Monday, April 11, 2011

No Safe Haven by Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse

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 Andie and 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.

My review:
I was sent this book to review and for some reason it didn't look that interesting to me, so I set it aside until later. My sister read it and raved about it, so this evening I picked it up to read, and read clear through to the end. How wrong I was!

This is the first book by this mother and daughter writing duo, and they hit a home run. The book is written in both the first and third person point of view, with it always showing whose point of view is being shown.

The suspense starts immediately in the prologue and does not let up. Sabotaged planes, men out to kill the hero and heroines of the story, injuries, and a dangerous health issue all add up to make this a very exciting book. As with the teen aged half of this writing duo, the young girl in the book suffers from a disorder that leaves her unable to feel pain and the inability to regulate body temperature. They talk a lot in the book how to deal with that and the dangers that someone with that condition encounters.

There is also romance and espionage. I really, really loved this book and could not put it down. It has everything I love in a good book, and the authors stayed true to it being Christian fiction, and had God working throughout the story. I am thankful I had the honor to read and review this book and am looking forward to the authors' next release.

About the authors:

Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician approaching life with a positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouses received an amazing gift through the ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.

Kayla Woodhouse is a teenage author whose life-altering medical condition (a nerve disorder that prevents the body from regulating its temperature or sensing pain) has not stopped her love for swimming. She is home schooled and has an adventure blog called Dragon Claws, Dog Paws, Swimming Laws.

Read an article about Kayla at

No Safe Haven is available from Broadman & Holman Publishing.
Thanks to Broadman & Holman for the review copy.