Friday, September 6, 2013

Stranded by Dani Pettrey

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.

This is the third book in the popular "Alaskan Courage" series by Dani Pettrey.  The series follows the adventures of the McKenna Clan and their outdoor adventures company.  Here's Dani talking about the first couple of books in the series, "Shattered" and "Submerged".

It's been months since Darcy St. James has heard from Gage McKenna, and she's sure that whatever they may have had at the time, is long gone.  Darcy has been asked to meet with her old friend and investigative reporter on an Alaskan Cruise because she has discovered something that she need's Darcy's help with..  Upon arriving on the cruise, though, after a short meeting with her, her friend disappears.  Gage has been trying to put Darcy out of his mind, so he's agreed to help his family with a new adventure excursion partnership with the cruise line.  Little do either one of them know that the other will be on the same cruise line.  After the initial awkwardness, Gage finds out what Darcy is really doing on the ship and what her plans are to get to the bottom of her friends disappearance.  The past comes up to haunt Darcy as the painful discussions between Gage and herself are revisited.  What happened to her friend?  What is happening on the cruise line?  Is there more to it then what's on the surface?  Can Gage and Darcy work through their differences?  You will be able to tell me all those answers after you BUY THE BOOK!

Get some additional info on the book plus a sample chapter HERE!

Dani proves once again that she is one of the best suspense story-tellers we have in the Christian Fiction marketplace right now.  The way she not only weaves the story line through her current book, but also by the the way that story becomes fluid through the entire series.  The writing is just plain enjoyable and the interaction between characters is believable.  It is encouraging to see that she writes of characters that have flaws and moral dilemmas, but that through His grace they are able to overcome.

Is this a "guy's book"?  Hands down this is everything that a guy would enjoy reading.  The outdoor excursions that the McKenna's take the cruise passengers on is full of suspense as is the overall story.  This is one book, the whole series, that would be enjoyed by anyone picking it up.

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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About The Author

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling debut novel Submerged and latest release Shattered. 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 her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters.


  1. Excellent review Rick! I definitely agree that she is one of the best suspense story-teller's in the Christian fiction market! Love how you included in this a guy's book!

  2. Great review Rick! I love Dani's stories...I believe she is right up there with Dee Henderson. The McKennas are becoming one of my favorite families, second only to the O'Malleys.

  3. Great post, Rick! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into it. I agree, Dani is a tremendous blessing with all she pours into her writing! ~Amanda

  4. What an awesome post, Rick! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Stranded. Thrilled you enjoyed Gage and Darcy's adventure, and that it is guy approved ;)