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Winter of Peril: The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge is the twelfth book in the historical fiction series, Dear Canada. It was written by Jan Andrews and is her sole entry in the series. The book was published in February 2005 and was followed by Turned Away by Carol Matas.


"For Karleen, whose faith in my work has offered strength and courage, and who is a friend for all times.
Many thanks to Jane Green and Hilda Chaulk Murray for providing me with accommodation while I was in Newfoundland for research purposes. Gratitude in abundance to Sandy Bogart Johnston for her skilled and thoughtful editing, and for her love of the task. Also to Diane Kerner for those final comments which make a world of difference.

Book description[]

"Friday, April 28, 1721
We have LAND! Land to our left (which Captain Jones has told me over and over I must call "to port"). What does it matter what I call it? I can see it. We are in a channel that is open. Ice is to our right still but LAND IS TO OUR LEFT.
Sunday, April 30, 1721
We are in a cove. Captain Jones has declared it "more than suitable." The men are fitting out several of the fishing boats so that they may row unto the land. I do not want to go. There are too many trees and it is dark beneath them.
All of a sudden I am like Mama. Mama says she would not "willingly set foot within this dreadful place, for all the riches in the world."
Reverend Jacobs's service today was one of thanksgiving. I did not know how to be thankful. I am too afraid.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Winter of Peril characters


Main article: Jan Andrews



  • Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice (2006) - commended[3]
  • Red Cedar Award, BC Young Readers' Choice (2008) - short-listed[3]


"Thanks to Barbara Hehner for her careful checking of the manuscript, and to Dr. Shannon Ryan of Memorial University, Newfoundland, for generously sharing his expertise."



See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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