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Book Review ~ Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith

About the Book

In November 1860, Marian Foster joins a group of Virginia families who are sailing away from America to form a new settlement off the coast of Brazil. As an amateur botanist, Marian eagerly anticipates exploring a new land. She boards Providence confident in the group’s plan, but during the voyage, her heart is drawn to Jonah Ashton, the secretive and sullen ship’s physician.

Jonah Ashton is determined to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When family obligation forces Jonah to take a voyage aboard Providence, he plans to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return home. While aboard Providence, Jonah is beguiled by Marian’s optimistic spirit and finds himself in uncharted territory. Soon Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

Get swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision in this inspirational story reviewers are calling “a captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale.” Read Aboard Providence today and embark on an unforgettable voyage.


Christian/Fiction/New Adult


Historical Romance/Science Fiction


4.5 Stars


Aboard Providence proved to be a beautiful story full of heart, written with simplicity, but flowed seamlessly while maintaining poignancy in its execution and theme. Keith’s craftsmanship clearly sharpens and stuns with subsequent books released. The boldness to intricately intertwine two unlikely genres namely, historical and sci-fi—and skillfully done—never loses its pleasant effect on a reader who would so choose to indulge.

Of admirable quality and worthy of mention is Keith’s attention to detail as she describes the setting of the story—the ship, Providence—which shows evidence of deep and satisfactory research done by the author. Characterization was neatly laid out in a fashion that despite the unusual number of characters, it was clear that they were tactfully developed to the degree that each could be comprehensively followed.

Overall, Aboard Providence is a well-rounded story with a classic theme that never grows old—trust that God has a good plan for your life.


About the Author

Keely Brooke Keith is the author of The Land Uncharted(Edenbrooke Press) and Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. Keely also writes resources for writers, including The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Purpose Journal. When she isn’t writing, 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. She is a member of ACFW.