Stranded (Alaskan Courage, Book 3)

by Dani Pettrey

Paperback, 2013



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Bethany House Publishers (2013), 346 pages


"While investigating a friend's disappearance, Darcy St. James discovers a dangerous operation--and becomes its next target. The McKennas need to find her before it's too late"--Provided by publisher.


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Physical description

346 p.; 8.5 inches


0764209841 / 9780764209840

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LibraryThing member georgiapeach47
I love mysteries and when I saw this was in Alaska I had to have it to read. Just had taken a cruise there and loved it. So beautiful.

Dani Pettrey is a Christian writer which I loved. I have never read any of her books before, but she is going on my list of author's to

read. I found her to
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interesting and has a way of pulling you into the story. The book will take you for a ride. I found it quite a easy


Darcy St. James is a reporter. Her friend Abby has contacted her and has asked for help on a artificial she is writing. Darcy agrees to

meet her friend in Alaska, but when she arrives she finds her friend missing. Then the story takes off. There is romance thrown in along

with excitement and mystery. What more can you ask for.

The characters are wonderful and you feel like you have known them for a long time. I look forward to reading Miss Pettrey' s other books.

Anyone would that loves mystery will love this book.
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LibraryThing member macnoid
Having enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, I was delighted to read another book about the McKenna family! This book is like her other 2, in that it is fast moving and suspenseful, and hard to put down! Darcy St Clair takes a job with a luxury cruise line at the desperate request of her old
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partner & friend, Abby, who needs help on an undercover case. Abby disappears the day after Darcy arrives, and since they only met very briefly, Darcy has no idea what Abby was investigating. And she doesn't buy the explanation that Abby just quit and left. She knows something isn't right, & will stop at nothing to find her friend, even though she may be putting herself in danger. It so happens that the McKennas have also contracted with the same luxury liner to provide Alaskan excursions. So, she meets up again with Gage McKenna, and the attraction is still there for both of them. The story is fast moving as suspicion is cast on various crew members, so it's hard to tell who the bad guys are, and if they are trusting the right people, which adds to the suspense! When it becomes chillingly clear what Abby had uncovered, the danger to those investigating increases. Jake, the somewhat mysterious man who works for the McKennas who has always roused Kayden's suspicions, has his story exposed, thanks to Darcy. His help and insight once again moves the case along.
Amazing that so much action can be packed into a relatively short book! There could have been more character development, more dialog, and more detail into the story, but sometimes a short suspense book is satisfying! All is revealed at the end, but you'll have to read the book to find out for yourself!
I do hope there will be more McKenna stories to come!
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LibraryThing member milibrarian
Darcy St. James is hired to report on the adventure expeditions offered on an Alaskan cruise; but she is really there at her friend Abby's request to investigate some sinister happenings among the passengers. Abby disappears, however, before she can clue Darcy in on what she suspects.

At the same
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time, the McKenna family's business has been hired to lead the adventure expeditions, forcing Gage and Darcy together again and causing sparks to fly. As Darcy seeks to find her friend, Gage tries to protect Darcy from impending danger.

This is Pettrey's third romantic suspense Christian novel, and part of the Alaskan Courage series. It is not necessary to read the previous two to enjoy this one. It will appeal to readers of Dee Henderson's O'Malley family series.
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LibraryThing member csp17
Stranded is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey. Readers don't need o have read the previous books in the series to read this book. It was a quick and pleasant read. It is a Christian romantic suspense novel. It does not get too hard and gritty, though the subject matter is
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not light either. Overall, it was a light read and not heavy-handed when incorporating Christian beliefs through the various characters. I think that the book could have stood to be a bit longer to continue the storyline, to maybe go into more depth into the main characters, but it is still a very good read as it is as well.
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LibraryThing member SusanGibsonSnodgrss
I was provided with an early copy of this book and it was such a treat to have it so soon.

I have read all of Dani Pettrey's books and enjoyed every single one. This one was no exception.

She is telling the stories of the McKenna family who run an adventure store in Alaska. I love the setting, too,
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because I live in the deep south and it's very interesting learning about new places. She describes it in great detail and I do see the beauty of Alaska.

Each book deals with a different sibling and the good news is there are two more to go! Yay!

This one is Gage's book. Darcy St. James, who made an appearance in the last book and got on Gage's last nerve, is back. She is undercover as an adventure journalist on a cruise ship. Her friend has been working undercover as well and has gone missing. Darcy is determined to find out what happened to her friend. She discovers that Gage McKenna is also on board leading excursions into the wilderness for the cruise.

Gage is very disappointed to see that Darcy is on board the cruise at the same time as himself. He wonders how he can avoid her.

However, both these individuals find themselves increasingly drawn to each other, despite their attempts to avoid that very thing. Gage is not a believer and Darcy can't form a lasting relationship with a believer.

Meanwhile, nefarious goings on abound and very soon Darcy and Gage are drawn into the fray. What in the world is going on with this cruise ship and others like it? Why are so many people vanishing from the ships? Who can they trust?

Dani Pettrey takes us on a thrill of a ride with this one, probably her best yet. I was on tenderhooks the last third of the book wondering what was going to happen and who the crook/s were.

