Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Submerged by Dani Pettrey

If you want a suspenseful romance with a little history and faith splashed in, grab this book - it is a phenomenal read!

About the Novel:

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

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?

About the Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at www.DaniPettrey.com!

My Thoughts:

Wow, what a suspenseful read!  I am not usually into murder mysteries but this one had me on the edge of my seat and I really appreciated that!

When murder shocks the small town things are thrown into upheaval and the author does a great job of keeping readers interested in all aspects of the mystery.  I will say that some of the lineage information included about the Romanov family got hazy but simply because I am not that knowledgeable about Russian history.  Despite that, I appreciated the foray into a history that I don't know, it was interesting. 

What I liked most about this novel was the setting and characters - beautiful Alaska, simple beauty throughout the novel.  I also loved the characters, particularly Cole.  I think we can all look to someone like him as a great example of what a truly good person is and aspire to be just like him.  His acceptance of everyone, despite their flaws really made him special.  Plus the fact that he seems like the guy next door makes him even more likable.  Bailey was a bit different but I appreciated her humbleness and her honesty. 

This novel was picked as part of a Christian book club I participate in and it was a phenomenal choice.  I really loved the Christian themes throughout and the commitment by both of the main characters to their faith.

My only beef with this novel is Piper and Landon...I want to know what happened with them NOW!  I can't wait until book #2!  But like any good author of a trilogy, Pettrey has me chomping at the bit to get my hands on it!

Book Rating: 5/5

Information on Book #2: Shattered (release 2013)

Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

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