Bethany Colburn is finally allowed to court and Everett Foster is ready to confess his love for her. As the outside world closes in on the Land, a new man arrives in the village of Good Springs. He brings charm Bethany has never encountered and illness the Land has never known. While the medicinal power of the gray leaf tree is put to the test and the Colburn family’s strength is stretched thin, Bethany must choose between the love of her life and the intriguing new man. But nothing will matter if the Land is invaded.
Book Three in the ground-breaking Uncharted series, Uncharted Inheritance weaves heartbreak and hope while delivering long-awaited answers in this suspenseful story of life in a hidden land. If you like the rural setting and wholesomeness of Amish Fiction but are looking for something new, buy Uncharted Inheritance today to jump into this original adventure.
Praise for Uncharted Inheritance
"A unique concept, a mix of science fiction and historical romance, and it works... an original concept that reflects Christian values without being preachy." --The Christian Manifesto
I’ve read the first two books in the Uncharted series, so was looking forward to this final book. I’d been anticipating Justin’s arrival in The Land since the end of the first book, so it was good to finally see that happen. However, it didn’t quite live up to expectations, although that’s probably my fault. The earlier books had implied Justin and Connor were good friends, so I was expecting them to have similar values, if not similar personalities. They didn’t, and I think it would have been better if perhaps those differences had been signaled in the earlier books—it would have added to the tension and conflict. The conflict which had been signaled—that of Justin’s illness and arrival—was solved too easily; however, another conflict was introduced.
The other think I would have liked to have seen more of in the earlier books was Bethany and her gift. We are told her gift, an unusually developed sense of empathy, is why she befriends Justin, because she sees he’s lonely in The Land, but the reason felt like it came out of nowhere. The gift of empathy is a great idea, and provided some good internal conflict, but the suddenness made it feel a little contrived.
However, downplaying the potential external conflict around an epidemic and introducing Bethany’s gift gave the author the opportunity to explore a different side of Bethany: her innocence and curiosity. This internal conflict was probably stronger as Bethany was forced to learn a lesson we all have to learn (especially innocent teenage girls from conservative homes), that not all men are gentlemen. While several people tried to tell Bethany this, she didn’t take it well similar to other teenage girls I have known over the years. This made Bethany more of a complex character, and meant her character journey was driven by her internal conflict—which I find more satisfying as a reader.
In contrast, Justin and Everett were perhaps less complex, as their role was to be the opposites Bethany had to choose between. Everett, in particular, seemed to be reacting more to external events (Justin and Bethany), rather than facing his own internal journey. While the main focus of the plot was Bethany’s internal journey, it would have been good to know the men in a bit more depth.
The writing was solid—not strong, but solid. There were some minor editing glitches, but no more than I saw in the last two books I read (one from a major CBA publisher, and one from a digital-first imprint of a major ABA publisher). One thing that bugged me was the too-long paragraphs—some were over a page long even when viewed on the smallest font size my Kindle could offer (which made them two or three pages long at the font size I prefer to read with). This was mostly interior monologue, and the lack of paragraphing made these parts drag for me. Authors, white space is your friend.
Overall, while this wasn’t my favorite of the series, I’d still recommend Uncharted Inheritance to people looking for fiction with an original concept that reflects Christian values without being preachy. It would make a good Young Adult (or New Adult) read, or for someone who enjoys Amish fiction because they like the “traditional” setting and values but is looking for something different.