Every Minute Counts
Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.
The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.
He'd love to just forget her--but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.
Dani Petrey is a fairly new author on the Christian fiction market, having her first book just come out in May of 2012. In my personal opinion, she is one of the best new authors to have come along in recent years.
She had me hooked with her first book, Submerged, which is also the first book in this series, Alaskan Courage, and she has only gotten better with each book. This third book, Stranded is the best yet. I like it when an author has the same characters in a series, focusing more on different ones in each book, but using them all. In the last book, she started setting up for this book. In Stranded, she picks up Darcy and Gage's story where she left off in Shattered.
Stranded has all of the suspense, drama, great plot and characters, and romance Dani has had in her previous novels, but it is even better than the other two. The setting is on a cruise ship, which I think would be more of a challenge, but Dani shows she can write a great book in any setting.
Dani is one of the authors who is not afraid to make her books Christian and have her characters struggle with issues of faith. I found myself relating a lot to that of Gage in this story, and appreciate her addressing struggles of faith and showing through fiction that not everyone gets it as easily as some of us do.
This book also addresses an issue we all need to be made more aware of: the human trafficking issue.
I could not have enjoyed this book any more than I did. I devoured every page and read it through in the same day I received it in the mail. I give it 5 stars out of 5 stars. This is a Christian suspense masterpiece.
About the author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com.
Thanks to the author and Bethany House for the review copy.