I’ve read a few favourable reviews of books written by Dani Pettrey, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review her latest release, ‘Stranded‘, which is the third book in her ‘Alaskan Courage’ series.
Here is the book jacket blurb:
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.
This book hooked me in right from the first page. It was action packed and full of mystery and romance. The connection between Darcy and Gage was electric and these two characters were very well developed (although without the cover picture I would have had difficulty picturing what Darcy looked like until later in the book). Gage McKenna runs an adventure business offering cruise ship passengers the opportunity to get up close and personal with Alaska. I felt as though I were one of the passengers on the adventure tour, experiencing the sights and getting to know the various members of the McKenna family who all had their own personal story (these are featured in Pettrey’s earlier books in the Alaskan Courage series). Unfortunately I also felt like a bit of an outsider, not knowing some of the back-story, which serves me right for reading the third book in a series and not reading right from the start. Having said that, I’m now really curious to go back and read the earlier stories.
Let’s get back to the romance. [SPOILER ALERT] From the start there was a strong physical connection between the two lead characters, and so many “will they kiss/won’t they kiss” moments that kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen between them. It was funny though because when they actually did kiss I almost missed it – I had to go back and re-read the paragraph to find it.
I like Christian fiction books that don’t shy away from talking about God and what it means to truly be a Christian. I felt this book had a great message of hope for those who are suffering or who think God has deserted them.
This book was also a good length – it took me less than 5 hours to read, which is good because nothing else much got done while I was reading it 🙂
I highly recommend this series, but I suggest starting with Book 1 ‘Submerged‘ so you can follow the characters from the start.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.