Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Adventure and Intrigue in the Alaskan Wilderness

Submerged, Dani Pettrey, 978-0-7642-0982-6

Easy Lay Bay is heading back to Yancy, and if that was your nickname in Yancy’s small town high school, you might not be any more eager to go back than Baily Craig is.  Bailey had a few wild years after her parents abandoned her to live with her aunt.  But life has changed; Bailey has grown up and is following the Lord, she doesn’t want to be reminded of the past.  When her beloved Aunt dies and leaves everything to her, Bailey gets pulled back to the remote Alaskan town she only wants to forget.
It is not long before Bailey becomes involved with an investigation of lost Russian artifacts that lead to the realization that her Aunt’s death was no accident.  Cole McKenna, Bailey’s brief high school sweetheart, is also working on the investigation.  Old feelings arise between the two but Cole is not sure he trusts Bailey, and Bailey is not sure she trusts herself.
The story is good, fast paced, and the premise of a lost Russian Alaskan island is a new one for me.  The characters are real and credible.  The McKenna clan is fun and has a great camaraderie that engages you and makes you want to be a part of it.  I did get a little tired of Bailey’s inability to forgive or trust herself, it became self-pity more than anything else.  However, she reflects the problem most of us have with forgiving ourselves even after God has forgiven us.  Besides that, I love trying to pronounce Russian names, and there are several in this story.  Does anybody else sound like Boris and Natasha when they pronounce these names, or is it just me?
For more information and to read the first few chapters of the book--click here--or the title above!      

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for and honest review.

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