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Arriving: 1909-1919 (Understanding Ursula) [Kindle Edition]

Corinne Jeffery , Faith Farthing
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Corinne Jeffery’s Canadian historical fiction trilogy, Understanding Ursula, vividly recreates the pioneer world of the Canadian prairies with a multitude of memorable characters. You’ll lose yourself between the pages as you watch them struggle to survive and flourish, always at the mercy of Mother Nature and the ever-changing seasons on the unfettered plains.

On July 1, 1909, the day after his eighteenth birthday, Gustav Werner takes the inaugural ride on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway between Melville and Regina, to apply for a homestead grant at the Dominion Lands Office. He is eager to become the most thriving homesteader in the townships of Neudorf and Lemberg, Saskatchewan, set aside for Gustav’s people, the German Lutherans, by Sir Clifford Sifton in Canada’s “Last Best West” land deal. What he doesn’t realize is that beyond becoming a man and a landowner, life as he knows it is about to crumble from his grasp. Family drama and conflict plague Gustav as he learns English—the language that sparks hatred in his staunchly traditional father, Christian—and discovers that his parents have arranged his marriage to sixteen-year-old Amelia Schweitzer.

“A rare, immediately immersive experience in literature.”
Scott Hayes, journalist, St. Albert Gazette

“we return to tales of arrival for good reason: reading about these risk-takers, making this country their own, is always moving. Corinne Jeffery is a very fine storyteller.”
Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal columnist, screenwriter, and award-winning, best-selling author of The Garneau Block and Toby: A Man

"Who would've thought I'd learn so much about humanity through a sweet little prairie fiction book? Fantastic first novel, Corinne. I can't wait to read what happens next to these colourful characters that have crept under my skin."
Steve Erwin, best-selling co-author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (#1 Amazon, #4 New York Times)

"I can readily see this on screen!"
Leon Logothetis, reality TV show producer and author, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

"Arriving is like a raw and racy Little House on the Prairie that throws the reader right back in time. Can't wait to read the sequel!"
Marla Martenson, author, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker

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Product Details

  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: Roadie Books Inc.; 1 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZI3EFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Corinne Jeffery's Understanding Ursula trilogy vividly recreates the pioneer world of the Canadian prairies with a multitude of memorable characters. You'll lose yourself between the pages as you watch them struggle to survive and flourish, always at the mercy of Mother Nature and the ever-changing seasons on the unfettered plains.

On July 1, 1909, the day after his eighteenth birthday, Gustav Werner takes the inaugural ride on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway between Melville and Regina, to apply for a homestead grant at the Dominion Lands Office. He is eager to become the most thriving homesteader in the townships of Neudorf and Lemberg, Saskatchewan, set aside for Gustav's people, the German Lutherans, by Sir Clifford Sifton in Canada's "Last Best West" land deal. What he doesn't realize is that beyond becoming a man and a landowner, life as he knows it is about to crumble from his grasp. Family drama and conflict plague Gustav as he learns English--the language that sparks hatred in his staunchly traditional father, Christian--and discovers that his parents have arranged his marriage to sixteen-year-old Amelia Schweitzer.

Arriving is the first of three novels recounting the trials and tribulations of German Lutheran immigrants to Canada in the early 1900's. And what a pleasant treat this book turned out to be! Part memoir, part family saga, it follows one family as they struggle to make a living upon isolated farmland in the formidable Canadian prairies.

Author Corinne Jeffrey did a spectacular job with her research. Details of farm and town life in a sparsely populated region of Saskatchewan in the early years of the 20th century were beautifully portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading. December 12, 2011
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This was truly an enjoyable story to read. The dialog among the characters is provocative, engaging and reflects accurately (recalling stories from my heritage) and richly the time period it represents in Western Canada. The story lines and the various characters involved develop in a natural and authentic way, with a nice balance of surprises and anticipation. Reading it quickly engages the reader and easily holds ones interest throughout. I warmly recommend this book as an enjoyable read - and look forward to the continuation of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it! June 30, 2014
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This series is a wonderful depiction of life of an immigrant family through generations, as they adjust and adapt from a former lifestyle in Germany to a new one in Canada. LOVE it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but lots of romance August 31, 2013
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Liked the story but some historical inaccuracies. Liked that it was about our history. I really got into the story.
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