Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

All Things Beautiful by Keely Brooke Keith April 23, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:36 pm



It’s 1868 in the settlement of Good Springs, and Hannah Vestal is passionate about writing fiction and keeping her stories to herself. By lantern light she slips into her story world and dreams the adventures she’ll never experience. When her father asks to read her work, she decides to have it printed secretly for his 50th birthday. Hannah tries to arrange the printing with the settlement’s pressman, but the witty and dapper Henry Roberts won’t make it easy for her to prove her writing is worthy of his ink.

If Henry Roberts did nothing else for the rest of his life but print and bind books, he would die a satisfied man. In order to secure settlement support for his printing press, the elder council says Henry must print an error-free copy of the New Testament before the settlement’s 8th anniversary celebration. He is determined to meet their challenge, but when the enigmatic Hannah proves to be a beguiling distraction, Henry longs for something more than a life at the letterpress.

Get swept away to the hidden frontier settlement where love requires sacrifice, faith-filled adventures await, and sweet romance makes people glad to be alive. Read All Things Beautiful and embark on an unforgettable journey of the heart in this inspirational story.

My thoughts:

I have really been enjoying this series. Keely does a wonderful job of bringing her characters and her setting to life.

I really loved getting into Hannah’s writers mind. I could relate to the way she thought and developed her story.

Henry was a wonderfully flawed character. I loved the tension between Hannah and Henry.

If you have yet to pick up this book or dive into this series I highly recommend you give it a try. If you love historical romance you won’t be disappointed with this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own. 


Uncharted Hope by Keely Brooke Keith October 9, 2017

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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. Sophia is determined to discover new uses for the gray leaf medicine, but when a patient gets personal, she must prove her professionalism or lose her job.

Nicholas Vestal is working on the Foster 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 past blocks his plan, he must win 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 he says he has met her long lost relatives. But when Justin introduces Bailey to the mysterious gray leaf tree, his unbelievable claims change her world.

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed everything I have read by Keely. She does such a great job bring her characters to life. This book was no exception.

I have not read the other books in the series (however, I have read Uncharted Beginnings, which leads up to this series, I believe), but I have them all. I really want to make it a point to get to them because this is such an interesting concept. If you have ever seen The Village you have a bit of an idea of what this book is kind of like. But it also has a sort of Amish feel to it as these people are set apart for everyone else.

The great thing was I could read this book after the series has already been going but could totally enjoy it and get into it. I didn’t feel lost, just frustrated that I hadn’t read the other books because they intrigue me.

If you are looking for something a bit different I highly recommend this book and the series.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own. 


Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith May 4, 2017

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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.

My thoughts:

This book held me captive from the beginning. I really enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Gabe.

There were many small mysteries in this book. Some of them I figured out pretty early on but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying each and every page. I think I might have liked this book better than the first one and I really liked that one.

With that being said, even though this is a series I believe you could read this book as a stand-alone. Although the cast of characters is so rich is was nice having met them before.

Gabe was so sweet. I wanted Olivia to so badly open her eyes to him and not believe the things that Peggy was telling her. That frustrated me.

I love Olivia’s heart for teaching and the impact she had on her student’s lives.

If you like historical romance I highly recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own. 


Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith October 27, 2016

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In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea and falling in love. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

About the Author

Keely Brooke KeithKeely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) andAboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

Guest Post from Keely Brooke Keith

The Uncharted series has a past…

The Uncharted storyline begins in the 21st Century in a hidden land that was settled in the 1860s by Americans. Throughout the Uncharted books, the characters refer to their founders’ history. Soon after the release of The Land Uncharted, readers expressed their desire for more. Why did the founders leave America in 1860? How did they plan the group migration? Where did they believe they were going? How did they establish what is now a fascinating culture?

I too was drawn by the founders’ story. When I set out to write it, I enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them, not only for the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t. I became swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision.

The result is Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media, 2016).

Join the founders as they embark on their voyage to an uncharted land.

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October 20: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

October 21: 1994

October 21: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

October 22: A Greater Yes

October 22: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

October 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

October 24: cherylbbookblog

October 24: Through the Open Window

October 25: History, Mystery & Faith

October 26: I Hope You Dance

October 26: Mary Hake

October 27: Genesis 5020

October 27: Blossoms and Blessings

October 28: A Readers Brain

October 29: Singing Librarian Books

October 29: Bigreadersite

October 30: Christian Chick’s Thoughts

October 31: Bibliophile Reviews

November 1: Pause for Tales

November 1: Karen’s Krayons

November 2: Proverbial Reads

November 2: Seasons of Opportunities



In honor of her tour, Keely is giving away The Uncharted Series ebooks! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!


My thoughts:

You never know how a book will be when you have never read the author’s work before. I have to say, I would definitely read Keely’s work again.

She has written a story full of well-developed characters and a very interesting plot.

From the beginning I was captivated for the story. Jonah is facing trouble. If he leaves he could get into even more trouble yet he doesn’t want his family to leave without saying goodbye, so he takes a chance. Now what will happen?

Marian is a sweet young woman who is looking forward to the journey she is about to go. She is very concerned about her mother and her pregnancy which shows her kindness. She is drawn to Jonah immediately.

I also loved the idea of these people leaving to settle in a new colony. How scared and brave they were.

If you love historical romance I have no doubt you will be pleased with this book.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.