Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith

The Land Uncharted (Uncharted, #1) 

The Land Uncharted (Volume 1) by Keely Brooke Keith
Paperback, 306 pages
Expected publication: October 21st 2014 by Edenbrooke Press 
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Description: 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.
My Review: Lydia is a young woman at the end of her training to becoming her village's doctor. She and her family live in the Land, an unheard of area in the South Atlantic Ocean--one that hasn't been discovered by anyone since the founders in the 1860s. This society is absolutely incredible! They are able to completely support themselves and have a system set up that is very functional, if still technologically behind the times of the rest of the world. The world around them is in chaos and in search of resources, yet this landmass remains undetected--until Connor accidentally lands on it. As he searches for a way to return home, he discovers that life here in the Land isn't all that bad. 
I loved the simplicity of life in the Land. For the most part, people are genuine and real. I love that these people are very connected to their past and their families and do what they can to support their society. Of course, there are a few "bad guys," but that all adds to the story. 
Lydia is a very self-reliant and independent woman, yet she realizes some things about herself when Connor shows up. I love the support and encouragement he gives her, especially when she was at her low point. Connor is a very brave and loyal man. He's the type of person who lives in the moment and looks toward the future, instead of living in the past. I love the self-restraint he showed in many situations, as well as the commitment he develops towards his new home, friends, and family.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was written and loved how the ending wrapped things up somewhat, but still left the story open for more. I can't wait to see what's coming next!
Content: no language; mild violence (fighting), a few deaths that weren't descriptive; mild, sweet romance. Clean!
About the Author:
Keely Brooke KeithBorn 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.
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