Yancey, Alaska, was a quiet town-- until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear. A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. Cole is helping the police recover evidence... but dealing with Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. He let her down, but he's not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?
However, that does not save this mystery. My cry to authors of Christian fiction is this: Can we get a meaty story, that is clean? One does not have to sacrifice for the other.
Only Bailey isn't sure how quickly she can find someone willing to buy the store and keep it running just like her Aunt had in the past. Meanwhile she finds herself constantly crossing paths with Cole McKenna, owner of Last Frontier Adventures who she still finds she has feelings for. But with Bailey, she believes that her soiled reputation for being an easy girl in high school is still part of the present with every person she comes in contact with. She wonders just what are they thinking? But Cole has changed from the boy she fell in love with in school, now more seasoned as a certified diver, he was the one that recovered her Aunt's body from the depths of the plane crash.
Only will there be a connection between the recent theft of a diary of a Russian Princess that was taken from the local historical society's display at the library and the reason behind her Aunt's mysterious plane crash? Perhaps the answers lie buried in piles of paperwork awaiting Bailey to be sorted through at shop, if only she can find the time to sort through it all.
In the novel, Submerged by Dani Pettrey, we are introduced into the first book in the Alaskan Courage Series and brought into a bit of suspense and romance as Bailey and Cole fight the tension that has kept them apart but will need to work together if they are to remain alive and solve the mystery surrounding her Aunt's deep dark secret. But there are others that are watching them and the closer they get to finding out answers, the more danger they will both be in.
I received Submerged by Dani Pettrey compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and love the immediate immersion into the storyline. Characters are introduced along the way to pull you along and to allow you to get to know them just like you would a friend you are meeting for the first time. This is one characteristic I love about this writers style is that it's not a lot of information overload in character development all at once. You learn about these characters along the way through the book, what motivates them, their internal weaknesses, and in the end creates a likability that makes them more real than imagined. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the continuing novels to follow in this series.
The suspense was awesome. I know this is only the first book in the series. I can’t wait to find out more about Landon and Jake, and the mysterious missing brother Reef. We were left with just a small look at their character. There is so much more to be learned. If you are looking for a book that will hold you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, this is it. If you are looking for a book that has a Godly message but doesn’t preach at you, then this is definitely the book for you. You will fall in love with Piper who is one of the kindest, most loving people. She would do anything for you. Cole is the very protective brother who runs the business with his siblings. Gage is the bottomless pit who always has Coles back as long as he is well fed. Kayden comes off as tough. It is almost as if she THINKS she must prove herself to be equal in a man’s world.
Landon the cop, and Jake the mysterious man who drifted into Yancey and works for Cole leave us wanting to know more of their life.
I must mention one other thing about this book. I would never have thought I would become interested in Russian History. This book not only teaches you a lot of Russian History, but if you are like me, you feel you must do more reading on the subject. I love books that make me want to learn more. I will definitely recommend this author and look forward to reading more of her books. Shattered, the second book in her series should be out in February of 2013.
I thoroughly enjoyed Submerged, with it's romance, mystery, and suspense but I also enjoyed getting to know Bailey and the McKenna family. Though fictitious, I liked visiting Yancy, Alaska and learning about the town and it's people. I appreciated the way the author dealt with Bailey and her past. It reminded me that becoming a believer doesn't erase your past but it doesn't define your future either. You shouldn't let your past hold you hostage. I also found the whole Russian history aspect to the story very interesting as well as entertaining! There is also a hint of something happening between Piper McKenna and Deputy Landon Grainger (Cole's best friend), which makes me look forward to reading Shattered, (Book Two in the Alaskan Courage Series). Great start to a new series by a new author.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
LOVED this book! It was REALLY hard to put this book down and didn't take long to read at all. Dani Pettrey has done a fabulous job with her plot. The line of logic in the story is easy to follow and the characters have backgrounds that are just as mysterious that add even more to the story. This story includes some Russian history and I loved that since my parents were missionaries in Russia. It was great how she intertwined that into her story. I would highly recommend this book. If you like murder mystery novels, make sure to pick this one up!
