Monday 23 September 2013

Book review: Stranded

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ISBN# 978 0 7642 0984 0

From the Back:

When Her Friend Goes Missing,
Every Minute Counts

Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.

The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.

He'd love to just forget her--but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

My Reflections:

Mrs. Pettrey, you are one talented writer!
This is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series, and although I have not read the first two I am definitely going to be purchasing them in the near future. I didn't have any problems reading this book as a stand alone story, but feel I would have had better insight in Gage's extended family and the somewhat sudden romance between Gage and Darcy.

I must say going into this book I was like, yep another suspense book (I have read a few this month) But seriously this book was fabulous from chapter one! I loved the characters in this book they were very real to life personalities.

Darcy St. James was not the usual faint of heart lady in distress, sure she was scared at times when faced with peril, but she was determined, loyal and courageous. I found her character to be intricate and engaging, spunky and sweet. Although I didn't like the fact that you catch her telling lies to cover her identity, I am sure that any undercover agent has to tell untruths to protect their families and themselves.

Gage is the manly, outdoorsy guy in this story. He has many trust issues, basically you could say he is complicated and has a lack of self esteem, rightly so after the losses he has endured. His character was so maddeningly real that you just had to see everything turn out right. How many of us hold onto pain and loss, and just can't allow God's healing hand?

So in short I think this book is a must read, but please start from the first book in the series Submerged, then move onto the second Shattered then you will be ready and waiting for this third book Stranded. I know you will not be disappointed!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
  Thank you!

About the Authour:
Dani Pettrey


Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at

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