Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CHRISTIAN FICTION: 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.


Another great book by a great Christian author, Stranded takes you on a ride. From the moment Darcy sets foot on the cruise ship the Bering, she knows something is very wrong. And when her reporter friend doesn't show up to tell what's going on she fears that things are even worse than she thought.  An encounter with Gage McKenna complicates things since he disapproves of what she is doing, but she's determined to find her friend and he can't let her put herself in danger when he can try to protect her.  They quickly discover though that there is more going on than they thought and if they don't solve it quickly, Darcy may follow in her missing friend's footsteps.

Dani Pettrey sure knows how to write romantic suspense.  I find myself finishing them quickly because I want to know what happens.  It's interesting the way she integrates the whole McKenna family into each of the stories and foreshadows the next book's main characters.  Frankly, I love series like this where the characters are related and as a reader I get to see them more than once.  This is one of the main reasons that I like series books in the first place.

While I don't agree with all the Christian doctrines presented in the book, I think the author does a nice job of blending it into the book without being overly preachy.  Another great book to add to my collection.

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