Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith

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?

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My Thoughts:

"Sometimes a man must learn to redefine success. ... Your purpose is the same,no matter what conditions surround you."

The story begins as the country approaches civil war. There are two main characters the book centers around - Jonah, who is studying to be a doctor but has been called home in the midst of his schooling to help his family start a settlement in a new land; and Marian, a young girl with a dream of her own, a dream that includes the new land.  
Jonah wishes to stay in America and finish his schooling. Not to mention, he left town during  a pending law suit over a misunderstanding that could cost him his reputation. Needless to say, Providence has other plans and tragedy strikes. Jonah must accompany his family to the new land, but is bent on returning as soon as he is able. 
Marian is excited about this new land and new discoveries. Although in some areas their dreams parallel, mostly they are headed in different directions;  but as their feelings for each other grow can they overcome the obstacles to be together?

I struggled to get into the story, most likely due to the fact I was reading an e-book, and for me it's just not the same as a print copy. In spite of a slow beginning, once  journey began, the tension in the book grew and it became more interesting. Jonah has a hard time being honest with his family about his feelings and desires. In hopes of not disappointing  father, he ends up learning some lessons the hard way. Yet, I did admire him for his willingness to fulfill what he felt was his duty to his family, willingness to sacrifice his personal goals and ambitions at least temporarily for greater good. He was also respectful of his father and submissive to his will, both difficult traits to find these days. In the end, the author reveals God had a plan all along.

This was first book I have read by this author, and very likely, I would read another were it a print copy.

I received an e-copy of this book from Celebrate Llit for the purpose of review. I was not required to review positively and all opinions 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.


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!

Blog stops

October 21: 1994
October 22: A Greater Yes
October 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
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
October 31: Bibliophile Reviews
November 1: Pause for Tales
November 1: Karen’s Krayons
November 2: Proverbial Reads


  1. Thank you for featuring Aboard Providence! So sorry paperback review copies weren't available in time for the tour.

    1. Keely, I understand, and it's fine. I just enjoy reading print so much more. I have a hard time getting into the e-books. I don't know why. :-) The book was still good!

  2. TY for the review. I can't get the Pinterest follow link to work.

    1. Lucy, Thanks for stopping by. I am sorry, but couldn't figure out which link you were referring to.

  3. Love the book Aboard Providence and would love to win the rest of the series. Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. I would love to read more books by Keely, myself. This was my first.

  4. I'm really looking forward to this next installment. Thanks for showcasing it on your blog.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am sure the next one will be good!


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