We also meet up with most of the rest of the McKenna family again and it was such a delight to see them again. I think I know which sibling will feature in the next book. I'm so sorry I have to wait another year for that book, though.

Do yourself a favor and go get this book. It's worth every cent and every minute you spend reading it.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
I really enjoyed the opportunity to read this next book in this series. It is a page turner to see how things will work out between Darcy and Gage. It is a great example of going the extra yard and overcoming your fears. I would highly recommend this book as well as the others in the series.
LibraryThing member Nise
The first two books in this series, Submerged and Shattered were page turning delights. I was looking forward to Darcy and Gage's story in this third installment. The suspense and investigation of Darcy's missing friend overshadowed their romance and I was a bit disappointed. The action and
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adventure was non-stop and well written - it kept me glued to the pages to find out what happened to Abby. I found myself more interested in Kayden and Jake and hope they get their own story.
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LibraryThing member sdbookhound
Stranded is the third book in a series. It is not necessary to have read the other two books, but it does make it more enjoyable to know some of the story behind the characters. I enjoyed the setting of Alaska and would have liked to learn more about it through the book. Although this is a romantic
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suspense novel, I did not find the suspense heart stopping and it was somewhat predictable. This Christian fiction novel lived up to everything I expect from a book of its kind and I will recommend it to friends who enjoy this type of book.
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LibraryThing member ChicGeekGirl21
I was not a fan of this book. If you haven't read the earlier books in the series (I have not), you will be confused, as the author dives right in without giving much introduction to the characters or backstory on the McKenna siblings. Also, I know this is a Christian novel, but the way the bad
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guys acted (not bad or villainous enough) seemed really fake to me.
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LibraryThing member DynamicUno
If you have not read the first two books in this series (Submerged #1 and Shattered #2) you're going to want to read them before you read this book because the McKenna family members are interwoven and you're going to want to know their history, although it is not a "must," as the author does give
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some background on the characters that reappear. (I just love to know the background before I read because it makes the story that much richer. But, that's just my opinion.)

Darcy St. James, a reporter we meet in book #2, was supposed to meet her friend Abby, an undercover reporter with a huge story she needs help in investigating. Unfortunately, when Darcy boarded the cruise-ship "on assignment, Abby did not appear for their meeting. After attempting to contact Abby and finding her room cleared of personal belongings, Darcy begins to realize that not everything on the ship is as it seems. Especially when she hears that a woman fell overboard the night before and no one on the crew seems to think Abby's disappearance is unusual.

To top it off, Darcy runs into Gage McKenna, and finds that he has been hired to take passengers on adventure excursions for the cruise company. Stamping down her feelings for Gage, she confides in him about her friend and together they try to track down the "real story" behind Abby's disappearance.

Missing passengers, dangerous adventure excursions, a touch of romance, and a huge plot twist will have you devouring this book as quickly as possible! I truly cannot wait for the 4th book in the Alaskan Courage series because I know it's going to be phenomenal!
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LibraryThing member mattidw
I loved this book but I expected I would because I have loved the other two books in the series. I can't wait until the next book comes out because I love the characters and I am going to be sad when this series is over. In this book to get to follow along with Darcy & Gage as Darcy tries to find
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her friend that went missing on cruise ship. This book kept me on my toes and I couldn't stop reading it until I finished it because I had to know how it ended and what ended up happening in the book.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Looking for an attention-keeping book for your daily commute or exercise routine? Then check out book 3 in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series, Stranded. This audiobook is perfect for the woman on the go who likes a suspenseful slant to her romances.

The McKenna family, along with their friends,
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are back for more adventure when they sign up to lead extreme excursions for a cruise line. Darcy St. James is also on board trying to determine what happened to her friend and fellow investigative reporter, Abby. Sparks fly between Darcy and Gage as they rub each other the wrong way, as well as develop a deep attraction. The story turns sinister as evidence points to more missing women.

Pettrey has great characters in her McKenna family. Each is his/her own person with definite opinions and attitudes. The family’s interactions are interesting and believable. In this book, Gage McKenna is front and center in his reluctant relationship with reporter, Darcy McKenna. At the beginning of the book, Gage is a non-believer who blames God for the death of his infant son. But Darcy’s witness and events force Gage to reevaluate his stance. Characters who are believers — Piper and Darcy — are not afraid to share their faith, yet are never in-your-face. Their’s is a natural witness lived out in both words and actions. Prayer plays a large role in the book, with God’s interaction in the characters’ lives crucial for the story’s progression and the characters’ growth.

Because this is book 3 in a 5 book series, there is plenty more to develop between Gage and Darcy, and, I hope, between Jake and Kayden McKenna. I am definitely looking forward to more from Pettrey and her McKenna family.


