About the Book
It’s 1863, and schoolteacher Olivia Owens believes education should be a top priority in the newly established settlement of Good Springs. Between planning lessons and helping out on her family’s homestead, Olivia doesn’t have time for Gabriel McIntosh’s charming advances. When the council denies her request to build a schoolhouse, Olivia must challenge their ruling and teach private lessons—all while hiding frequent bouts of word blindness (dyslexia). If the council knew the new teacher couldn’t always read, they wouldn’t allow Olivia to teach anymore.
As a carpenter, Gabe McIntosh is working hard to help build the settlement of Good Springs, and once his land is granted, he begins constructing his own house. When Olivia discovers he plans to share it with her, she guards her heart from him. But Gabe is determined to win her affection and figure out what she’s hiding.
Undisputedly the best yet in the Land Uncharted/Uncharted Beginnings Series, Above Rubies is literarily as excellent and apt as its theme is brilliantly poignant—indeed, one can trust God and true love! The characters are tremendously stunning and swoon-worthy, its setting, fascinating, and, the author’s style of expression, a superb combination of sweet-simple and uniquely colorful metaphors.
The scenes flowed seamlessly from one to the other, gently, and perfectly establishing the intent of the author to mesmerize, inspire and entertain, all the while never distracting or disrupting the enjoyable reading flow to a satisfying finish.
If you’re on the lookout for a story that softly and beautiful weaves pioneer historical with inspirational romance, Above Rubies is an excellent choice—deserving of every single one of the five stars it’s been awarded!
*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to the author for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
**This book, along with the rest in the Land Uncharted/Uncharted Beginnings Series, has been awarded the TBAP Orange Star and recommended for motion picture in the quarterly Book-to-Movie Catalog, June, 2017.
About the Author
Keely Brooke Keith writes inspirational frontier-style fiction with a slight Sci-Fi twist, including The Land Uncharted (Shelf Unbound Notable Romance 2015) and Aboard Providence (2017 INSPY Awards Longlist). Keely also creates resources for writers such as The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Character Journal.
Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely grew up in a family that frequently relocated. By graduation, she lived in 8 states and attended 14 schools. When she isn’t writing, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Keely, her husband, and their daughter live on a hilltop south of Nashville, Tennessee.