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Submerged by Dani Pettrey: Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Book Review

Synopsis from the Back of the Book:

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation — and Yancey’s a town that doesn’t forget. She’s returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart… but doesn’t seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he’s not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

My review:

Wow. Where do I start? This book had it all. Love. Romance. Adventure. Thrills. Great characters. Good villain. Nice faith message. It was all good. The plot was fast-paced and I really liked the growth in Bailey and Cole’s relationship. The suspense was good as was the storyline. I love strong characters which this book had plenty of. I also learned a lot about Russian history. This author is a very good story teller. This was a book that I had trouble putting down. Wow.

I really liked Bailey. She was flawed, but humble about herself. Her struggle with accepting God’s ultimate forgiveness was something that I (and I think most people) can identify with. She had trouble with forgiving herself and accepting that she was a new creature in Christ. She also struggled with feeling unloved and I really liked that the McKenna family took her in and accepted her where others had failed her.

Cole McKenna. Sigh. I don’t think I could have picked another type of guy to be Bailey’s hero. Godly, strong and true. What a combination. Cole had his own struggles of course, but his character was good as was his relationships with his family and friends. This included Bailey. He was there for her when she needed him and he loved her enough to stand by her as she struggled with her failings.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

I can’t say enough good about this book. It had all of the great things that you want in a Christian romantic suspense novel. This may sound strange, but the best thing about this book was the short chapters. I love to read but have trouble getting time to actually do it. These chapters were short so I could squeeze in a chapter for a short read. Each chapter was so good that I had a hard time putting the book down which is also a good thing.

What I didn’t like about this book:

That the chapters were so good I had trouble putting it down. But for an avid suspense reader, like me, that is a good dislike.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Short, action and moving storyline packed chapters combined with great characters and a fascinating storyline – If you like romantic suspense, you should definitely read this one. This book is the first in the series. I have already started book two.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Dani Pettrey, Author Website

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