Have you read STRANDED by Dani Pettrey?

About the book~
When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn’t satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn’t lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby’s position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn’t the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He’s surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.


My summary~
Darcy St. James gave up investigative reporting years ago, but she still loves the thrill of tracking down leads. So when her friend, Abby, terribly frightened and distraught about her current story, contacts her, Darcy determines to help her friend uncover the truth. When Darcy arrives on the cruise ship, Abby has vanished. Restless and hoping to squash five month old memories of Darcy, Gage McKenna accepts the excursions gig on the cruise ship. The last person he expects to run into on the cruise ship is Darcy St. James.

What I liked…


I really liked that the author had set up Gage and Darcy’s story at the end of her last book, Shattered. Even so, while it’s not necessary to read Shattered before Stranded, you probably should because once you read this one, you’ll want to go back and read the first two. Trust me.

Loved the characters. I’ve gotten to know Gage over the last two books, and he’s definitely a favorite of mine. Masculine and manly, yet wounded and vulnerable. How could Darcy not fall for him? Especially when she sees the two little feet tucked close to his heart. But then, he’d stolen her heart long before then. 

Darcy’s not a wimpy heroine. Sure, she’s frightened once she learns what they’re facing, but she’s not willing to give up on finding her friend, especially since Abby doesn’t know the Lord. This book made me think about my loved ones who don’t know the Lord. Would I be as willing to face the same frightening situations for my loved ones? The faith element is woven into the plot, so beautifully and intrinsically, and it doesn’t come off forced or trite.

and not so much…

I can’t think of one element I didn’t like about this book, except that it had to end. 

Overall…


Stranded is worthy of highest praise. It’s a book that’ll make you forget about everything except flipping the page. Definitely a keeper, and Pettrey is now on my “must read” list!


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Disclaimer: Sending a big thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of Stranded. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I received no monetary compensation.

Have you read Stranded
Do you agree with my review?
What about you? Would you face frightening situations to track down a friend in danger? 
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Have you read YOU CAN’T HIDE by Wendy Davy?

You Can’t Hide

About the book~
Cara Dalton lives a normal, routine life until her first daring adventure lands her in imminent danger. Mistaken as a witness to a brutal crime, she becomes the target of a ruthless drug smuggler who is willing to stop at nothing to silence her. Now, she must place her safety in the hands of a wounded stranger. Undercover agent Gage McKenna knows all too well the dangers Cara is up against. Recovering from a life altering injury—inflicted by the same man who now hunts Cara—Gage faces an uncertain future of his own. As Gage and Cara team up to fight this highly motivated killer, they must learn to rely on each other or risk losing it all.


My summary~
After a ruthless drug smuggler inflicts horrendous damage to Undercover DEA Agent Gage McKenna’s leg, Gage retreats to a remote barrier reef island off the North Carolina coast to heal and lick his wounds. Weary of her boring life, Librarian Cara Dalton does something unusual and spontaneously follows her brother, Jonas, to Columbia. Seeking an adventure, she stumbles onto a chance encounter with Mercado, a drug dealer. The last thing she expects is to be hauled off to a remote coast guard station to be held under lock and key by Jonas’s surly friend, Gage. 

What I liked…
Most of the setting took place on a former coast guard station on the island. The author really made the setting come alive for me. I could almost feel the salt air kissing my cheeks and the sand tickling my bare feet.


The characters were so life-like and relatable. Surly and grumpy at first because of the pain, Sage was also gentle and caring. 
Direct and straight-forward, Cara says it like she sees it, and because of that, I found their dialog refreshing.

After his career-altering injury, Gage’s faith flounders. Where was God when Mercado bashed Gage’s leg? Cara doesn’t put up with his self-pity. Her sweet comments and gentle touches remind Gage he’s still a man, regardless of his injury, and that God never left him.

Loved the perfect ending, but you won’t get any spoilers from me!

Something to note…
At 175 pages, some readers may prefer beefier books, but You Can’t Hide’s concise, keep-me-glued-to-the-pages plot blended with a natural, complete romance, was the perfect size for me.
Overall…
You Can’t Hide
is another nail biter from Wendy Davy, and in several key spots, my palms were sweating and my tummy clenching. I knew what was coming (no surprise there), but I didn’t know how it was going to play out. It’s the perfect size to finish in an afternoon, but really a fantastic read for anytime!