**I picked this book up at my local library!
Many adults look back on their high school years and realize that they made embarrassing mistakes. Through Pettrey’s words, the reader lives Bailey’s humiliation until she realizes that with her acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice, she is a new creation, and no longer has to live under her old sin. The suspense is tense and interesting, while the romance is beautiful. The setting is awesome. If you like romantic suspense, pick up a copy today.
The story begins with a plane crash into the waters off the Tariuk Island in Alaska. Cole McKenna is an underwater rescue person and he finds himself diving soon after to see if there is any chance of finding someone alive. Cole and his family own "Last Frontier Adventures" in the samll town of Yancy, Alaska. You get to meet his siblings and will be eager to read more about them in hopefully many more stories in this series. What Cole finds is one lady still alive; Agnes Grey. But by the time she reaches the hospital, she has died. Agnes has a neice, Baily Craig, who lived in Yancy during her teenage years and made some wrong decisions and led a life she regrests and is ashamed of, so she has never returned to the town. Now she must go back and take care of her aunt's holdings in Alaska, which is the Russian-American Trading Post.
The suspense and intrigue is throughout this story. Why did the plane go down? Who has been sneaking into the Trading Post? Other divers are showing up dead. Is it all related? And who might be next? Then there is the obvious attraction that Cole and Bailey still have for one another. But can Cole really forgive and forget Bailey's past? And can Bailey truly realize that she is a new creation in Christ and her past has been forgiven. A great story of love and forgiveness. Great job Dani Pettrey!
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2013)
You know what? She’s right.
I stayed up long past my bedtime engrossed in the story and turning each page with enthusiasm and anticipation.
Submerged is the story of a young woman’s return “home” after more than a decade of running away from her past. In the midst of her personal turmoil, Bailey Craig becomes entwined in a series of events–a plane crash, a murder (or maybe two…), the stolen diary of a Russian princess and the possibility of sunken treasure.
Pettrey’s characters were complex and surprisingly real, although I would have enjoyed seeing more growth in the hero, Cole Mackenna. Main character Bailey Craig was easy to identify with and cheer on as she worked through her struggles and raced against time to solve the mystery. Even more, the cast of supporting roles was far from disappointing as Pettrey managed to realistically develop numerous characters on the periphery without stealing the spotlight from our heroine.
The book’s beginning and climax are both action packed, although a good portion of the middle is more sedate–more sleuthing, research and clue gathering than real action. But in the end, I believe the mix made for an adventurous and entertaining plot while still putting the emphasis on character development and the theme of forgiveness. On top of that, I’m a sucker for a new or unusual setting where I learn a little more about our world, culture and history. I had no idea what a rich Russian history was present in Alaska and I can thank Pettrey for educating me on that front!
I would absolutely recommend Submerged as a great beach read this summer. I look forward to following Pettrey’s writing career and reading the next book in the Alaskan Courage series!
I received a complimentary copy of Submerged from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.
While I enjoyed Bailey and Cole's relationship, the mystery behind the
My only criticism is that it was hard to figure out all the family/friend connections at the beginning. Once I got everyone straight, I flew through the book. (Hint: Landon is both a search-and-rescue diver and a sheriff's deputy, and Gage is Cole's brother.) Overall, this was a fun, fascinating read, and I can't wait for book two! 4-1/2 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers through their book reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Since she left she has a she has become a
What Bailey didn't plan on was renewing her friendship with Cole McKenna. She had let him down years ago when she left Yancy for good, or so she thought.
While she is in Alaska, there are a few murders, break ins, sabotage, and maybe some romance. This book has something for you on every page, you won't want to put it down.
I can't wait for the next book in this series!
I received this book from the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.