Thursday, December 5, 2019

Britfield and the Lost Crown

Britfield and the Lost Crown


About the Book:

Title: Britfield and the Lost Crown | Author: C.R. Stewart | Publisher: Devonfield Publishing LLC | Pages: 361 | Genre: Historical Fiction | Recommended Ages: 9 and Up

Book Description:

Enter the World of Britfield: Adventure, Intrigue, Conspiracy, Mystery, and Suspense!

Tom has spent the majority of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might actually be alive, Tom is determined to find them. Together, with his best friend Sarah and armed with only the word "Britfield" as a clue to Tom's mysterious past, the two make a daring escape. Now, they are on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what appears to be half of the police officers in England! The hunt is on, but will Tom and Sarah be able to evade capture long enough to solve an even bigger conspiracy that could tear apart the country?

Multiple Award-Winning Britfield and the Lost Crownby C.R. Stewart, is the first book in a thrilling seven-part series based on family, friendship, loyalty, and courage that is written for pre-teens, Y/A, and readers of all ages. Britfield and its heroes, Tom and Sarah, take readers on an epic adventure as they travel across England. With its stimulating language and stunning historical and geographical asides, Britfield engages the reader from the very first pages and doesn't let go until it reaches its exciting conclusion!


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Our Review:

I recently finished reading Britfield and the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart to my youngest child, Amanda (age 11). The story begins with Tom and Sarah trapped in an orphanage where the children are exploited and deprived of an education and proper nourishment. Sarah remembers life before being an orphan, but Tom has spent most of his life as one and doesn't really remember much else. He only has one clue about his past and that is the name Britfield. While Tom and Sarah are on the run across England, they see neat places and meet interesting people. Their adventure takes them to London, but it doesn't end there!

Amanda says that the story gets more exciting once Tom and Sara escape the orphanage. She really liked the twist at the end. She thinks that it will make a great movie! I agree with her on all points. I also liked reading about the historical sites.

Things that could have been better: the orphanage scene was exaggerated and slow going, and sometimes there were too many words or a strange choice of words were used to describe how they said things.

Disclosure: Amanda and I received a Kindle copy of this book. This is our honest and voluntary review.

About the Author:
C. R. Stewart

C. R. Stewart

C. R. Stewart is a twenty-year veteran of film and media production, global strategy, and international marketing. He is a prolific writer, producer, creativity specialist, international consultant, and prominent speaker who has seen, firsthand, the dramatic decline in creative problem solving and human ingenuity.

In response to this decline, C. R. founded the prestigious Devonfield, an innovative company dedicated to redefining how the world engages, educates, and influences the global, young-adult audience. Utilizing the highest quality in film production, publishing, education, and technology, Devonfield will transform how children and young adults learn, grow, and advance.

C. R.'s Britfield & the Lost Crown is the crucial first step in Devonfield's educational movement to inspire creativity and critical thinking in children and young adults. This important book will be followed by four additional Britfield books with plans for an accompanying major motion picture series.




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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

An Expat Thanksgiving and a Linky


We try to do something special every Thanksgiving, but since it's not a holiday celebrated in South Africa, we often have to compromise. We invited our neighbor and she said it was her first Thanksgiving. Our son couldn't make it, becaus he was working. Also, this year we were having a heat wave and so we decided to eat only cold food. That meant that we roasted the turkey the night before. Also, my husband said there was only one brand of turkey at the grocery store, so next year we'll try a different grocery chain store to see if they offer a better option.

The decorations were all brought over by my mom two Christmases ago when she and my stepdad were visitng from the States. My husband is the South African side of our family and he's a real star! When I got home from last minute grocery shopping early Wednesday evening with the girls, the turkey was already in the oven. Amanda made the cupcakes all by herself from scratch and they were yummy! We made a whipping cream icing (frosting) by adding icing sugar (powdered sugar) and a bit of vanilla essence and yellow food coloring.






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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving and 2 Free eBooks!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I have 2 free eBooks for you today! I haven't read either book, but I plan to read something from the Thanksgiving book out loud to the family, especially the Thanksgiving jokes, today. It's not a picture book, but there is an illustration at the start of each story. For this reason, I think kids around ages 6 - 8 will enjoy the stories more than the younger ones. And, no one is too old for jokes! The second book is a steampunk adventure that I've been wanting to read. I was so excited to see the author list it for free for the Thanksgiving weekend!


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Black Recluse (Roanoke Desperados Book 1) by [Bowman, Anna]

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Pretty Sunrise and a Linky


It's summertime in South Africa and we've been having some pretty sunrises, but you have to get up early, because they happen before 6am. I've been posting a few pics on Instagram and you're welcome to follow me there too!






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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Daughter of Sun, Bride of Ice

Daughter of Sun, Bride of Ice
Ice and Fate Duology Book 1


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Title: Daughter of Sun, Bride of Ice | Author: H.L. Burke | Pages: 268 | Genre: Romantic Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

To save a kingdom, she must lose her heart.

Born a princess in a land where the sun never sets, Arynne longs for the freedom to use her inborn magic. When an emissary from the dark side of the world requests an alliance sealed by marriage, Arynne jumps at a chance to escape the rules of her homeland, even if it means marrying a prince she's never met and never seeing the sun again.

The starlit kingdom of Frorheim believes that only a marriage of a Solean Sun Princess to their Star Prince will thwart the return of a feared sorcerer. Arynne meets the qualifications, but the journey is perilous. Even more dangerous to Arynne, however, is her growing attraction to the roguish Frorian soldier, Kajik.

In the throes of true love, Arynne rues her betrothal to the unknown prince. Can she follow her heart knowing that if she forsakes her vow, Frorheim is doomed, and herself along with it?


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My Review:

Ice and Fate is an exciting new romantic fantasy duology by H.L. Burke. It's a page-turner with fabulous world building, compelling characters, and plenty of action. Daughter of Sun, Bride of Ice is the first book where a murky prophecy has put our heroes in a difficult situation. Fate and destiny are intertwined, but the most powerful try to control the outcome. Who really wants what’s best for the kingdom and who is working against the greater good? Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger, but Book 2, Prince of Stars, Son of Fate, is already out, so you won't have to wait to read the rest!

Dragon's Debt - Book 2
Dragon's Rival - Book 3

About the Author:
H.L. Burke


Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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