Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stranded - Alaskan Courage 3 - by Dani Pettrey

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This is a wonderful, suspenseful story about Darcy St. James, a former investigative reporter who gets a call from her former partner for help.  Abby has been working undercover on an Alaskan cruise ship, but she's in over her head.  Darcy sees her only briefly when she arrives, but then she doesn't show up to their meeting and no one's seen her.  As she investigates, the answers she finds lead her to suspect foul play, but what did Abby uncover?   She has no idea what Abby was even investigating.   Darcy runs into another friend on the ship, Gage McKenna, a man she met 6 months ago when she was writing a story in Yancey, Alaska.  He and his siblings run an outdoor adventure company and he just started leading adventure excursions from the same cruise ship.  Though they're both drawn to the other, Darcy is a believer and knows Gage is off-limits because of his bitterness and anger at God, while Gage has his own reasons for trying to stay away.  Will she be able to find her friend and uncover the story?  Will Gage turn to Christ and to her?

I really enjoyed the romance and suspense in this book.  I've been on an Alaskan cruise and it was fun to remember, but also a little creepy in light of the story line.  It's well-written with very likable characters.   I haven't read the first two books in the series and I would recommend you do so first because there was a history between Darcy and Gage that I'm guessing takes place in one or both of the previous books.  I can't wait to pick those up!  The investigation was very interesting, though sometimes I thought Darcy should have suspected or questioned something that Gage seemed to figure out, since she was the investigative reporter. There's one instance of a British swear word being used, which I don't mind as much as others, but still isn't needed. I loved that Darcy had a strong faith and the clear gospel message in the story.  I definitely recommend this book!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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