a kid This one wasn't one of theMost exciting books of the series but the historical note is worth reading The diary is tedious and I constantly found myself annoyed with the narrator and her parents Not one of my favorites I almost gave up on it but not the worst


  3. says:

    It is 1721 Twelve year old Sophie Loveridge's father has always been a dreamer Due to his refusal to be practical the family has never had much money and so they have lived at the home of Sophie's wealthy uncle who is a merchant involved in the fish trade Every summer ships he owns are sent to New Found Land in the New World where there is abundant fishing Sophie's father decides if he can go on an adventure he can write a book and become famous like the author of Robinson Crusoe But his dream changes Sophie's life when her father decides his wife and daughter must come along on his New World adventure He decides they will travel on one of the fishing ships and when fall comes and the ship returns to England they will stay behind and spend the winter in the wilderness Sophie doesn't want to leave England She hates life on the ship and when they arrive in New Found Land she is frightened by such a lonely and desolate place She becomes happier during the summer as she makes a few friends the wives of two of the fishermen an old fisherman who keeps an eye out for Sophie and the old man's grandson But when winter comes and almost everyone leaves Sophie is unperepared for how cold and hungry and lonely the winter will be This book wasn't really one of my favorite Dear Canada books I still enjoyed it somewhat but I found it slow moving at times and not as interesting as some of the other books The character was likable but her family was rather strange and hard to relate to I would recommend it to readers who are interested in this time period or who want to read all the Dear Canada books but if you are new to the series I would suggest starting with one of the others my favorites are The Death of My Country Banished From Our Home and With Nothing But Our Courage


  4. says:

    An enjoyable read by an author I'm familiar with as a picture book author so was surprised to see her name on this book A quick read that kept me interested and about a time period that isn't really written about much when the fishermen came to Newfoundland during the late 17th century before and just as settlement in the area was starting to catch on The story does take quite some suspension of belief though and I found the characters irritating The parents have ventured into this New Found Land completely clueless and it is their pampered 12yo daughter who quickly learns the way of the world and takes on wanting to be USEFUL and learn how to take care of herself and others The book heavily concentrates on life for the itinerant fishermen who traveled to Newfoundland from EnglandIreland each summer to return home with their booty before the winter's ice set in Great descriptions of the entire process they used for fishing from the preparation to actual fishing to preserving the fish for the long voyage home Topics briefly mentioned are the discrimination against Catholics in this highly Protestant British time period and the introduction of the Beothuk Indians I was disappointed at the brief mention of the Beothuks and also though the hardship of winter was mentioned it hardly scratched the surface of the reality of an Eastern winter Not one of the best Dear Canada books but most certainly readable and the journal format always makes these books interesting and fast reads As usual with these books I especially enjoy the back matter which includes a section on what happens to the characters afterwards an historical essay on the topics covered in the book and pictures of archival items from the actual period


  5. says:

    I thought it might be fun to read some of the Dear Canada series since I don't know too much about Canadian history I find stories of settlers venturing into an untamed wilderness really fascinating so this was a good fit Really interesting


  6. says:

    As someone who lives in Canada and endured winter every year I appreciated the authors anticipation and depiction of winter When winter is almost passed and Sophie is so hungry she eats handfuls of seaweed I understood their hunger I didn’t mind the authors use of caps as I imagine that’s how a teen would write anyways I loved the hardworking caretaker that stayed with them over the winter but passed away I forget his name This book also made me realize all the logistics that made settling in Canada extremely difficult


  7. says:

    In the early eighteenth century there is a fish craze Here twelve year old Sophie Loveridge lives with her parents Her father has a dream of becoming a famous poet like the story of Robinson Crusoe They set off to the largely uninhabited Newfoundland the place where the waters are teaming with fish They are soon off at sea where they meet the ships men and new skills Even though Sophie still can't undress herself When they arrive in Newfoundland however Sophie opens up to a new world one where she wants to explore and help out with the fishery She makes friends too Katherine and Peg two Irish women who are settling for the winter Old Lige an elderly fishermen and Thomas who is a boy around Sophie's age who is a fisher boy Unfortunately several men are killed at work and for many days the fish don't come for a long time After a very long time the fish come and they have a successful fishing season But what will happen after the boat goes back to England?Rumors of a harsh winter are circling around and soon it hits After their servant Old Lige dies how will the Loveridge family and their Irish friends survive the cruel winter?Why do people hate on this book? It's fantastic I wish I had my own copy Die Hard fans of the Dear Canada series like me will be bound to love this book I admit it was a little bit boring at the beginning it soon drew me in I'm happy to say that Sophie IS likeable at the end I hope you enjoy this book as much as I didPS I tried to keep my review shorter this time because I always give spoilers


  8. says:

    Honestly I CANNOT BELIEVE this book only has a 363 ratingIt is one of my favorite Dear Canada books The overall of the book is well written and the characters are intensely well developed I read this book once as a pre teen and once as a young adult because I loved it so much And I still found I felt the same about this book well written and well developed This book is a beautiful and clear historical fiction I feel it's a little intense for the younger audience that it is meant to be directed to Nevertheless beautiful And I wouldn't prevent my own children fro reading it for these reasons However I do think some parents may want toI found the message of this book adorable While Sophie's parents were alive unlike most Dear Canada novels they seemed to me like they neglected her She grew into a relivable independent intelligent hard working and resourceful young woman While I wouldn't treat my child like Sophie's parents I couldn't help but feel elated at the end of the book for the difference between the Sophie we met at the beginning of the book and the Sophie that grew at the end


  9. says:

    The book's beginning was a SNORE But as I got into it it became interesting and I HAD to continue This is a young girl's diary from the 18th century She used to live a life with her rich uncle but her father wanted to make money of his own for his familySo Sophie's adventure begins She rides on a ship facing icebergs storms and hurricanes When her family makes it they don't have much to go on with and to make matters worse Old Lige her protector died Everyday she and her two friends work for a living one who had a child and face the coldness and dangerous bug bites waiting for the ship's return for supplies She also had some good times with dancing and witnessing the Red Indians Will Sophie stay in her new icy cold home? Or go back to her home country of England?


  10. says:

    This was the very first Dear Canada book I ever read years and years ago yet I still remember so much Those are the books that are really important to us and really well written if we can remember them after years of not reading them This is on of those books I think this series if geared towards younger children but in some ways it`s not them that should be reading them For one sometimes history can be a it too intensemake people grow up too fast and secondly it`s the teens who really need to be learning about our history and appreciating where we are now Dear Canada`s are short enough yet full of information and great plot lines that keep interests up for all ages Even if you`re a well read person and enjoy larger books maybe even scoff small booksyou will enjoy Dear Canada'sIt is a wonderful book in a wonderful series and I would recommend it to anyone