Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CHRISTIAN FICTION: Submerged by Dani Pettrey


Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn't appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. 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?


I have thoroughly fallen in love with the McKenna family, they are such great characters and I really enjoyed reading about their relationships with each other.  This is the first book in the series and as such it introduces the McKenna's and their friends and neighbors through a murder mystery along with the romance between Cole and Bailey.  The simmering romance that will be explored in the next book is also introduced toward the end.  The suspense was great and kept me on my toes.  The details involving diving and Alaska really pulled me into the setting, maybe it's because Alaska is a place I love and would like to visit, but it's also because the author does such a great job of creating the setting which plays such an important part in the series.  The Russian Alaskan history I also found fascinating and believable (although I don't know how much of it is real, the author makes it feel real).  If you enjoy Christian romantic suspense I can heartily recommend this one.

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