Synopsis: Penniless and rejected by his cruel brother, William Crimsworth travels to Belgium to start a new life. He becomes a professor, and grows close to a young teacher he starts tutoring. But the girls in his class are determined to make trouble, and his new friend suddenly leaves the school without a word …
Release Date: 24th February 2022
Genres: Classics, Middle Grade, Classic Literature, Romance, Children’s Classics, Easy Classics, Family, Friendship
Review: A poor man finishes his school hoping his brother would help him in the world, only to find he doesn’t. He manages to find a job abroad and becomes a teacher of English to young men, then finds a job at a girls school too. There he falls in love with a young women.
I found I liked parts of this story but others not quite so much. He was very pathetic and actually made me roll my eyes with how he reacted when the two heads of schools were discussing their marriage. It was obvious and he hadn’t even spoken to the women of how he felt what did he expect? Anyway that was really off putting.
What I did like was that his job was interesting, he didn’t have it easy with the girls school. I liked that he did find love more naturally within the school, though kept losing her. I liked that he didn’t give up on her and searched fir her as he felt a connection with her. They were really sweet and worked well together.
I liked this story but didn’t love it, but I do enjoy reading these easy classics so much. It’s such a great way of reading a dauntingly long classic but made shorter and still getting the same story.
About Transcriber: Stephanie was born in England before emigrating to Australia – and later New Zealand – with her family, where she trained as a nurse. Whilst back in England on holiday, she met and married her husband, had a daughter and settled down.
Stephanie’s lifelong interest in writing became more serious when her first children’s book, Avalanche, was published in the 1980s. Since then, she has had around forty children’s books published, and has also published an historical novella for adults. Stephanie works closely with schools, she tutors for two writing schools and occasionally runs writing workshops for adults.
Stephanie joined Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2013 with her Mr Pattacake series, and she has since written The Dinosaur Detectives. Stephanie currently lives in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.
About Illustrator: Arianna is a freelance illustrator based in Florence, Italy, where she majored in Entertainment Design at Nemo Academy. Since then she has worked as 2D artist with Italian independent video game studios. The Sherlock Holmes series is her debut novel as an illustrator for Children’s books.