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Aboard Providence (Uncharted Beginnings) Paperback – January 19, 2017
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"With vivid settings and multi-layered characters, Keely Brooke Keith whisks her readers off on a page-turning journey, not just across the ocean, but within the heart. You won't be able to put Aboard Providence down until the final word is read and then you will long for more." --Brenda S. Anderson, author of the Coming Home series
"A blend of history and romance with a compelling inspirational message, Keith expertly weaves an intriguing tale. Fans of the Uncharted Series won't want to miss this journey." --Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled
"Keely Brooke Keith is a master storyteller, weaving adventure, love, and wonderful characters into a vivid story that will take readers on an unforgettable voyage to a new place. Full of inspirational messages and tales of God's love, readers will find themselves longing for more. Keely's story teaches all of us that the journey is just the beginning!" --Christina Yother, author of the Hollow Hearts series
"A delightful adventure reminiscent of Swiss Family Robinson, AboardProvidence is one of those novels that will stick with me because I feel I've lived it. Winsome characters pulled me into a compelling storyline that had me thinking What if a colony of Christians really had embarked for lands unknown, right before the Civil War broke out? A captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale I can confidently recommend to a wide range of readers." --Heather Day Gilbert, author of Amazon Norsebestseller God's Daughter
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The Uncharted Beginnings series:
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Large type / Large print edition (January 19, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542589568
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542589567
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.68 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
It sounds as if it’s going to be a sweeping historical tale, but it’s not really; it merely uses a historical setting to tell the story of a gentle romance between a man and a woman who have contrasting dreams. With that in mind, this isn’t the kind of story that will blow you away, but it certainly has plenty of enjoyable content to keep your attention until the end.
I did rather enjoy this book. I liked the main characters, Marian and Jonah. They were both very earnest, honest characters with good intentions, quite likable protagonists and a couple worth rooting for, though I never had any doubt that they wouldn’t end up together in the end. The romance is sweet but nothing exciting, as these kinds of period romances tend to be. Still, you want to read to make sure they end up together and all is well.
The story is very clear-cut, and the premise is laid out very cleanly in the beginning. However, what seems like the central conflict fizzles out over time and changes into something a little less dramatic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does take away from the magnitude of the story somewhat. I was hoping for something a little more exciting based on the first few chapters.
I also found several holes in the story—namely, the eight families’ plan to find an uninhabited island off the coast of South America in the 19th century. It just seemed like a highly implausible and illogical plan, but perhaps it would have made sense in that time frame, I’m not sure. In any case, the book, and its ensuing series, is much more about the characters than it is about the premise, so it doesn’t matter as much. So long as you can put aside your doubts about that, you can enjoy this book.
Additionally, though apparently categorized as Christian fiction, Aboard Providence is not at all a book of ministrations, and the Christian elements merely feel like a part of the setting rather than a message from the author. If you are someone who prefers to read fiction without religious themes, you likely won’t be offended by this book.
All in all I did enjoy Aboard Providence. I won’t call it a riveting story, but I did find myself looking forward to reading it every day. There were some moments where I felt I was being beaten on the head by the conflict—I mean, I get it! Marian wants to stay with her family, and Jonah wants to go back to Philadelphia to finish medical school!—but it wasn’t so bad that I felt like I needed to put the book down.
The story was also well written and had a great tone, so I think fans of regency romance/historical romance will enjoy this simple but pleasant read.
I liked getting to know all the characters in this novel, however I found Jonah to be annoying, he was selfish and only seemed to care about his future and needs than those of others once they get to the Land. But I did like how Jonah started to change his mind. I liked how Marian was more level-headed and in my honest opinion I believe that she deserves someone better than Jonah. The side characters in this novel were interesting, but I wish we could have found out more about them.
I enjoyed finding out more about the Land - however I wish there had been more descriptions about the new island besides the gray-leafed tree. I felt like the world-building was lacking and could have been developed some more. I thought the ending was very sweet and I was happy.
This book was a prequel to the author's Uncharted series which is also supposed to be good. I don't know if I will read the rest of the series but this was a good introduction to Keely Brooke Keith.
I am giving this book 3/5 Stars because even though I enjoyed it I wish the world-building had been fleshed out a bit more.