BLOG BLITZ – Tuesday 6 September 2016 – BOOK REVIEW – ABOARD PROVIDENCE
The month of September is a special time for me:
my THIRD novel and sequel to
the final in the unsavory heritage series,
BOOK REVIEW – ABOARD PROVIDENCE
The Land is primitive and simple. And uninhabited.
In 1860, seven generations ago, eight families left their home in Accomack County, Virginia, setting sail for South America to start a new civilization. One that was actually civilized. With a tempest brewing in the States, and war threatening to break out, the founders wanted a better life for their families.
Jonah Ashton, son of Doctor Joseph Ashton, is but a few weeks away from completing his medical degree in Pennsylvania when he receives word from his father that they are leaving. Jonah has no plans to join his family on their venture, but when his father is injured, Jonah sails with them as the ship’s doctor, fully intent on returning once they reach their destination.
Jonah does not count on falling in love. Nor does he figure on crossing into uncharted—and unchartable—waters.
Tensions rise, and love blooms, as the ship lists under cloudy skies. The trip that was expected to take but a few weeks stretches into several months. Angst plagues Jonah as his degree and his plans and goals drift further from his grasp.
Can he embrace the new vision? Can he accept his role in the new land, and serve as doctor in the new community alongside his father? Will love prevail and allow him to marry the woman of his dreams?
Having read the original books in this series, I enjoyed reading the origins of the settlers in The Land, and meeting the ancestors of the people (characters) I previously met. I enjoyed learning why the founding families left their homes, and how they arrived in their new destination.
Aboard Providence maintains the integrity of the original stories; Ms. Keith’s storytelling is consistent and authentic as the throughout. There was no disconnect to them.
I felt Jonah’s conflict—and no small sense of frustration with him for his eagerness to leave his family behind. I melted with him, though, as his heart softens toward Marian Foster. I felt subtle waves of seasickness as the weeks grew into months. Rising despair of ever finding land was palpable, and cruel. Aboard Providence draws to a satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader with a sense of satisfaction, knowing the characters are establishing the ground for the series.
Take a minute to check out my reviews on Ms. Keith’s other books in the series:
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.
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.
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