In her third book in the Alaskan Courage series, Dani Pettrey once again invites the reader into the lives of the McKenna family, this time focusing on Gage, who wonders why his “other-wise intelligent siblings” are following after God who seems to not care much about him.
Darcy St. James was introduced in Shattered when she helped the McKennas solve the murder for which the youngest McKenna brother was framed. In this book, Stranded, Darcy once again finds herself returning to Alaska but this time as an undercover reporter on a cruise ship. But when her partner goes missing after leaving her a cryptic message to join the crew, Darcy becomes determined to find the answers behind her mysterious disappearance.
As part of their attempt to expand business, the McKennas have secured a contract with the cruise line to lead adventure excursions. When Darcy finds out that Gage McKenna will be leading the excursions that she is being required to cover for the cruise line’s brochures, she wonders if she will be able to handle being around the handsome McKenna who once stole her heart and then never called her again. Besides, as a Christian, she knows that she should keep herself from falling in love with an unbeliever.
But Darcy isn’t the only one struggling with her emotions. Gage purposely kept his distance because he can’t trust an undercover reporter who will lie to get ahead of the game. But something still draws them together, and Gage finds himself in the middle of Darcy’s investigation – if only to protect her from the ones who have taken her friend.
Through it all, Pettrey manages to pull together romance, mystery, and God into one hard-to-put down read. Although I think that she is too quick to put together an unbeliever with a believer in her books and then bring the unbeliever to God in a nice package, I do still think she has a wonderful writing style and intriguing stories.
While Stranded is not the most intense book in this series, it certainly is not a boring book! I can’t wait to read the next book from Dani Pettrey!
*This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.