by Keely Brooke Keith
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Publication: September 12th 2017 by Edenbrooke Press
Sophia Ashton’s new medical assistant job comes with the perks of living on the Colburn property, which include being surrounded by a loving family—something she’s never known. During the job’s trial period, a patient puts Sophia in a questionable position. Now she must prove her competence or lose her job and home.
Nicholas Vestal is working on a sheep farm to earn a starter flock, but before his contract is up, he inherits a house in the village. While fixing up the old house he pursues Sophia Ashton, believing she is the woman God wants him to marry. But when her difficult past blocks his plan, he must find a way to her heart.
Meanwhile, outside the Land...
When plant biologist Bailey Colburn is offered a research job, she knows Justin Mercer is playing her somehow. Working for the former naval flight officer sounds better than her other options in post-war Norfolk, even though Justin says he once met her long lost relatives. But when Justin introduces Bailey to the mysterious gray leaf tree, his unbelievable claims change her world.
My Review: 5 Stars
I absolutely love the world that Ms. Keith has built through this series. Some books spend so much time creating the setting that the plot drags, but not this one. Each book adds more to this unique island near Antarctica in the mid 2020s and I'm always completely fascinated. Vacillating between a character in the US and this settlement, the plot is engaging, and mainly driven by a plant in this book, but nonetheless, it completely captured my attention. I read it straight through with hardly a break.
Sophia is desperate to escape her family and work on researching a medicinal plant to further the type of help and care that can be received in The Land. A distant cousin, back in the US, is also studying this plant, and the conclusions that are drawn are priceless.
The characters are fantastic and the way they each handle and deal with their individual situations is great. I love getting to know more residents of The Land and seeing old favorites play important roles once again. These people are so interesting because they live in a slightly future time, but almost live as pioneers.
I feel like this is one series that could go on and on and on without getting old because there are so many little tidbits that are introduced each time that leave me wanting more information. There are relationships that I want to read more about as well. As with the other books in the series, this story leaves it wide open for more, so I'm a happy camper and honestly can't wait.
Content: very mild violence (mostly emotional); very mild romance; very mild religious elements.
*I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion at all.*