Dani has done it again! It honestly amazes me the variety in each one of her stories. You honestly cannot predict what is going to happen based on the previous stories you have read in the series. Oh yes, you can predict that you will be pulled into the story from the very first page, that you will bite your fingernails and stay up late because of the suspense and simply "needing" to find out what happens next, and that you will be cheering the characters on (or wanting to give them a good kick) in terms of both solving the mystery and finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. However, the timing of significant events, the pace of the romance and the type of mystery is different in each one so you literally don't know when or how things are going to occur. For me, this is what separates this fantastic series from many other suspense fiction series.
I enjoyed Gage and Darcy's story and loved how Dani included the outdoor adventure activities more so in this one than the others. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept you glued and guessing as to who the baddies actually were and what was going to happen next. Stranded also has some exciting new news about Jake that is not only going to rock Kayden, but you as well!
I LOVE this series that features the McKenna family and their friends. The Alaskan location is wonderful and "refreshing" as not a lot stories feature the winter climate. Darcy St. James and Gage McKenna are the featured/lead characters this time around. Their story is pretty special. I was totally engaged with their story. All the characters are well developed and believable. Story itself moved along at a good pace. I can't wait for the next book in this great series!
Publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and give my opinion and review.
Stranded is the third book in the Alaskan Courage Series by Dani Pettrey. For those of us that have been waiting, this is Gage and Darcy's story.
Darcy St. James has received a desperate call from an old friend that needs her help, but when she arrives she finds that Abby has disappeared from the cruise ship she has been working on as an undercover investigative reporter. Not believing the "official" story about Abby disappearance, Darcy begins her own investigation and finds, much to her disbelief as well as her relief, that Gage McKenna has been hired as the excursion director.
I was really looking for word to Gage and Darcy's story and for the most part I was not disappointed. This story was a whole lot better than I thought it was going to be, especially when we find out what the true motive was.
To be perfectly honest, when we first met Darcy in Shattered I really didn't care for the character. However, after finding out more of her backstory, her actions and reactions made more sense. I found that not only was she tenacious, but desperately loyal to someone who wasn't family, and had little contact with over the last three years. I found that very refreshing.
If you have read either of the first two books, you have found that we got a glimpse into why Gage struggles with God. In Stranded we finally get to read about the final outcome. I liked Gage's story. The fact that he is honest enough to admit to both God and himself about his anger.
The story itself was intriguing. It tackles one major issue in today's world and while the story is fiction, it could have a touch of reality. We get to learn a lot of kayaking and Jack's story gets revealed.
The only major problem that I had with the book were the parts where Darcy breaks into the cruise directors office, not once, but twice, trying to find out more about Abby's disappearance. Last time I looked B & E was illegal so that raises the question, as a Christian, does the end ever justify the means? Also the fact that Darcy wasn't even bothered by the fact that she doing something illegal. Oh I know this is fiction and it was meant to move the plot along, but it bothers me that this type of thing could be included in Christian fiction.
Overall this was a remarkable book that once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down.
I really enjoyed this next book in the Alaskan Courage series from Dani Pettery. I loved Darci's return and Gage's spiritual growth in this installment. The mystery keeps you guessing for a while, but this one was a little slower paced for me until a high suspense and dangerous scene would be thrown into the mix! I did get a little frustrated with the naivete of the characters. At times this led them to fall for things and land in dangerous situations that could have been prevented, but they did add to the suspense of the story. :) I really love how Dani writes about God and her characters relationship with Him; also pointing out that we can't control what others do. There were a few things that I wish had ended differently especially with her friend, but the overall book was a good read. I LOVE all of the McKenna siblings and I really loved how more was revealed about Jake's past! ;) Excitement, betrayal, adventure, danger, and mystery, await you!
Songs: "Carry Me" by Josh Wilson,
"Softly And Tenderly" by Alan Jackson,
and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" by Randy Travis
( and here's two more that I saw on Dani's list and thought "Oh yeah those really go"! ;) )
"Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies]" by Chris Tomlin
and "Bless The Broken Road (Remastered Version)"
by Rascal Flatts
P.S. And one thing I really enjoy about Dani Pettery is she has her own soundtracks for her books!!!
Here's where you can find them!
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
Psalm 93:4, Psalm 56:3
*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in now way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Stranded. ~ASC
Stranded brings Bailey Craig back to Alaska to help her former partner solve a mystery. But when she arrives, her partner is missing. She'd sworn off investigative journalism, but Abby's plea for help was something she could not refuse. As she boards the cruise ship, she runs into Cole McKenna, her long ago boyfriend - his company has been hired to provide Extreme Adventures for the guests of the cruise line. Their relationship, once deepening, becomes strained as Cole is convinced that Bailey is once again the penultimate investigative journalist - no matter who gets hurt. The entire McKenna clan gets involved, but will the key players be left stranded?
This series is a must read! You'll want all of the books now and will be anxiously awaiting the release of the fourth. Dani Pettrey has a hit with the Alaskan Courage Series!