Saturday, October 19, 2013
Stranded by Dani Pettrey *Review
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
I have really enjoyed getting to know the McKenna family through Dani Pettrey's novels. This is the third in the series, and you can easily read it alone, but some of the background information in the previous novels would be helpful to understand the characters dynamics with each other. So I would recommend starting with Submerged, then Shattered, then move on to Stranded.
What I really enjoy about Dani Pettrey's work is the character development of her main characters. She really pulls out the stops at helping us to get to know them personally. You feel like you want to go and have Christmas dinner with the family by the time you are done reading, they feel like friends.
It takes quite a skill to develop characters that are real, not sugar coated people who have it all together, but real, down to earth characters searching for truth. They struggle with unsaved loved ones, often times preventing lasting relationships because one is so far from God. She doesn't inundate you with the gospel message, but you don know which of her characters are loving the Lord.
This particular book deals with some serious issues so I would not recommend it for young teens.
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