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Disclaimer: Sending a big thank you to Wendy Davy for providing me with a review copy of You Can’t Hide. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I received no monetary compensation.

Have you read You Can’t Hide? 
Do you agree with my review? What were your thoughts?

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Have you read THURSDAY’S CHILD by Clare Revell?

Thursday’s Child
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About the book~

Broken…with bits missing. That’s how Niamh, senior prosecutor for the CPS, feels when she wakes in hospital severely injured with no knowledge what happened–for the past eight years. A tall man in a firefighters uniform claims he’s her husband. While he’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man and more, she doesn’t know him. And if he was so important why can’t she remember? Was there something so terrible, so painful in her marriage, her mind has suppressed it?


First on the scene at a horrific accident, Jared Harkin is devastated to find his wife one of the injured. He’s already lost a child, can he live through this? Niamh survives the crash, but awakens with eight years missing and no memories of their life together. Determined to help her remember the past and their love, he sets about wooing her all over again. But are some things best forgotten?


As Niamh struggles to remember, the investigation into the accident reveals foul play. Did her recent caseload have anything to do with the attempt on her life? Or was it someone closer to her? As bit and pieces of memory return, the attacker strikes again. Can she piece together the whole of her past before it’s too late?
Sharing my review~
As a successful prosecutor, Niamh Harkin (pronounced Neeve) has received her share of death threats, but this particular case has her stressed and on edge. While driving home during a raging storm, Niamh’s car flips. Jared, her husband and firefighter, responds to the accident, not knowing she’s involved. When Niamh wakes, she’s lost all memory of the last eight years, including being married, and doesn’t recognize her husband. 

What I really liked…

When post-crash Niamh discovers how she was before the crash, she doesn’t like her. I’m glad the author only showed us the new Niamh, rather than the old, because I wouldn’t have liked her either. 

Jared loved Niamh, for better or worse (and their marriage had taken a turn for the worse over the last couple of years), yet he was determined to make the best of their marriage, even when she’d given up on them. This was a true love story, from beginning to end, and Jared never gives up hope that she’ll finally love him again. He figures that Niamh’s memory loss is a great chance for them to start over and determines to win her heart all over again.

I especially liked how the author weaved in tidbits from Niamh’s boss, Alan. His wife suffers from dementia, but he’d never dream of taking his wedding ring off just because she doesn’t remember him. Niamh, who’d tucked her wedding band around her neck, can’t help but ponder her commitment. Loved the analogy!

And the ending? Oh, so sweet! But, I promise not to give away any spoilers. 

What I didn’t like so much…
The opening courtroom scene started a bit slow for me, and I felt Niamh’s reaction upon waking in the hospital a bit awkward, but don’t give up! Once I moved past that, it flew. I also stumbled occasionally over certain UK fire terminology, but only because I’m married to a US fire professional. 🙂

Overall…
This story reminded me of a modern day A Christmas Carol, except the events don’t take place in a dream. While I felt Thursday’s Child was a mite weak on the suspense (I surely didn’t mind!) and heavier on the romance, both sets of readers will enjoy the plot and savor the love story! Whether you’re lazing on the beach or hanging out at home, it’s a perfect read for summer.

What about you? Do you ever wish you had “do overs” in life?
Disclosure: Sending a big thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. The opinions expressed are my own, and I received no compensation for my review.

Clare Revell
Clare lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from an early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children’s stories. When she’s not writing, reading, sewing or keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make, she’s working part time in the breakfast club at one of the local schools.

She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist where she is one of three registrars.

She can be found at:
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https://twitter.com/ClareRevell
http://telscha.blogspot.co.uk/

From Sea to Shining Sea: 
Men in Uniform 4th of July Contest

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. From soldiers to sailors to firefighters and police officers. From pastors to teachers to fathers.Thursday’s Child releases July 5th from Pelican Book Group. To celebrate this, Clare will be giving away two print copies and two e-book copies. To enter leave a comment here. All names will go in a hat and the winners drawn randomly on July 12th.

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