Britfield Series Book 1 by C. R. Stewart
Published on: August 1, 2019
If there wasn’t already a well-known book and movie by the title of The Great Escape, I would say that this book should be renamed to it because this whole book is one exciting escape after escape.
The Weatherly Orphanage isn’t known by its occupants for being a warm and cozy place to live. Instead, it is a place where the kids get little food and clothing and are forced to work long hours at a nearby factory. It’s also known for doling out harsh punishments for small infractions. When an unexpectedly harsh punishment puts Tom’s best friend Sarah into solitary confinement for a month, Tom knows it is time to leave. Their friends at the orphanage form an elaborate scheme to break them both out, starting an escape adventure that spans across England. If escaping wasn’t enough, the Grievouses hire legendary Detective Gowerstone, who is known for finding missing children and orphans.
This story is one big, long escape. Detective Gowerstone isn’t a legend for nothing and his intuition about where the Tom and Sarah might be constantly keep the kids fleeing using various locations and means to journey toward London. From Canterbury to Oxford to Windsor Castle the kids get to see so many places and get very, very, very lucky by finding nice folks who help them during their escape.
But this is also a mystery-thriller story too. At the orphanage Tom learns something he doesn’t expect regarding his family and the longer Tom and Sarah stay on the run more people become involved in keeping that secret safe – at all costs.
This story really put a smile on my face. Even though this is a giant escape book, the author really knows how to not weigh it down by scary moments. Young readers will get to follow them to many different famous locations along the way and learn a bit of history too. At the end there is also a “Where are they now” type of epilogue on the fate of the orphan children, which I really liked to read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Devonfield Publishing LLC for the reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.
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 & the Lost Crown by 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!