Stranded

Stranded

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"While investigating a friend's disappearance, Darcy St. James discovers a dangerous operation--and becomes its next target. The McKennas need to find her before it's too late"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780764209840
0764209841
Call Number: FICTION PETTREY 2013
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 22 cm

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venavanmil
Jul 20, 2019

My initial thoughts: Stranded, the third of the five books in the series, is a work of art. So many elements are happening at once, that my poor heart can't take it! Everything I love about Dani Pettrey's books is all combined, into an edge of your seat thriller, heartwarming romance, and inspirational Christian novel. Readers are reunited with their favorite characters, including the Mckenna family (especially Gage), Jake, Landon, Bailey and Darcy. Five months have passed since the events of the last book took place, and both Gage and Darcy are trying to forget each other, and the time they shared together. Will solving the disappearance of Darcy's friend against a ticking clock bring them closer together? Will it drive them apart? Will Gage mend his relationship with God?

My positive thoughts: I loved nearly everything about Stranded. From the depth and personalities of the characters, to the nail biting suspense scenes, and the mystery that seems to have an everlasting amount of twists and turns. This book focuses mainly on the second oldest McKenna, Gage, and Darcy St. James, a reporter we last met in Shattered. Both are interesting, well-rounded characters, that at times butt heads with each other, but then learn to work as a team. The two characters also have a past that slowly comes to the light, and they are dealing with their own issues. Gage lost his son, and is still angry at God for taking him. Darcy has a troubled past with her investigative journalism assignments, and the events of her childhood are also revealed. Throughout the book, they start to rely on and care for each other very much. As I already stated, there is so much to love about this book. The twists never failed to surprise me, and left me wondering what's going to happen next. I also loved how it tackled real life issues, and how Mrs. Pettrey never shies away from explaining these issues.

My negative thoughts: Basically no negatives from me here. The one thing that I did have a problem with though, is the pacing. I understand how the characters have to uncover leads and solve the mystery, but I was getting a little bit tired of the process they were making. It drags on for about 100 pages, with a few pick me up scenes in the middle. Thankfully, the last 50 or so pages, is where all the suspense and excitement comes in. My view might be a little altered, because this is the second time I've read the book, and I remembered most of the plot from last time. Besides this, I loved it!

My final thoughts: What a great third novel! I honestly could go on and on about what made it so great, but the review would be much too long. I am so excited to reread the next book in the series, Silenced, and see Kayden and Jake's story.

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Patricia_T
Jan 13, 2018

Good story did not realize this was a series would like to back track and read the first two.

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Tent1955
Aug 24, 2015

Stranded is spectacular! From nearly drowning to sneaking around the cruise ship at night, Gage and Darcy's story is told with a highly developed plot that will keep readers reading on tiptoe. Her dialogue is one of her many strengths, and her inclusion of faith will encourage readers from all walks of life.

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Bettyinaz
Jun 09, 2015

I am loving this series. Can't wait to see what else this author writes. She has become one of my favorites.

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silverbookworm
May 02, 2015

Just finished this book. Very enjoyable read. I recommend the Alaskan Courage series.

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donnau99
Oct 31, 2013

Fantastic series! Love this author!!

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silverbookworm
May 02, 2015

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sjenks010
Aug 19, 2014

When Her Friend Goes Missing,
Every Minute Counts
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.

Dani Pettrey is one of my top 3 favourite authors and I had high hopes for this story. She didn't disappoint! I loved it, from another gorgeous cover right to the end. This is the third book in the Alaskan Courage Series. Gage and Darcy met in the last book, but that was more about Landon and Piper and a whole other set of mysterious circumstances. I think you could just jump in and start with this book but it's best to start with book one. This series continues with different members of a family but since they are there to some extent from book one you're missing a lot if you don't start at the beginning.

The Alaskan cruise ship is a great setting for this story. It's unusual and interesting. Darcy was an investigative reporter and when her friend digs up something big, Darcy goes undercover once again as a 'travel reporter' to help her out. Only she never gets the scoop from her friend because she disappears from the boat before Darcy arrives. My only problem with this story is some of the situations and scrapes Darcy gets herself into. As a savvy investigative reporter I don't believe she'd take some of the risks she did.

Gage McKenna is still bitter about his broken relationship with his ex and the death of his infant son and he thinks that Darcy is cut from the same cloth as his ex. She slowly gains his trust as he helps her solve the mystery.

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