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Stranded (Alaskan Courage Book #3)
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on 14 May 2015
Abby is on a ship, drugged and then thrown overboard! She is a friend and former co-worker of Darcy St. James, a Christian reporter who we met in Book 2 (Shattered) when she helped the McKenna family prove Reef's innocence after being accused of murder. Darcy has been persuaded by Abby to come on this trip aboard the cruise ship Bering. Darcy knows Abby was investigating something but is still very much in the dark over what. The last call she received from Abby before boarding had been filled with fear which was not like Abby. Up until three years ago they had been partners in the undercover investigative reporting scene so knew each other very well. Darcy had vowed never to return but now finds herself eager to help her former partner. There's just one problem! Darcy cannot find Abby! Finding herself stuck in the elevator, once rescued she learns that the "man overboard" alarm was set off thus shutting down the elevators. Was it Abby? Will anyone tell her what happened?

Meanwhile the Mckenna family (Cole, Gage, Piper and Kayden minus Reef), owners of Last Frontier Adventures, along with Jake and Deputy Sheriff Landon Grainger (Piper's fiance) are involved in a tragic rescue as well as getting ready to meet the Bering in the morning to lead the adventure activities and kayak excursions. Gage is the one that is going to be traveling on the Bering for the duration of the trip whilst the others will meet him at the different ports of call as they head from the outer islands of Alaska to Russia. Gage can still not understand how his family can trust in a God that allows kids to did. Yes, Darcy certainly shook him up a little and he has not been able to get her out of his mind since she left Yancey five months ago. Although Darcy thought/hoped he would have made contact he has not. Imagine his surprise when he meets her on board!

As a side story in this book, Jake has always seemed to be the dark horse. Befriended by the McKennas a few years back, his past has always been something of a mystery and Kayden, in particular, has really been cynical and skeptical towards him, sometimes to the point of rudeness. Darcy, being curious, did some digging and now understands where Jake got some of his investigative skills. (He is an excellent tracker.) Will the truth come out? Is it good or bad?

It takes some convincing on Darcy's part to make Gage understand that Abby's sudden disappearance and then supposed leaving is not normal. What will the two of them discover? As Darcy continues to dig is she putting others lives in danger as well as her own? Who can be trusted? Is Clint a goodie or baddie? What about Ted and George? What will Darcy discover when she has an accident kayaking? How will all this adventure/danger affect Gage's thinking about Christianity and his feelings for Darcy? Is there any hope for them?

Another WONDERFUL book in this Alaskan series. If you have not read the first two I highly recommend you doing so. This story is a stand alone and does have an ending in that the mystery of what is going on is solved but if you want to read more about the McKenna family then you will want to read the last two in the series. It is a Christian series but is not preachy in that it is not on every page. The message of salvation and living the Christian life are very much present. Don't miss this one!
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on 11 March 2015
This book is part of the Alaskan Courage series.

I started reading this book at 11 p.m. last night and stayed up until after 2 a.m. to finish it! I was so intrigued by the drama that was unfolding I just had to see it through in one sitting.

The book focuses on Darcy St. James who is an investigative journalist and has joined a cruise ship at the request of her good friend Abby. Abby is undercover – also a journalist – as she has a story to uncover on board the cruise ship. Abby goes missing and the book follows Darcy as she investigates the goings on behind Abby’s disappearance. She teams up with Gage, a guy she met five months earlier – I do not know if these characters are in the previous books in this series as I haven’t read them – when she was helping out on an investigation for Gage’s family.

There is definitely chemistry between Darcy and Gage but he has a broken heart because his son died and he also got hurt by his ex, a lawyer who uses people to get her own way. He tends to lump Darcy into that category too, although she has tried to make him see that she isn’t like that. He is very untrusting of her, especially as her job requires that she is quite deceitful about her identity and that she also uses people to find out what she needs to know for her story.

The book is pretty action-packed and the reader is compelled to read on to find out what will happen next. I found I could not put the book down!

Well worth a read and highly recommended.

5 stars *****
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on 12 September 2013
If you like classic Dee Henderson (the True Devotion and O'Malley series), then you'll love Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series--Submerged, Shattered and Stranded. I've read all three, and really enjoyed them all. Stranded is the third in a series, but you don't have to read the other two first (although that might help you sort out all the characters--the McKenna family is large and growing).

When Darcy St James gets a call from her college roommate asking for help, she's immediately packed and up to Alaska, taking an undercover job as a journalist on the cruise ship Bering. Abby has arranged to meet her on board, but is nowhere to be found. Darcy thinks the crew members are hiding something, because no one wants to mention Abby--it seems that single women disappear from the ship all the time with no explanation.

Darcy's both relieved and apprehensive when she finds her new job involves working with Gage McKenna, who she met last winter on a journalism assignment in his home town (in Shattered). She's attracted to Gage, but he's not a Christian--but he is trustworthy, and she doesn't know who to trust on the Bering.

Stranded is well-put together, and is a real page-turner, as a romantic suspense novel should be. There are plenty of characters with secrets (always a good sign), and there are some good hints of what might be coming in future books in the series. The characters are all realistic, intelligent and have some personal depth, and the romance between Darcy and Gage is well-played. Pettrey has that enviable skill of making the feelings bounce off the page without specifically telling the reader what is happening. I think that romantic subtext is one of the things that all romance writers should aspire to.

One thing I think is weird: Darcy St James is also the name of the heroine in one of Dee Henderson's books, and Dani Pettrey thanks `Dee' at the end of the book (this might be a random Dee, not Dee Henderson, but Dee Henderson has blurbed Stranded, so it probably is her). It's weird enough to use the name of a character from another well-known book in the same genre; it's very weird if that person is your mentor. I found this jarring, and that's why I haven't rated Stranded five stars.

Especially as Stranded is miles better than Dee Henderson's recent release, Full Disclosure. I've got a review copy of Henderson's next book, Unspoken, and I'm nervous about reading it in case it's like Full Disclosure.

Recommended for those who like romantic suspense from authors such as Susan May Warren, Irene Hannon or Diann Mills.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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on 4 November 2013
I read the final book in the Dani Pettrey series. I liked the story! But the characters I found a little unbelievable at times. For instance kayaking mr muscle who likes to cook, really? If you read the others read this and you'll like the final instalment, but I still think the stories of these rather incredible siblings is unfinished.
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on 14 November 2014
My wife says it's a great read.
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on 5 November 2014
good read
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on 13 October 2014
Excellent
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