Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stranded by Dani Pettrey: Blog Tour + $25 Giveaway!

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Stranded by Dani Pettrey! I am excited to be a part of the blog tour, hosted by I am a Reader, because I absolutely LOVE Dani Pettrey's books. I've read and reviewed the first two books in this series, Submerged and Shattered, in my early blogging days. (It's definitely cool to look back at the beginning of my short blogging career and see how far my posts have come!) I've been waiting for this book to come out since then!


Stranded (Alaskan Courage #3): Overview

strandedWhen 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.

My Review:
 This book was absolutely fantastic! I read it in a day! I was very excited to learn more about Darcy and Gage. I also loved hearing about how the rest of the characters' lives were progressing. Darcy St. James is a strong Christian lead character. She lives her faith as best as she can, and she trusts God to show her what she is supposed to do with her life. When she stumbles, you stumble with her. The author has a way of writing the characters that endears them to you. Gage is a mystery to me. One moment, he's pushing Darcy away. The next moment, he's tugging her to him (which he does A LOT in this book). I understand his struggle with trust and love. I also understand his anger at God.

The mystery and romance is as intriguing and captivating as ever. Dani Pettrey is a master story teller. There were parts of the story where I said to myself, "wow! I didn't see that coming!" The development of the romance between Darcy and Gage was sweet and natural. As Gage and Darcy struggle with their pasts, as well as their budding romance, the message of the book becomes clear: Jesus can mend even the most broken of hearts, if we're willing to let him. We need to be patient and wait on Him. Also, Darcy comes to the realization that she can't force someone to believe in Jesus. All she can do is tell them about Him and pray. That's all any of us can do.

Overall, this story was intriguing, captivating, and just all around fantastic. It's exactly what I've come to expect from Dani Pettrey and more. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, Silenced, which is slated to come out next year (oh the agony of waiting!).

Author Dani Pettrey

daniDani 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.

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 10/10/13

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**I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**


  1. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com