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But as they were flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who wants to kill them.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)|
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Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.
But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.
Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or AndiÑand they both sense Cole is hiding something.
A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.
Endorsements and Reviews:
"I'd only made it to page 8 when I realized I was holding my breath. Shivers are still traveling up my arms from a story that is both dramatic and heart-warming."
Tricia Goyer, award-winning author
"Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse know how to weave powerful, faith-building, can't-put-down stories - in life and now, brilliantly, in fiction."
Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Nightingale
"A novel of high adventure, exhilarating suspense, powerful divine proteection and enough love to bring tears all around."
Christian Retailing (Top Pick review)
"A thrilling adventure of the heart and mind . . . No Safe Haven is a brilliant start to what will be an unmissable series from this mother and daughter team."
"Romance, suspense, intrigue--Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have crafted a book that has it all. You won't be able to put this one down!"
Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series
"A nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I loved the Alaskan setting and characters. The Woodhouse writing duo is dynamite!"
Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper's Ball and the Rock Harbor series
"Non-stop action from an unforgettable mother/daughter team."
Brandilyn and Amberly Collins, co-authors of the award-winning Rayne Tour Series
"An incredible adventure thriller that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. I look forward to more from this incredible mother-daughter team."
Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series
"Based on personal knowledge and experience, the authors create realistic characters. Alternating perspectives, love, loss and mystery hold the reader’s attention. The authors remind us that faith is simple: All one must do is believe."
RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
"The story is captivating and the action is fast-paced."
KatyTennesseeGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Intrigue and suspenseSeptember 24, 2014KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5No Safe Haven is one of those books that grabs you and pulls you into the story from the very first page, which is great and very exciting. There is so much suspense in not only the precarious situations in which the characters land, but also in the dilemma of who can be trusted, which changes throughout the story. These dangers are all compounded by the medical condition of the young character, Andie.
Most of the story moves along at a fast pace. Each very short chapter is told from the viewpoint of one of the characters, so the reader is privy to the mind and emotions of many characters throughout the novel. I found this aspect of the novel to be very interesting. I think the authors did a good job in connecting the reader to each of the different characters. My favorite character is Andie, who is a preteen. She is feisty and definitely an overcomer. I think she is a great addition to the cast of characters.
Andie and Jenna are both committed Christians, who rely heavily on God for guidance and protection. This spiritual aspect plays a large part in the story.
If you enjoy adventure and suspense with a bit of romance thrown in, I think you will like No Safe Haven.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Thoroughly enjoyableDecember 3, 2011Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Andie and her mother, Jenna, are flying home from a doctor's appointment in Anchorage when the pilot sabotages their small plane. They crash on Sultana, a mountain that is part of the Denali National Park. Stranded with a winter storm on its way, only one man can keep them alive, the mysterious last-minute passenger, Cole. With hidden secrets and killers trying to track them down, no one really trusts anyone. Yet they must trust each other if they are going to survive.
This was an engaging story told from several points of view, including that of Andie, Jenna's teenage daughter. Andie's point of view was written by Kayla Woodhouse, a teenage author and daughter of Kimberly. What a fun thing to write a book with a family member like that. They did an excellent job. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense as Jenna, Andie, and Cole fought to stay alive despite the way the bad guys and nature kept coming at them. And there is an interesting mystery woven into this tale as well. Very well done. Can't wait to read book two!
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting adventure set in AlaskaNovember 10, 2011MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This debut novel by a mother-daughter writing team has all the elements of a riveting story: challenging setting, exciting plot, personable characters, suspense, and romance. Jenna Tikaani-Gray, a native Alaskan, and her 12-year-old daughter, Andie, are flying home from Anchorage to North Pole, Alaska, when their plane mysteriously crashes. Why were their pilot and their last-minute passenger fighting? Whom can they trust? Is someone actually trying to kill them?
Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have pooled their creative writing talents to pen a winning thriller in No Safe Haven, with protagonists similar to them. Kayla lives with the same rare medical disorder as Andie so her insights led credibility. At times Andie sounds quite adultlike, but dealing with such a condition would mature a person. She also steals readers' hearts with her sincere reality, her humor, and her vulnerability. She's so real.
I couldn't read fast enough, yet I didn't want their story to end. I'm glad it's the first of a series. I look for more engaging tales from this dynamic duo.
MooneyVancouver, B.C.Age: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting and enjoyable.July 1, 2011MooneyVancouver, B.C.Age: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Interesting and suspenseful enough to keep you reading. I did figure out where the plot was leading and figured the outcome.
However, I still enjoyed the book. It gives insight to a rare disease and how difficult coping with something noone understands can be.
St. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Who Can You Trust?April 5, 2011St. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A year has passed since the horrific car accident that killed their husband and dad, but Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start after receiving good news about Andie's rare medical disorder. They are returning home to North Pole, Alaska, in their own plane piloted by their friend Hank.
Unbeknownst to Jenna, Hank, a long-time friend of her and her husband, his soldier buddy, has sabotaged their plane. Mid flight, their small plane crashes into Sultana, the most remote and dangerous mountains in Alaska. Without radio or flight communication, they are unaware of a winter storm heading their way. Also unknown are the people who are heading their way and don't want them to survive.
Only one person is available to help Jenna and Andie, and that's their last-minute passenger, Cole Maddox. Who is this man? And can they trust him? Do they have any choice with the circumstances?
The suspense of not knowing the trustworthiness of the unknown passenger, the danger of the monstrous winter storm, and the insidious alliance of unknown killers stalking the Tikaani-Gray family were expertly collaborated together by Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse into one incredible thriller from beginning to end in No Safe Haven!
