Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stranded ~ A Book Review

I have another book to review for you.  It's called Stranded and is the third book in the series Alaskan Courage by Dani Pettrey.

I reviewed the first in the series here  and the read the second book on my own.  I was very pleased to get the chance to review Stranded.

Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.

The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging up more trouble.

He'd love to just forget her--but something won't let him. And he can't help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

My Review:
It was like getting together with old friends when I started reading Stranded.  I have become so interested in the McKenna family that I look forward to each book coming out.  The fact that it's set it Alaska makes it all the more special to me.

Though I really loved the first 2 books in this series, I would say Stranded is my least favorite.  That's not to say it's not a good book, but it wasn't as outstanding as the first 2 books. Darcy and Gage can both be very frustrating characters, being super stubborn and hard headed.  That said, I would still recommend this book as worth your time. 

Darcy gets in over her head on this investigative assignment and sometimes takes big risks to try and get the information she needs.  I suppose the personality of all reporters is to be tenacious (I see annoying and obvious), so Darcy's way of getting to the truth was to ask a lot of repetitive questions, which got her into trouble.  I liked Darcy personally when she wasn't playing reporter, so that was very different for me.  Gage McKenna is a man who's been hurt and has put up many walls.  Darcy is just the determined woman to break them down.  He resists at nearly every turn, but I think he is a man worthy of the effort. 

I enjoyed how the author brings the previous McKenna characters into each story and keeps us updated on what's going on with them.   I don't want to give away the end of the book, but I do want to applaud Dani Pettrey for tackling such a sensitive and serious subject.  The outcome of the investigation was sobering, but rewarding.  
I look forward to reading what I will assume to be one or two more books in this series.

 In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Bethany House

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