Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Tour and Book Review with a $25 Giveaway!! Stranded by Dani Pettrey

  strandedStranded (Alaskan Courage #3) When 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.
daniAuthor Dani Pettrey 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.
  Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/10/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway
My Review: ****--4 Stars. This is book 3 in a series, but I found that it was fine as a stand-alone. I haven't read the others and had no problem figuring out what was going on. After reading what the other two are about, it seems that they go more in depth with certain characters, so these main characters may have been mentioned, but were not the main focus of the previous stories.

This was a really suspenseful story with the added bonus of a romance in the wings. There are also some Christian moments, but they were definitely a necessary part of the story. Darcy's long-time friend, Abby, asked for her help in solving a mystery, but then disappeared. I thought Darcy was really brave. She put herself in situations that scared her to death, but was very determined to figure out what happened to Abby. I don't know if I could put my life in jeopardy like she did.

I liked how she and Gage came to tolerate each other and then rely on one another. Gage was really protective and he knew Darcy well. He was able to make her feel like she was doing something proactive, while trying to keep her sheltered and safe. What a great guy!

I'm going to have to check out the other books in this series because I really like the way this author tells a story.

Content: I don't want to give away what the mystery is, but it isn't graphic. Clean.

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