Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart

Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart
A book to get lost in with a good cup of tea...
the British answer to everything!

  Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart is billed as a kids' book. Yes and no. Yes, it is an exciting read for kids, but no you don't want to miss it just because you're an older teen or adult!

 Britfield sounded thrilling to me. I like juvenile fiction. It's usually clean (this is) and if it's good, has a great storyline that draws you through the book. This is an excellent book for young and old. C.S. Lewis said, "Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." He also said, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

 This is just such a book. Don't let the first few chapters scare you away. Yes, it does begin in a rather cliche way. A couple of children living in an orphanage where the conditions and treatment are deplorable and horrific. Mr. Stewart is setting the stage for a larger than life escape plan. The escape is just the beginning as the brilliant Detective Gowerstone begins the chase. Each character and setting is portrayed with attention to detail which illuminated my imagination with sounds and images.

  As the youngsters flee across the country, they find themselves in one precarious and dangerous situation after another. I wonder if they could even take a calm breath through the whole of the journey. They desperately need to avoid police, Detective Gowerstone, and someone else whom they don't even know is an enemy yet. 

  This book begs to be read, but I was glad to know that it is Book 1 of a series. Britfield & the Lost Crown can be read alone with a satisfying ending. However, like Paul Harvey, I want to know The Rest of the Story! Alas, it won't be released until Fall of 2020. You can bet I'll be watching for it!

  Who will enjoy this book? Anyone who enjoys adventure stories and mysteries. If a child is old enough to listen to a chapter book, they're old enough. This is a great book for homeschool families and for any kids interested in geography.  It's also a fast paced read for teens and adults who want a few hours of relaxing entertainment.
  Can you tell I liked this book?

  Read the publisher's description below, then enter at the link below for a chance to win a copy for yourself. If you don't win, you can get your own copy when it's released on August 15th.

Publisher's description:  Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.

Website:  www.britfield.com
Release Date: August 15, 2019 
Juvenile Fiction/Action & Adventure/General
US $16.99

I received this book at no cost from the publisher for review. 


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