About the Book
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.
***** (4.5 Stars)
This story started a bit slow for me, but quickly picked up pace, and then wound up being a delightful whirlwind of a read. I especially enjoyed following the love story of the hero and heroine—Connor and Lydia—while being intrigued by the suspense created around the creepy character, Frank. Although I already knew the end romantically speaking, it was entertaining to see the romance, and, the rest of the story play out. Each character—main and secondary—was distinctively well crafted to suit the story. And although some parts of the plot were predictable, there were those parts that weren’t, which altogether added to the excitement of the story.
Keith displayed an adept skill with her secondary characters by dropping trickles of hints throughout the story, which she eventually wove into a premise for her next book. Despite a satisfying end, this story, obviously, isn’t finished yet.
There’s a simplicity to Keith’s writing that eases the reader into an enjoyable read, and at the same time her writing maintains a strong voice. It is impressively illustrative, and the entire story is generally well paced. I can rightly say Keith has a stellar imagination, as she created a world out of nothing that exists—similar, though, in culture to the pioneer times—but very much believable. Also, Keith has a way with words that provokes humor so that you raise your brow and while you chuckle.
Altogether, this was a delightful read. I’m looking forward to other books by Keith.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A thank you to the author, Keely Brooke Keith, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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About the Author
Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely 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.
Keely resides on a hilltop south of Nashville with her husband and their daughter, Rachel.