I received a copy of SUBMERGED by Dani Pettrey, from Bethany House. It is the first book in the Alaskan Courage series. The cover really caught my attention: the look of fear, adventure and determination in the woman’s eyes, mixed with the picturesque landscape behind. I was happily not disappointed. The main character, Bailey, is truly a fascinating character. Her past was dark, full of alcohol and loose morals. Now, she has welcomed Jesus into her life and changed for the better.
The mystery was addictive. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Bailey’s aunt Agnes dies in a plane crash. Bailey returns to Alaska to sort through her aunt’s belongings. Meanwhile, her old boyfriend, Cole, is looking for a murderer. A scuba diver is dead and a boat is covered in blood. Throw in Russian history, ancient artifacts, and a sunken island – what a recipe for exploration!
Personally, I would have liked to see more of Bailey’s past. Nothing in the “now” reflected that past, other than memories a few people brought up. Bailey seemed too changed. Even though years had passed, her everything “back then” I felt as if it were added on.
I recommend this book to Christian literature fans, anyone looking for a heartwarming romance, or a mystery lover.