Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Product Details
by:  Dani Pettrey

About the Book:
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?

My Review:
Awesome!  I read this in less than 3 days and I don't get alot of time to read!  But I just couldn't wait to get back to it, once I had put it down.
Bailey Craig has a past and it is not one she is proud of, in fact it is Bailey's crutch in life, and the one man that she has ever loved is in the one place she vowed never to return to, Yancy.   The small town in Alaska is full of memories, bad and good but Bailey doesn't have a choice, she has to go back because her beloved Aunt Agnes has been killed and Bailey needs to settle her affairs.  Once home though, Bailey is pulled into a mystery involving dear old Aunt Agnes and some murders that may very well all be connected and not only does she have to face the one man that she thought she never would see again but she has to work with him to possibly save her own life.
There is a message of redemption and knowing that God can forgive you of your mistakes can be very liberating but it also takes courage and support, something Bailey has trouble with. I love the pace that the writer sets for the story, she lets you get to know Bailey and Cole and the rest of the characters all seem to fall into place.  The suspense builds in the beginning and the action continues til the end.  I really like the whole family dynamics and would love to get to know more about the other characters as well. 
This is the first book in the Alaskan Courage series and I can't wait for the second.  Two thumbs up!

*I received this book compliments of Bethany House for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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