Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Britfield & The Lost Crown By C.R. Stewart & Giveaway

Britfield & The Lost Crown
by C.R. Stewart
Publisher: Devonfield Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-7329612-1-0

I was able to receive a copy of Britfield & The Lost Crown thanks to FrontGate. This book is geared to children 9-12 years old. This book will be released August 15, 2019 so be ready to pick it up for your kids!


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.

My Review:

It's been a while since I've truly read a pre-teen novel, and Britfield & The Lost Crown was a fun adventure. I do want to point out that this isn't a Christian novel which I didn't realize initially. That being said, I was ready to give into the story.

Initially I wasn't a fan of the names of the villains. The author was a bit basic and in your face with the names. lol What I found interesting was how detailed and in-depth the rest of the book was. When the author talked about the places that the characters visited, the detail was incredible. You basically get a history lesson as you read the story. So the names of the villains surprised me. One of the only negatives was the mention of one of the non-essential characters lighting a cigarette.

One thing that I kept doing was forgetting that this story was set in modern times. When I think of the word "orphanage" my mind thinks back to the early part of the century or the previous ones. I don't typically think in the present. It took a while for me to adjust my thinking. Also, the look of the hot air balloon on the cover doesn't look like the modern balloons I've seen. Reminders of the present day came at one of the libraries where Tom needed helping searching on the computer for the word "Britfield".

I enjoyed the flow of the story and as I read, I tried to imagine what it would be like as a 12 yr old reading the book. Honestly, I think they'd be enthralled. The escape of Tom and Sarah, their adventure trying to hide from all of the bad people, riding in a runaway hot air balloon, etc would certain grab a child's attention and keep it to the very end.

I think young kids who like like adventure stories will love this series. The author's website looks like it's going to have some fun interactive opportunities. You can also check out some of the different spots Tom and Sarah visit throughout the story. It's a pretty amazing feature and a great way for kids to get a better visual idea of where the characters in the book visit. Overall this was an enjoyable book and one kids would enjoy.

About the Author:

Born in Newport Beach, California, C. R. Stewart has 20 years of experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and movie screenplays. He is a prolific writer, producer, creativity specialist, international consultant and prominent speaker.

Now you have the opportunity to win this book! Be sure to enter!! Winner selected on 7/1/2019.


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