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4.0 out of 5 starsSurprisingly good!
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
I'm surprised at how good this week was. It was very interesting, and had plot twists for a change! After reading so many boring, tedious predictable Christian books, it was nice to find something with a few twists and a change of pace. Thank you for providing a very interesting clean and Christian read, without any foul language or sex.
Easy reading and a bit predictable - although trying to figure out in this series where The Land is suppose to be and what the grey leaf tree is - but a nice story. Interwoven and focusing on different characters each book - I wish there was a bit more interaction between the people in previous books to keep that connection alive more.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
I bought this book for my mother. She reads large print and this is much easier for her to see. She called to tell me she loves the book, "no bad words" she says and it was a good birthday gift for her. She tells me the story is getting better and better!
5.0 out of 5 starsAbove Rubies brings depth and history to the first books [in the series]
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
When a girl has an affliction that she believes will hinder not only her chosen profession but any chance at love, she hides it.
Only Olivia Owens and the Doctor knew about her affliction, so well did she mask it. But as the settlement in the new land grew and developed, the intrepid Olivia was not so skilled at being patient. Championing her cause for a schoolhouse to teach in overtook reason, and Olivia marched against protocol set ty the village elders. Fraught with a dear friend’s betrayal and the betrayal of her own heart, Olivia fights all the harder to keep her secret hidden. Especially from Gabe McIntosh, the young man who has declared his love for her.
But is keeping her secret the best plan? Or will her heart learn to trust, and will she gain confidence, even as others know of her disorder?
Ms. Keith has woven not only a compelling story line, but she has created a story world for the story to reside. The original books in the series set the stage, and Above Rubies brings depth and history to the first books, a clever and cheeky way of giving backstory. And it works. Ms. Keith has introduced new characters in each new story, bringing the reader deeper into The Land—uncharted. Her descriptions are telling and tangible, and the conflicts are genuine, both within and between characters. I have become fond of The Land Uncharted, and look forward to more in this series.
I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
Above Rubies is the second book in Keely Brooke Keith’s Uncharted Beginnings series. It is set in the 1860’s, two years after the settlers arrive in The Land.
The story focuses on Olivia Owens, who has a calling to be a schoolteacher. Unfortunately, the people of Good Springs don’t see the need for formal teaching—they need their children to be contributing to building the settlement. And they certainly don’t see the need for a dedicated schoolhouse. It seems the only person supporting Olivia is carpenter and flirt Gabe McIntosh.
And Olivia has a secret (all good characters have a secret). If people knew her secret, they’d never let her teach their children. Because Olivia has what we now call dyslexia: some days she can read words, and some days the monster comes and mixes up all the letters. And who’d want a teacher who can’t read?
Above Rubies was an enjoyable read. I liked the interplay between Olivia and Gabe, both in terms of their developing personal relationship, and the way he supports her to achieve her dreams.
The one fault was that the ending was somewhat abrupt. I’d been thinking there were a couple more chapters when the book just finished—the remaining pages were teaser chapters from The Land Uncharted.
Above Rubies is a standalone novel, although it’s probably best to read Aboard Providence first, so you understand the background and family relationships. However, it’s not necessary—all you need to know is the community have settled an uncharted island, and have no way of leaving.
A must-read for all Keely Brooke Keith fans, and anyone who enjoys historical Christian romance.
Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review