In November 1860, Marian Foster joins a group of Virginia families who are sailing away from America to form a new settlement off the coast of Brazil. As an amateur botanist, Marian eagerly anticipates exploring a new land. She boards Providence confident in the group’s plan, but during the voyage, her heart is drawn to Jonah Ashton, the secretive and sullen ship’s physician.
Jonah Ashton is determined to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. When family obligation forces Jonah to take a voyage aboard Providence, he plans to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return home. While aboard Providence, Jonah is beguiled by Marian’s optimistic spirit and finds himself in uncharted territory. Soon Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?
Get swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision in this inspirational story reviewers are calling “a captivating, well-researched, and deftly written tale.” Read Aboard Providence today and embark on an unforgettable voyage.
Brooke Keith (The Land Uncharted) returns to the frontier settlement featured in her previous Uncharted series in this inviting prequel about an expedition from Virginia to Brazil in 1860. Eight Christian families make a plan to pioneer a new, peaceful settlement in Brazil, far from the civil unrest brewing in America after Abraham Lincoln’s election. Jonah Ashton, a medical student studying in Pennsylvania, has been called home to Virginia to join the expedition. But a desire to graduate and clear his name after false allegations are lodged against him creates a conundrum for him. Unwilling to disappoint his father, he devises a plan he believes will allow him to appease his family by going on the trip while also finishing school. Marian Foster, a self-taught botanist who is also part of the expedition, sees the trip as a new adventure full of promise. Despite an immediate attraction, their relationship is hindered by Jonah’s desire to eventually return to Pennsylvania. Brooke Keith’s abundantly detailed and romantic adventure tale features a faithful, colorful cast that face the unknown with grit and determination, making for a fresh and satisfying story. (BookLife)