Audience: older teens and adults.
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LibraryThing member AddictedToMorphemes
by Dani Pettrey
#3 Alaskan Courage
Audio narrated by Christina Moore

Darcy St. James is asked to join her friend, Abby, on an undercover assignment aboard an Alaskan cruise liner, the Bering. They had previously worked together as investigative journalists and although they hadn't been in
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touch for some time, they had been the best of friends in the past. After a quick greeting as Darcy boarded the ship, they had to part quickly before they could discuss the assignment due to an excursion with cruise passengers Abby needed to take part in. Unfortunately, she didn't return. After discovering that a female passenger had fallen overboard but had been rescued, and the cruise line refusing to say who it was, Darcy starts to fear that it may have been Abby and begins an investigation of her own, all the while trying to hide the fact that she and Abby are friends. She doesn't know what kind of complicated tangle Abby may have found herself in and is afraid that whatever she was investigating may have a connection to her disappearance.

Darcy discovers that a man she last saw a few months ago, Gage McKenna, is also employed by the Bering, his family business has a temporary contract with the cruise line overseeing adventure excursions, some on the ship itself (climbing wall, etc.) but mainly kayaking and overnight camping packages. They have some sort of vague romantic past that ended seemingly because Gage was grieving for a lost child and Darcy's strong Christian faith rubbed him the wrong way as he was still in the mindset of believing it was God who took his child from him. In spite of that, they both are still drawn to each other, and Gage is pulled in (partly due to protectiveness and partly due to Darcy's unrelenting bullheadedness) to help Darcy find her friend.

This falls into the Christian/cozy mystery genre with a clean romance thrown in. The mystery part was okay; however, I found the whole story rather boring because it was d...r...a...w...n out too much. I had a hard time believing that Darcy was ever a real journalist because she was dim as a burned-out light bulb. She had no sense of self preservation and no skill at judging peoples' character. Her method of coaxing people to say more was to just repeat back what they said to her. The only thing she was good at was being a bulldog about asking questions long after people were irritated with her. She had no boundaries. She was bossy and pulled Gage around by the nose. By the end, I didn't like her and I had little respect for Gage.

For those looking for a good clean Christian read, you'll like this. I'm of that faith myself, but I was still a little put off by the proselytizing, so fair warning to those whom that subject may make uncomfortable. My overall opinion of this book is that it was so-so, so take that for what it's worth. I read a lot of grittier suspense novels, so this one probably just needs the right audience.
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LibraryThing member MandaT
When Darcy's best friend, Abby, asks Darcy to join her on her latest undercover mission, Darcy decides to go to help out her friend. Darcy is registered on the cruise ship as an adventure journalist. Abby has told Darcy to meet with her the first night in order to discuss the real reason they are
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both on this cruise. But when Darcy's friend goes missing on the cruise ship, she must discover the truth and rescue her friend before it's too late. When she learns that her friends, the McKennas, are
in charge of the adventure excursions for the ship, she enlists their help to find her friend. Darcy and Gage still have a lot to figure out with their relationship, but right now all that Darcy can focus on is getting Abby back.

I was excited to read this third book of the Alaskan Courage series, and it did not disappoint! There was just as much action and adventure in this book as the rest of the series. I am not a fast reader by any means and was able to finish this book in just two days. I did not want to put it down. The plot and story were intriguing, and I just love a good mystery. If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced book to read, make sure to check out this series. It won't disappoint!

**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member Organicshoes
Darcy St. James thought she had left undercover investigating behind, she didn’t like the lifestyle and the lies that went with it but after receiving a call from her old partner she finds there is no other option but to return to the world of undercover reporting aboard a cruise ship where women
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are disappearing. After a day into the trip Darcy’s former partner, Abby, disappears and no one seems to care or be concerned that she is gone. As Darcy prepares to figure out what has happened to Abby, she finds herself in Alaska and working along the McKenna’s once again. With Gage and the rest of the McKenna’s help, Darcy hopes to find Abby, however, someone on board knows that Darcy is getting close and isn’t who she claims to be.

With the third book in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage Series she does not disappoint, this time you get the chance to learn more about Darcy and Gage. You will be glued to the pages of this book! With twists and turns at every corner, add in some danger, a little romance and the McKenna’s and you will not want to put this book down! Pettrey has created deep characters that you can understand and relate to their inner turmoil and their walk and struggles with their faith.

The Alaskan Courage Series is one you do not want to miss! You will fall in love with the McKenna’s and feel like they are a member of your family!

This book is a must read!!

I received this book complimentary from the publisher though netgalley from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member Jane.Reads
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
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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-Star seal of approval.

{Originally published at Jane Reads}
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LibraryThing member cbcmedia
Reporter Darcy St. James comes back to Alaska in this book, by way of a cruise ship. She is helping her old investigative reporter friend, Abby, undercover something strange going on during these cruises. The only problem, the first night on the ship, Abby goes missing and Darcy is left to try and
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keep her cover while trying to find out what has happened to her friend.

As God has it all planned out, the new excursions company for the cruise line is Gage McKenna’s company. That was not what Darcy was expecting, but she was hoping to see Gage and his family. She hadn’t heard anything from him since she left months earlier.

The mystery surrounding the cruise ship and young women disappearing keeps you going until the end and it’s full of surprises. Gage and Darcy are drawn to each other and we even get a peak at Jake and his mysterious past that everyone has been so eager to discover.

This is a great book, showing that in all things God can work for good, not all things turn out the way we want them, but when we turn ourselves over to God, the peace He gives will help us through anything that comes our way.
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