Audiobook Review: Stranded

15 Jan

209841When Her Friend Goes Missing,
Every Minute Counts

Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship’s vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.

The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she’s digging up more trouble.

He’d love to just forget her–but something won’t let him. And he can’t help but worry about her as they are heading into more remote regions of Alaska and eventually into foreign waters. Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they push, the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.


dpettrey3smDani Pettrey is a wife, mom, grandma, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and Silenced, and upcoming release, Sabotaged. Her books have been honored with the Daphne du Maurier award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award nomination, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award, among others.

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 her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.


My Impressions:

Looking for an attention-keeping book for your daily commute or exercise routine? Then check out book 3 in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series, Stranded. This audiobook is perfect for the woman on the go who likes a suspenseful slant to her romances.

The McKenna family, along with their friends, are back for more adventure when they sign up to lead extreme excursions for a cruise line. Darcy St. James is also on board trying to determine what happened to her friend and fellow investigative reporter, Abby. Sparks fly between Darcy and Gage as they rub each other the wrong way, as well as develop a deep attraction. The story turns sinister as evidence points to more missing women.

Pettrey has great characters in her McKenna family. Each is his/her own person with definite opinions and attitudes. The family’s interactions are interesting and believable. In this book, Gage McKenna is front and center in his reluctant relationship with reporter, Darcy McKenna. At the beginning of the book, Gage is a non-believer who blames God for the death of his infant son. But Darcy’s witness and events force Gage to reevaluate his stance. Characters who are believers — Piper and Darcy — are not afraid to share their faith, yet are never in-your-face. Their’s is a natural witness lived out in both words and actions. Prayer plays a large role in the book, with God’s interaction in the characters’ lives crucial for the story’s progression and the characters’ growth.

Because this is book 3 in a 5 book series, there is plenty more to develop between Gage and Darcy, and, I hope, between Jake and Kayden McKenna. I am definitely looking forward to more from Pettrey and her McKenna family.


Audience: older teens and adults.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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