Thursday, January 29, 2009

Book Review: Across the Pond, by Storyheart

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Across the Pond, by Storyheart

Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation; 1st edition (September 25, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1436371767
Rating (scale of 1 to 5 stars): ****


Fred Squire is not happy to be packed off on a plane from his native England to stay in America with a family he doesn’t know while his parents go to Australia on vacation. However, he makes the best of it and soon finds that “Uncle Phil” and his family are great fun—and that Phil’s daughter, Brittany, is hot and fun.

Fred and Brit soon become an "item", and she refers to him as her English Knight. He stands up for her when she has to face Steve Harris, a boy she dated once and who upset her deeply. Meanwhile, she and her parents show Fred around in fine style and help him with his school project of finding the differences between British and American English.

I can’t help but read the story with an editor’s eye, and I feel there are some places that could have been developed a bit more to enrich the story and bump up the page count a little. There were a couple of minor inconsistencies and other issues that can easily be fixed. However, these issues were few in number and small in nature, and the story was so enjoyable that it was easy to get past them.

Across the Pond is a fun, uplifting story that young teenagers should enjoy. It has everything: love, adventure, conflict, heroism, and even sports. The characters are fun and engaging, leaving you wanting to have more adventures with them, and readers learn a little about what it would be like to visit a foreign country—even one where the language is the same as your own...only completely different.

Coming soon: an interview with the author, Storyheart!

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  1. Great blog, Jenn. I really enjoyed this interview. It sounds like a fun, enjoyable read. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for the review, Jen! Don't count me in for the free book giveaway, but I just wanted to let you know how you are so appreciated!

  3. Jenn thank you so much for the review, I am so glad you enjoyed the book.

  4. If I was Fred, I'd have gone to Australia instead of America. Who chooses America over Australia? Good review.

  5. I love the look of this blog, Jennifer. Across the Pond sounds like a great book that I would have loved to read when I was younger. Great review!

  6. Bookish Reader, Fred did not have a choice, the prize his parents won was a trip for two, no room for their son. Fred had a choice of spending the time with his grandparents in Scotland or the trip to the US. Eventually with a bit of bribery he chose the latter.

  7. SUSAN SOSBE: Don't get caught up in the age thing with the book, it is honestly being enjoyed by people age 10-80, and many have stated that it is for the young and young at heart. Check out amazon for the reviews and see what all the people are saying. Never mind "enjoyed when you were younger"... Enjoy it now!

  8. Great blog, Jen. Looks like a fun book ... Gonna have to add it to my wish list. =)

  9. Tanya, please do I could do with all the sales I can get *grin*