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Friday, September 20, 2013


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.
Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.  And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.
One of her favorite quotes is..."Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."  William Wordsworth.
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When her friend goes missing, 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.
My Thoughts:  Stranded is the third book in Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series.  Each book in the series tells the story of a different McKenna sibling.  Pettrey's books, while not being "preachy", clearly and honestly tell of each sibling's unique struggle and growth in their faith.  Stranded tells Gage's story. His is a story full of adventure, suspense, mystery and relationships. I was encouraged by Darcy's faith in the midst of very trying circumstances and how her fear didn't overcome her faith. I have fallen in love with the McKenna family.  Pettrey does an exceptional job of continuing the McKenna's story from one book to the next without re-telling too much of the previous story.  The book could be read as a stand alone novel, but I would recommend catching up with Submerged and Shattered, the previous two books in the series, in order to experience the depth of the McKenna's story.  This series is most certainly taking its place on my keeper shelf!  
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. 

Happy Reading,