I absolutely loved the identified points of view by each character, giving me an inside view of their fears, feelings, thoughts, and plans before the others were privy to them-both the group stranded on the mountain and those who intended the eradication of their lives and why.
Kimberley and Kayla build suspense as their characters are hurdled through the medical aspects involving Andie, which can be deadly, their survival on the mountain, their rescue, their safety once safely on ground, albeit the hospital, and the breaches of security. Who can be trusted to keep them safe? The culmination of the story is so mind-boggling, yet realistic. It makes you wonder how the depravity of man can be so hideous.
The book is also educational about the Andie's medical disorder (HSAN). Though she has this disorder, don't underestimate her. She is only twelve, but she is feisty, astute, witty, and full of faith! And she is not shy in sharing her trust in God and salvation. She will win your heart over in a second!
This is not a book to start just before bed, unless you plan to be up into the wee hours of the morning, and then some! It is riveting!
This book was provided by Julie Gwinn, Trade Book Marketing, B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.
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Submitted: July 28, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. KIM: I grew up in a wonderful Christian home, studied music all my life, and went to Bible College where I met my incredible husband, Jeremy. In 2011, well celebrate 20 years of marriage. (Wow. Im really not that old.) Weve served the Lord in full-time ministry ever since Bible College and we have the two coolest kids on earth, Josh and Kayla. KAYLA: My name is Kayla R. Woodhouse, I love Jesus, writing, swimming, reading, and painting. I was twelve years old when Mom and I wrote No Safe Haven. I was born with a rare nerve disorder (there are about 25 confirmed cases in the world) called HSAN, Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy. Basically, I cant feel pain unless it is twenty to thirty times what you would feel, I cant sweat, so, if I were to get too hot I could die or have serious brain damage. (We keep our house at 64 degrees. It used to be even colder than that! My room is always around 60 degrees.)
What was your motivation behind this project? KIM: Well, Kayla and I both love to write suspense and because of all the TV shows weve been on and all the media attention, people are fascinated with Kaylas nerve disorder and the rarity of it. So writing about a mother and daughter who deal with it came naturally. And in fiction, you can put your characters through your greatest fears and triumphs. It's a great way for people to understand HSAN, and a lot of fun for us to write together. KAYLA: The idea to write together actually came from our amazing editor, Karen Ball. And as the idea settled in, Mom and I loved planning out the story and the different characters we would write. You see, I write certain characters, and Mom writes others. We love Alaska, so the story being set there was a no-brainer.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? KIM: A deeper understanding of Trust. The characters in No Safe Haven deal with this on many levels. Trust in loved ones who failed them, trust in each other, trust in God. Doubt, betrayal, and fear play into the hands of each of them as they learn about true trust. And no matter what youve gone through, no matter what youve done, God is always there. With open arms. And even though people may fail us, He wont. Putting your full trust in Himletting Him take control of your lifeis the most wonderful adventure youll ever have. KAYLA: One thing we thought would be cool to have in the book was the daughter having the same disorder as me so people could get a sense of what its like to have HSAN. But as I was writing my character I was able to actually describe how it feels when I overheat. Thats something Ive never been able to do before. We also wanted to get readers to know the dangers of HSAN plus the dangers of being stranded in the wilderness of Alaska. People love reading books set in Alaska and since we lived there we thought it would be cool to have it take place there also. Wed like readers to learn that God is always with us no matter what, and that its awesome and important to have a strong relationship with God and your family members.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? KIM: My daughter is amazing, and writing together has been a gift and a joy. She also keeps me on my toes, and challenges me as a writer. It was fascinating to see her put into words things about her disorder that she'd never been able to explain before. Writing about it was educational for both of us. KAYLA: I realized even more how I can be a willing vessel and be used by God. I love writing, but using those talents wholly and completely for Him is so cool!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? KIM: Tracie Peterson, Donita K. Paul, Colleen Coble. They are all not only favorite authors of mine, but mentors and dear friends. Each of them shaped my writing in huge ways. Ronie Kendig and Carrie Kintz. Ronie writes action better than anyone I know, and she and Carrie are the best crit partners Ive ever had. KAYLA: Donita K. Paul is one of our dearest friends, I think she influenced me not only in person but by her books. Ive read the DragonKeeper Chronicles all the way through seven times! She really inspired me to let my imagination flow. My favorite scene in all of her books is in DragonSpell where Kale is talking to Paladin and she decides to follow him. Tracie Peterson is another great friend of ours and amazing author. Her Ladies of Liberty series influenced me a lot. And she always makes me laugh and encourages us to keep moving on. Ronie Kendig is one of the best writers in the world, and a challenging critique partner! She and her family are awesome and never quit even when things get crazy. Colleen Coble is a fantastic author and is hilarious! We have so much fun together and I love her smiling face. She encourages me to write, write, write! James L. Rubart is one of our newest writer friends, but even though we havent known each other very long his faith is evident and encourages me to live mine more out loud.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: KIM: Kayla and I wrote the book together, but separately. I wrote the POVs (Point of View) scenes of certain characters, and she wrote the others. I wrote the adults, she wrote the kids. What better person to write about a 12-year-old girl with HSAN than a real 12-year-girl with HSAN? And what better person to write about a mom with a child who has a rare disorder, than me? It was fun to bring those characters to life and get on the page the incredible relationship we share as mother/daughter. KAYLA: My first priority is my faith. Nothing is more important than God, Hes the one that gets me through life day to day. I LOVE swimming, my coaches are AMAZING and my team-mates are hilarious. They make me smile and encourage me to go on even though Im different. I want to encourage you to follow your dreams and use your gifts for God.