Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith

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About the Book
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In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea and falling in love. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

My Review

I have been interested in a series of books that I heard about called The Unchartered Series for a while now.  It is about a hidden, mysterious land that seems to be untouched by modern times.  I have not read that series yet, but I soon hope to do so.  I was very excited to see that the author wrote a prequel to those stories.  I decided to start with this book first and I was not disappointed.  What I liked about this novel is that it is a historical novel, taking place right before the American Civil War.  It is about a peaceful group of 8 families that do not wish to be embroiled in the coming war.  Because of this they decide to leave and head to South America to start a new civilization on one of the islands there.  What they are not prepared for is to become lost at sea and end up nowhere near their destination.  Instead it appears that they have discovered a new land. 

I would divide this book into three parts.  The first part is when they are still in the USA preparing to go; the middle part takes place on the ship, the Providence itself; and the third part is when they reach the land and start seeing and experiencing some of its dangers and mysteriousness.  Through it all we have the ongoing struggle of young medical student Jonah Ashton, who does not even want to be going but cannot bear to disappoint his family, especially his father.  However, burdened by his family’s needs, being pulled to his unfinished business in college, and his growing admiration and love for Miriam, who is going on this voyage, Jonah has become a restless soul.  He is bound and determined to see his family to safety and then return to the USA and finish his business there.  As the book suggests, providence may just have something else in store.

I enjoyed this prequel to this intriguing series and I look forward to reading it soon.  So if you like historical fiction, ship board adventures laced with romance and touched with a bit of fantasy, I highly recommend this read.

I received a copy for free.  A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author

Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

Guest Post from Keely Brooke Keith

The Uncharted series has a past…

The Uncharted storyline begins in the 21st Century in a hidden land that was settled in the 1860s by Americans. Throughout the Uncharted books, the characters refer to their founders’ history. Soon after the release of The Land Uncharted, readers expressed their desire for more. Why did the founders leave America in 1860? How did they plan the group migration? Where did they believe they were going? How did they establish what is now a fascinating culture?

I too was drawn by the founders’ story. When I set out to write it, I enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them, not only for the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t. I became swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision.

The result is Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media, 2016).

Join the founders as they embark on their voyage to an uncharted land.

Blog stops

October 21: 1994
October 22: A Greater Yes
October 24: cherylbbookblog
October 26: I Hope You Dance
October 26: Mary Hake
October 27: Genesis 5020
October 28: A Readers Brain
October 29: Bigreadersite
November 1: Pause for Tales
November 1: Karen’s Krayons
November 2: Proverbial Reads


In honor of her tour, Keely is giving away The Uncharted Series ebooks! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/a60d

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