Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review Sci fi, time travel, historical? The Land Uncharted, Keely Brooke Keith

Keely Brooke Keith
Edenbrooke Press
October, 2014

3.99 ebook

From the Publisher:

Lydia Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land, a landmass in the South Atlantic Ocean undetectable to the outside world. When injured fighter pilot Connor Bradshaw's parachute carries him from the war engulfing the 2025 world to her hidden land, his presence threatens her plans, her family, and the survival of her preindustrial society. As Connor searches for a way to return to his squadron, his fascination with life in the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland, and Lydia's attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated. Written like a historical, set like a scifi, and filled with romance, The Land Uncharted weaves adventure and love in this suspenseful story of a hidden land.

My Review:
Reading The Land Uncharted is a curious mix of awe, curiosity, and fear both for the characters and the promised sequels.

Because the reader is meant to be drawn into this curious world slowly, I won’t give away much of the story, so bear with me as I try to tell you about it without actually telling you…about it.
A man falls washes on shore of a definitely not-deserted island. Connor Bradshaw is a military pilot on a failed mission somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. The woman, Lydia Colburn, who comes across him also happens to be the local doctor. As Connor heals from his injuries under the care of this remarkable woman and her family, he realizes the Colburns could be the family he’s always been missing.

When circumstances make it seem Connor cannot return home, he goes about settling in and making himself at home in this intriguing society, descended from families who set out to establish a society of their own.

Connor bears a huge responsibility whether to share a crucial secret that may change this idyllic community or save it. However, all is not completely well in Good Springs, either, as Connor slowly learns.

Keith has created a unique story with several intriguing twists and turns that will keep the reader turning pages, wondering what will happen. It’s not easy creating a society basically from scratch. There are the unusual circumstances of melding faith and culture, setting up profession and trade, and dealing with those who don’t subscribe to life as they know it.

The Land Uncharted is a romantic read, creative, but left me with more questions than answers. I admit to being not wholly satisfied with how some of the circumstances carried out, though Lydia is a woman I’d love for a friend, as well as her Aunt Lillian. Keith offered me a copy for review purposes. I’ll be looking for the following books.

About the Author:
Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely Brooke Keith was a tree-climbing, baseball-loving '80s kid. She grew up in a family who frequently relocated. By graduation, Keely lived in 8 states and attended 14 schools. Keely's many adventures include: being an exchange student, recording with a former Beatles producer, being chased through the New Mexico desert by a rattlesnake, jumping out of an airplane at 14,500 feet, and sleeping under the open sky in the Australian outback.

Keely is a bass guitarist and plays on worship teams and for solo artists. She is married to singer/songwriter John Martin Keith, and they frequently perform and tour together. When she isn't writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores.
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