Dani Pettrey has delivered yet another thrilling adventure from the Alaskan Courage series. With a boat-load of fun characters and thrilling adventures, reading this book was a blast. I love how Dani Pettrey kept some of the same characters from previous books. Sure, Stranded is about Gage and Darcy, but the book still had some of the McKenna clan in it. Not as much as I would have liked, but you take what you can get. As far as reading the book, it was phenomenal. Dani Pettrey is such a gifted writer. She really knows how to convey the characters emotions to you. She also makes it seem like the storyline and characters were real. At times, I wish the story would pick up the pace a little, but by absolutely no means was it boring. Also, I thought the underlying story was a bit depressing. As you read it, youll understand, I dont want to give anything away, but at times it was a bit mood-dampening. Not to say that real-life tragedies dont happen, I was just expecting more of a happy vibe like the last one, Shattered. Reading it was, like I say, a blast. If you love the McKenna family (and if you dont something is seriously wrong with you) then hands down, you should give it a try.
I hope you let out a few laughs and find the storyline as inspiring as I did.
Stranded is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series. I love this romantic suspense series, and enjoyed the third book as much as the first two. Although Id recommend you read the books in order for the most enjoyment, this one has enough action and excitement to stand on its own. Each book focuses on one member of the McKenna family. Stranded features Gage, whose romantic interest is Darcy St. James. Gage and Darcy already have some history from the previous book, where they had bid each other farewell and gone their separate waysat least by outward appearance.
The author writes in such a way that as a reader, I felt like I was right there in the story. I love books like this one, where I dont feel like Im just an observer, but I feel as if Im right there in the midst of the action, heartache, or excitement of the current moment. Stranded pulls the reader swiftly through a myriad of emotions and situations.
The faith element in this novel is a major part of the plot, and should give Christian readers an opportunity to ponder our own love and commitment to our friends. Do we really have the heart that Darcy has for her friend, Abby? Although, Darcy does tend to get on my nerves somewhat with her penchant for following her gut instincts, she is certainly focused and driven toward her goals, one of which is seeing Abby become a follower of Jesus. Gage, also, has not made a commitment to Christ, so we again see him battling and trying to come to terms with his past.
There are some great sub-plots, which add interest to the story and give readers an opportunity to know the characters on a deeper level. I love this type of family series, where each book allows the reader to become better acquainted with various members of the core group of characters. Im really looking forward to reading the fourth book. If you enjoy romantic suspense and family sagas, why dont you give this series a try? I think you will be very happy with the Alaskan Courage series.
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.