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On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Sir Reeve Montgomery is an Englishman born and bred, proud of his heritage and the right to serve his country fighting against the Scottish rebels. But when the tide is turned unexpectedly during the Battle of Stirling Bridge, he is wounded by an English arrow, left for dead by his comrades, and taken captive by Wallace's army. Wounded, and alone on a foreign field, he kno ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Createspace
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Rebecca Graf
I love history. Add in a good story from an excellent fiction writer and you have me sold. Hazel West crafted a wonderful story in On a Foreign Field.

You’ve heard of William Wallace. Yes, this book is about him. No, he’s not the main character. This book is more about the people who followed Wallace including Reeve, an English soldier, who was able to step back and see the bloody reality of war.

I have to admit that I normally do not like a ton of narrative. I like lots of dialogue mixed in. Ms.
I was a teenage Jacobite whose imagination was fueled by Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. The Jacobites were supporters of the Scottish Stuart Kings after Scotland had formally become part of a new entity called Great Britain through the Acts of Union . I read a great many books dealing with The Battle of Culloden. In the Battle of Culloden the Jacobite cause was led to defeat by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

As an adult, I learned that many contemporary Scots thought the Stuart prince had b
Melanie Cusick-Jones

This my first historical YA book in about a year, and this was a nice refresher.

Hazel writes about war and brotherhood really well, letting the dialogue and actions of her characters show the camaraderie and affection that exists between them. Reeve is interesting in his development, from being somewhat naive and idealistic as an English knight, to being more idealistic and honourable as a Scottish rebel, but more realistically so.

I liked the presentation of true brothers and loyalty between s
Lynnann Richards
I recently finished reading On a Foreign Field by Hazel West.

The story opens with the main character, Reeve, an English knight, and his companions readying themselves for the infamous Battle at Sterling Bridge. During the ensuing fight, Reeve is injured by, not only the Scottish warriors, but also by his own country's archers. When the English army retreats, Reeve's own best friend leaves him behind to be captured by the Scottish army of the epic hero William Wallace.

As Reeve does the work of a
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A story set during the rebellion of the Scottish against the English lead by William Wallace told through the eyes of an English soldier. A new approach that I have not read before and can say I thoroughly loved. There were a few fictional characters mainly the said soldier Reeve, who gives such an honest and courageous view. Each one was interesting and engaging. You feel the honor these men had and the respect earned by each other and what it meant to gain Scotland's freedom. Not only is the s ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the smooth writing style of Hazel West and was immediately caught up in the high adventure and thrill of English and Scottish men battling it out with swords. The story revolves around Reeve Montgomery, an English knight, who is injured in "friendly fire" (so to speak) and then left behind on the battlefield where he is captured by the Scottish rebels. William Wallace likes him from the start and it is the beginning of a strong friendship. From the historical perspective, I ...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes. It’s simple, but very poetical. It suit’s the story perfectly. And there are no character impersonators.

Characters: Reeve is an excellent protagonist for a camaraderie story. He’s seemingly devoted to his country until it betrays him, and he comes to truly understand the Scottish cause. And once his loyalties have been gained, he is fiercely loyal; the best sort of friend to have watching your back on the battlefield. But probably some of my favorite characters were
Kathy Garlock
Sir Reeve Montgomery is wounded, not only by friendly fire at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, but by the callousness of the men who left him behind to die. Men he viewed as friends. Captured by his enemies, he learns the true meaning of friendship and loyalty among the band of brothers who fight under the inspired leadership of William Wallace.

On a Foreign Field is a good book; one I think that would be especially enjoyed by boys looking for a story about loyalty and camaraderie as well as some p
Linda Ulleseit
It's so hard to find good books for teen boys. This one is perfect, although girls will like it, too. There's something universal about the bond shared by a group of people united by strife, whether male or female, that makes this book appeal to everyone.

This story of an Englishman coming to grips with his beliefs about loyalty and brotherhood is very moving. I expected the character of William Wallace to be bigger than life, but he came across as just a man. Perfect for a story where each memb
Angel Lepire
I received this book for a read-in I signed up to do in Feb, and I'm sad to say I didn't finish it in time to participate in those discussions. But there was no way I would fail to finish this book. It's not something I would probably ever chose to read on my own (just not my genre), but I'm so glad to have read it. It is extremely well written, the characters are very engaging, and the story has a great flow. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction, tales of war or books ab ...more
Steven Malone
A good read with excellent character studies of the protagonist and William Wallace. Detail and settings were well done. The author showed an excellent understanding of period weapons and lifestyle.

It earned a 4 star rating from me and not a 5 because much of the story was told to the reader through an internal dialogue of the protagonist and I would have prefered more of it shown to me through the actions of the characters(primarily in character developement of the slightly more minor character
Hazel West
Jul 24, 2012 Hazel West rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi there (Author review, obviously) I just wanted to let everyone know how much I enjoyed writing this book and that I hope anyone who picks it up will enjoy it just as much. It's one of those that I hope can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Reeve and the brotherhood of Wallace's band are the kind of characters anyone can relate to, and I hope readers will sympathize, laugh, and cry with them. Check out my Author's page to read about "On a Foreign Field" on my blog and excerpts. Slainte, Hazel
Amanda McCrina
A unique twist on the William Wallace story, told through the eyes of an Englishman. Our protagonist, Sir Reeve Montgomery, is likable, and the plot (though familiar) is engaging. Some of the intriguing moral dilemmas are resolved a little too quickly and neatly, and the writing sometimes tells rather than shows, but, those quibbles aside, it's a heart-warming and enjoyable story.
Sep 21, 2012 KarenLana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I am a relatively new reader of Historical Fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are very well drawn and I was quickly drawn into appreciating them and their various struggles. I confess, the story had me in tears at the end. Now, thanks to the author, I'm going to do further reading on William Wallace.
Candace Hinnergardt
I really liked the story! All of the ideas that went into the plot made for a great story...BUT I wasn't a big fan of the writing style. It seemed very two dimensional to me. I felt disconnected from the characters. It was like I was just an observer from afar. Also, there were some grammatical errors. I would suggest that the author have more people proofread for misuse of words, awkward wording, and missing words. I will point out one mistake for an example. When Maggie is talking she says tha ...more
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I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them.

My favorite things/hobbies: Writing obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, GOOD COFFEE, reading of course, d
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“I've come to the conclusion that a man without a cause is nothing. He has nothing to look forward to, he has nothing to work toward; he is as a man lost, wandering in the darkest part of his heart to find a deeper, better purpose in his life.” 2 likes
“When you are a soldier you do not always realize there is anything beyond the will of your commander, the will of your king. But when you're on the field of battle, when the swords clash and the colors fly above you in all their glory, there comes a time when you wonder: Why am I here? All the brilliance fades, the glory becomes meaningless; the blood spilled and comrades dead, all for nothing when you have no cause to fight for.” 2 likes
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