I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a gripping, action adventure novel. This is a great book for so many reasons. First it's written by an amazing mother-daughter team. Kayla is 13 years old and writes the POV of the 12 year old girl who has the same nerve disorder she has. Making Kayla's condition part of the story brought a depth of emotion, suspense and drama to a whole new level. Not only were Andi and her mom running from men determined to wipe them out but there was an urgency to get Andi to a safe place to stabilize her condition.
This book gripped my heart from the start as the action exploded from the very first page, literally. Jenna and Andi try to find help and piece together what happened as the reader is doing the same. Not only were the main characters Cole, Andi and Jenna running from the enemy, they were also battling Mother Nature and all she had to dish out: snow storms, frost bite, avalanches, and dropping temperatures that messed with their ability to get a grip on the side of the Alaskan mountains as they climbed to safety.
Jenna tries to explain her daughter Andi's medical condition to their pilot Cole. He says, "She's a real dare devil, huh?"
"Oh, you have no idea. Take a stubborn child, and remove the fear factor. Think about it. If you have no fear of consequences - mainly pain- you'd try just about anything."
Kayla adds much to the story and gives the reader an insight into her condition they never would have had other wise. Andi's dialogue, spunk, and her passionate relationship with Jesus added intensity, tension and gave an urgency of their rescue.
This compelling story had me holding my breath, biting my nails and up until the wee hours of morning seeing who would survive. No Safe Haven has it all danger, suspense, romance and characters I cared about long after I finished reading the last page.
This is an engaging, faith-building story written by a dynamic mother-daughter writing duo you won't want to miss. I'm anxiously awaiting this team's next book called, "Race Against Time." After reading No Safe Haven, you'll be looking for it too!
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First off I want to thank LibraryThing Early Reviewers for sending me this book to review and secondly I want to give a BIG 2 thumbs up to the Woodhouse mother/daughter team for writing such a good, exciting and Christ-centered book!!! I will look forward to reading your next book when it comes out, so keep up your excellent work!
Janna and Andie Tikaani-Gray are trying to make a fresh start after losing their husband/dad in a terrible car accident. But things start to go terribly wrong when on a small plane flying home to Alaska their loyal pilot seeks to sabotage their small plane. If not for the passenger riding along next to the pilot, no one would probably have lived. But because of Cole Maddox, the last-minute passenger, they are alive and stranded on the top of a remote mountain with a winter storm headed their way and possibly more men out to kill the two ladies. Cole seems to know what is going on, but can they really trust him with their lives? And why are there people who are after Jenna and Andie??
I liked so many things about this story. I liked the way it kept the time and place and the thoughts of each character in short segments throughout the story. I liked the "spunk" that little Andie had and her trusting nature, her love for people and concern for their eternal abode. She was a young girl who had alot she could have complained about and been angry about, but she had a beautiful way of trusting God and being happy with who she was. I also liked the way this family had an impact on Cole and the struggles he had and how you could understand where these people were coming from and went through their struggles with them.
There was alot of action, adventure, suspense and I liked the way Colleen Coble summarized this book, it is "a nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I think that really sums up what you will find when you read this story. It was hard for me to put this book down, so block out some time to enjoy!
No Safe Haven by Kimberly & Kayla Woodhouse is a action-packed suspense novel with a lot of faith. Jenna Tikaani-Gray is finally starting to rebuild her life with daughter Andie. After the death of her husband Marc a year ago and Andie's brain surgery, the closely bonded mother and daughter are returning to their home in Alaska to make a fresh start. A mysterious stranger named Cole asks for a ride on their private plane, and when Jenna wakes up from a nap midflight, she sees Cole and pilot Hank fighting over a gun. When they incapacitate each other, she is forced to try to fly the plane herself, but it has been sabotaged, and they soon crash into the slopes of Mount Sultana. Soon Jenna and Andie are in the fight for their lives, and Cole seems to be the only one who can save them, but his mysterious past with Marc casts doubt on whether they can trust him, and Andie's severe medical problems add to the danger. The Woodhouses gained fame on an episode of Extreme Home Makeover, when daughter Kayla's illness created a need for a new home. Kayla and Andie share their illness: the inability to regulate their body temperature and to feel pain. Incorporating this illness into the story ratchets up the tension considerably. The narration in the story alternates between Jenna, Cole and bad-guy Leaper (in third person) and Andie (in first person). The change in narration flows smoothly, but Andie is the most enjoyable narrator as the authors do a remarkable job of portraying the mind of a twelve-year-old girl. The story itself is fairly standard, but the bond between Jenna and Andie, the character of Andie, and using Alaska as the setting all elevate this story to truly enjoyable and compelling.
Woodhouse & Woodhouse plumb incredible emtoinal depths in this heart-pounding--and heart-breaking story about Jenna and Andi trapped in the Alaskan mountains. Themes of trust and redemption are interwoven so gracefully and artfully they don't overwhelm or feel contrived. This awesome mother-daughter team absolutely floored me with their ability to capture so much action/adventure/romance/heart/personality--you name it--with so little effort. Definitely a team to watch!