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Stranded by Dani Pettrey

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

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"Beautiful rugged wilderness, whitewater rapids and a contemporary relevant storyline will hold your attention!"

Darcy St. James, former investigative reporter, returns to Yancey, Alaska, in Stranded as she goes undercover on a cruise ship. And although they parted on difficult terms a few years ago, she’s there to assist Abby Walsh who says she’s ready to expose an explosive story.

Once on board, Darcy fails to connect with Abby at their scheduled meeting. She is frustrated by the vague explanation given by cruise ship management and an incomplete report on a passenger overboard at the same time Abby disappeared. In spite of unseen danger, her cover as a travel reporter will help in the self-appointed investigation.

Darcy St. James is the last person Gage McKenna of Last Frontier Adventures expects to see during this summer as he leads adventure excursions aboard the cruise ship. Would this be the same Darcy who ruffled his feathers in Shattered?

Although he would rather just ignore her, something deep within won't let him. The more Darcy questions the crew and the further she pushes the management to find Abby, it becomes evident to Gage that something corrupt and sinisterly dark is brewing.

The McKenna family is once again at the forefront of Stranded, the third book in Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series. Each one of the McKennas is simply engaging and endearing! They continue to have each other’s backs in both the delightful and disappointing times. Each character harbors a past hurt/failure. Some are in the healing process and others haven’t taken that crucial first step.

Pettrey’s collection of obvious, oblivious, obnoxious and ominous characters is foundational to Stranded storylines. She continues to deliver the aches and pains of life, the angst of falling in love and the mindset of reaching beyond ourselves to serve and help one another in time of need.

There’s a lot of “drama” in this novel, some bordering on the cheesy “reality show” variety, with the majority being intense yet believable.

There are so many reasons to read (and enjoy) a Pettrey novel. I’m definitely partial to this series because I spent five years of my childhood in Alaska. Reading her stories stirs within me a deep desire to return after 45 years. Beautiful rugged wilderness, whitewater rapids and a contemporary relevant storyline will hold your attention!
Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.