June 21, 2012

Book Review - Submerged

by Dani Pettrey

Book One - Alaskan Courage

When her Aunt Agnes was killed in a suspicious plane crash over Alaskan waters, Bailey felt obligated, as her heir, to return to her hometown of Yancey, Alaska to attend the funeral and to sell her aunt's tourist shop.  Bailey wasn't really eager to face a boyfriend she had jilted long ago, Cole McKenna, or the townspeople who remembered her "loose girl" reputation.  But the McKenna family enveloped her as family and soon Bailey was drawn into a mystery involving more than one murder, Russian royalty, and a submerged church.  Her skills as a diver and as a teacher of Russian history were necessary to secure the answers needed.

This book will intrigue you from the first page; it has mystery, suspense, romance, likeable characters and a plot that keeps one guessing.  The banter between the McKenna siblings was believeable and humorous, and their love of each other very genuine.  The reader definitely becomes invested in the well-being of all the characters, but especially Cole and Bailey, as they search out the truth.  Set in Alaska, the author enhanced the novel with descriptions of the terrain and the underwater worlds a diver would see there.  I especially liked the underlying story of the Romanov family and the early Russians in Alaska. 

Pettrey, as a debut novelist, has me as a fan, and I look forward to her second book in this series, Shattered. Check out her website at www.danipettrey.com

This book was provided to me from Bethany House Publishers for my review.  The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the publisher.

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