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Review of Britfield & the Lost Crown

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We have been reading and loving an adventure novel called Britfield & the Lost Crown and the escapades of Tom and Sarah.  Having already read a physical copy of the book myself, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review the audio version of this book.  I have to say it did not disappoint. Full of English history, this adventure novel was worth both reading to as well as to hear being read aloud.

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C. R. Stewart, the author, has 20 years of experience in writing everything from fiction to non-fiction, and even movie screenplays.  Our family feels he has done an excellent job of creating a picture with his words in this Young Adult novel.

As a parent, I appreciate having the options of a paperback book, an e-book as well as an Audible audiobook.  Because we already had a physical copy of this book, I was excited to see the audiobook being offered for review.

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I was already familiar with the story and spoke about some points with my family.  However, the added dimension of listening to an audiobook as a family increased my enjoyment.  As we began listening to the story which is set in England, I was thrilled that the narrator, Ian Russell, spoke an accent.  I feel he did an excellent job, and his voice fit the storyline so perfectly.  

As an orphan, Tom endures much hardship at Weatherly Orphanage and at the hands of the individuals in charge, Mr. and Mrs. Grievous, the seedy caretaker Mr. Speckle, and even the legendary watchdog Wind all create a miserable existence for the children who are essentially being held hostage in the orphanage.

When Tom discovers his parents may be alive, he endeavors to make plans to escape the orphanage.  Sarah, one of his friends from the orphanage, winds up having to escape with Tom.  The relationships throughout the story came across well to our family.  We enjoyed listening to the adventures and escapades of Tom and Sarah as they made their way to London.

As Tom and Sarah move from one place to another and from people and situations to new circumstances, our family was enthralled by this book.  The danger, adventure, and mystery are portrayed well.

One of our family’s favorite parts of this story is when Tom and Sarah take to the sky in a hot air balloon.  It emphasized the importance of the hot air balloon the cover of the book.  Full of danger, adventure, and mystery, the story kept our attention. While I personally have no desire to go up in a hot air balloon, I can picture my children being open to such an adventure.

Detective Gowerstone provides an interesting foil for Tom and Sarah, but things are not always as they appear to be.  So our family also appreciated how the storyline developed through imagery and details that assisted our imaginations.  Throughout the story, we found things and people we thought were one way to actually be a different way.  We appreciated these twists.

There is an 83-page pdf study guide that goes with this book. It can be found on the Resources page here, along with printable quotes, creative ideas, and more.  The study guide is designed to be used over eight weeks (or longer) taking students through the book chapter by chapter.  It includes activities involving vocabulary, comprehension activities, and other activities such as crossword puzzles and word searches.  I definitely feel this guide would be an excellent addition for homeschooling families to assist with family involvement and ensuring your children are retaining what they are reading or hearing.

 

You can find  Britfield & The Lost Crown on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Our only complaint about this story is the same one I had when I initially read the book.  We were disappointed it ended and the next novel in the series is not supposed to be released until sometime in 2020.  We are anxious to find out how the story continues.

So if you want to read or listen to an adventure book with English history, check out this book for yourself.

If you want to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew about Britfield & the Lost Crown and the escapades of Tom and Sarah, click here or on the graphic below.
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Review and Giveaway for Adventures in Poverty

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About the Book

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Book: Adventures in Poverty

Author: Nancy Bolton

Genre: Memoir

Release Date: July 30, 2019

Faced with eviction, living on union strike pay, our time for making a decision was running out. Where could we go to live with our five small sons? We had few options. The scariest possibility was also the one that fit best with our tiny income. But could we really make such a difficult move? To transport our family, and our mobile home onto a five-acre parcel of rural, undeveloped land? No electricity, no running water, with winter fast approaching. It sounded a little crazy…….

 

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Having three sons of our own who are quite adventurous, I was interested in reading this book.  Having few options available and wondering where we are going to live has been a concern several times in our married life.  I have to say, I also found the idea of reading about how they were going to manage to live on five acres with no electricity and running water intrigued me.

The adventures the boys got into at the mini-golf course reminded me of several adventures we had with our own children.  Of course, we also have a daughter who is the youngest and who believes anything her brothers can do, she can do better.  I found the book interesting to read and extremely comical at times (since I could imagine our own sons doing some of the things their boys were doing).  The book is very well-written and kept me captivated.

So if you want to read a book full of excitement and adventure, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

 

About the Author

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Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife, mother, grandmother, jewelry maker, crochet crafter, and of course: a writer! She lives in upstate New York in a lovely scenic region known as The Fingerlakes. Widowed last year, she is comforted by her five sons, two grandchildren and a marvelous array of family and other loved ones. She loves the creative process, and puts her whole focus into the stories she writes. May you be entertained and uplifted by them!

 

More from Nancy

Sometimes life hands out an unexpected challenge, and the direction you mapped out for your family comes up against a big roadblock. And there you are, trying to navigate back to a path that makes sense. One that would be as close to the previous path as you can get. But our only options led us in directions far away from what we were used to.

Faced with eviction, living on union strike pay, our time for making a decision was running out. Where could we go to live with our five small sons? We had few options. The scariest possibility was also the one that fit best with our tiny income. But could we really make such a difficult move? To transport our family, and our mobile home onto a five-acre parcel of rural, undeveloped land? No electricity, no running water, with winter fast approaching. It sounded a little crazy…….

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 24

Quiet Quilter, August 25

The Avid Reader, August 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, August 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 30

Texas Book-aholic, August 31

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A Reader’s Brain, September 2

Power of Words, September 3 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions , September 4

Lots of Helpers, September 5

Just the Write Escape, September 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and eBook copy of her book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e7c7/adventures-in-poverty-celebration-tour-giveaway