Review: Britfield & the Lost Crown

It is no secret that I love reading books.  It is one of my absolute favorite things to do.  My husband and kids enjoy it as well.  We love finding new authors.  We love reading about the adventures that characters embark in.  It is this love of reading that had us so excited to review “Britfield & the Lost Crown” by C.R. Stewart.

About the Author

C.R. Stewart is the author of “Britfield & the Lost Crown”.  He has written a variety of genres such as non-fiction, and screenplays.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature and European History from Brown University.  He earned an MBA from Boston College; and is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Management and a PhD in Strategy at Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. He also did some post- graduate work at Harvard University.

About the Product

I received a soft-cover physical copy of “Britfield & the Lost Crown”.  There were 386 pages, where 383 pages were dedicated to the actual story told over seventeen chapters.  The print was larger than the standard print found it most books, making it a quicker read than I anticipated.

In addition to the book, there is also a Teacher’s Guide that is available.  It is 83 pages long and focuses on vocabulary and comprehension.  There are also questions that would be perfectly utilized as discussion questions for a reading class or small group.  There are also research activities that allow the students/users to use technology to complete.  

To view the Teacher’s Guide, click the image below. 

While I reviewed a soft-cover physical copy of the book, it is also available in other formats such as e-book, and audio.

Synopsis

A boy named Tom has been shuffled from orphanage to orphanage since he was two.  He has been given no real answers as to what happened to his parents.  When questioned, the “caretakers” simply change the subject or answer that they are dead.  Tom finds himself at Weatherly, perhaps one of the most cruel and vile orphanages of all.  Here, children are forced to spend most of their time working for no pay.  The boys construct chairs, and the girls make baskets. 

Their only ally in the building is Mr. Picketers, who sneaks the children extra food when he can, to compensate for the rations they are given.  The 56 orphans inside the orphanage have a brother and sisterhood unlike any other.  When Tom and Sarah, his very best friend, get in trouble, Tom realizes that he must leave.   However, to earn Tom’s trust and have him turn against those he loves, it is revealed to Tom that his parents are alive.

This new found information only drives Tom to want to escape more, so that he can find answers.  When the entire orphanage helps Tom and Sarah escape, they set out to find what the meaning behind the only clue that he has — Britfield.

Through various cities, and dangerous situations, Tom and Sarah encounter a variety of people.  Some friends, some foes.  They discover the secret of Britfield, and how it impacts Tom.  The secret leaves them in peril. 

What Did We Think?

I can’t even begin to describe the love I have for this book.  I read it in one day, and my kids quickly scooped it up after me.  There was enough adventure and excitement to keep me wanting to read, which made me stay up late to finish it.  I was so disappointed to see that I would have to wait to read the sequel to this adventure novel in the fall of 2020.  I cannot wait to see what adventures Tom and Sarah will embark on. 

I really enjoyed the historical components found in the book.  The descriptions used for such prominent locations such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle brought the store to life, and the English History that was included was fascinating.

Follow Up?

If you would like to learn more about “Britfield & the Lost Crown” you can connect through any of the following social media platforms.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBritfield/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritfieldWorld
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialbritfield/

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