Author: Kelly Nelson
Publisher: Walnut Springs
Published: February 2012
Paperback - 312 pages
FTC FYI: I was gifted an audio copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Chase Harper's to-do list for senior year never included "fall in love" and "fight for your life," but things rarely go as planned. Tarnished gold and resembling a pocket watch, the counter he finds in a cave during the summer of 2011 will forever change the course of his life, leading him to the beautiful Ellie Williams and unlocking a power beyond his wildest imagination. In 1863, Ellie Williams completes school in Boston and returns to the Utah Territory only to discover that her grandfather and his counter, a treasured family heirloom, are missing. When Ellie is abducted and told she must produce the counter or die, an unexpected rescuer comes to her aid.
This book has been on my to-read list for a while, so when I was approached by the author to review an audio copy, I was thrilled. This is the first book I have listened to, and I really enjoyed the change. I listed while I drove around town running errands, and I was taken on an enjoyable ride.
I have a soft spot for books that have Utah settings. The Keeper's Calling starts off in Zions. Chase goes out on his bike, and finds an old relic similar to a pocket watch in a cave. What happens next is an exciting ride that leads him to Ellie. Together they start a journey that doesn't end where they started. The author does a great job of writing a teenage boy. Chase is immediately likable and I found myself cheering for him. Ellie is also a doll, and is fun to watch as she tries to adjust to a different life. This book is very fun and I enjoyed Chase's journey as he figures out how to adjust his life to be a keeper. I was happy with the result of him not staying in the Old West in the beginning and how Chase and Ellie had to adjust to their new circumstances. I also loved what a caring, thoughtful guy Chase was. I also enjoyed how their relationship wasn't instant, it developed in a more realistic way. I thought the jumps into different time periods were very exciting too!
4 out of 5 stars. I am excited to read the rest of the books in the series. Book 4, The Keeper's Council, was just released in January!