Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stranded, by Dani Pettrey | Blog Tour Review


Stranded (Alaskan Courage #3) 


When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

Stranded is the third book in author Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series of inspirational romantic suspense books.  It is not essential that the books be read in order, however.  Stranded can be read as a stand-alone, as I did, without becoming lost or confused about story lines or character development from previous books.  

The three (so far) Alaskan Courage books tell the tale of the McKenna family.  Each book spotlights a particular family member.  In Stranded, Gage McKenna is featured.  He and Darcy St. James first met in  Book #2, Shattered (which I have since purchased, so I can catch up on their back story and read about Piper McKenna, Landon Grainger and Reef McKenna).  

I liked Stranded very much.  The genre is a bit of a switch for me — I usually read ordinary romantic suspense that is uninspiring.  In ordinary romantic suspense, all of the suspense in the story line revolves around solving the mystery.  In inspirational romantic suspense, Stranded included, the suspense is divided between: a) How will the mystery be solved?  Whodunit?   and b) Will the non-Believer(s) be brought to Christ?  

Author Dani Pettrey handled the inspirational aspect very well.  I have read other inspirational mysteries in which the Christian message was too heavy-handed, thus only attracting readers who are Believers, and defeating (or so it seems to me) one purpose of the genre.  The spiritual message in Stranded is not overwhelming, so that a reader "on the fence" could be drawn to know Christ for him/herself.
Dani Pettrey's world building, character development, scene descriptions and dialogue are all outstanding.  She made me wish I could live in Yancey, Alaska, just so I could be neighbors with the McKenna family (except it gets cold there in the winter, so maybe I had better stay in South Carolina).  She made me wish I was on the Bering with Darcy and Gage (except there were people dying, so maybe I had better stay in South Carolina).  

I recommend Stranded to all readers of romantic suspense, especially to fans of inspirational romantic suspense, and grant it my Four Kitty seal of approval.

Silenced, book #4 of the Alaskan Courage series, will be published in May, 2014. 

Note:  I received an ARC of Stranded from the publisher, with no expectation of a positive review.

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daniAuthor Dani Pettrey

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 one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.

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