Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour for Submerged by Dani Pettrey

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
• Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Dani Pettrey


Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. 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 with their two teenage daughters.

Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.

And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.


A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer

has settled in his town and doesn't appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge.

She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he's not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Submerged, go HERE.

MY REVIEW-This is a debut novel you don't want to miss! Author Dani Pettrey grasps the readers attention from the first chapter to the very end of the book. This is a suspense book that you won't want to put down! You have your mixture of intrigue, romance and Christianity that was very well put together. I am telling you, this is an author you will want to be watching for in the future. She pays a great attention to detail and the characters are funny without being stupid. The dialogue is great! The story focuses on Bailey and Cole, who had a past but then they split up. But now Bailey is back to bury a loved one who died in a plane crash. Only, was it a crash? Or murder?

The romance between the Bailey and Cole was believable and I enjoyed them. There is a lot of history and hurt in their past and Bailey made me want to cry a couple times. This is a touchy subject but once a person becomes a Christian, their past is forgiven and it is amazing how hard it is for other believers to give them that same forgiveness. One thing I really liked was the cameraderie between Cole and his siblings. Of course, Landon is a whole different story and I can't wait to see if his future is the next book in the series. Excellent debut novel, Dani!! Love that this is a homeschooling mom who takes the time to write!

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