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Submerged (Alaskan Courage Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Calling all Dee Henderson Fans

I picked this book to review because of the description, and because it was the first book in a series. This was a plus for me because I keep choosing books that are middle or end books in series, which usually ends up costing me money. :-)


When I got the book, I ...
I picked this book to review because of the description, and because it was the first book in a series. This was a plus for me because I keep choosing books that are middle or end books in series, which usually ends up costing me money. :-)


When I got the book, I saw the endorsement from Dee Henderson on the front cover and was intrigued.


After I read the book I was hooked.


For most people, when you read this book, I think you will see a little similarity to Dee's style of writing. Maybe it's just the same type of genre, mystery, action, fiction, and solid Christian faith. It could also be because Dani Pettrey has been mentored by Dee Henderson. (She is mentioned in the acknowledgements at the end.)


There were some parts of this book that were a little predictable, but I think that is something she will work out in time. There were also quite a few times that I actually got a little caught up in the secondary characters and wondering where their stories would go. I have ideas in my mind, and I can't wait to see if Ms. Pettrey will go in the same direction.


The book had a solid plot and good detail. I loved the historical story woven throughout. I felt for the character as she dealt with the past and her the after-effects of her choices. The underlying theme of God's grace and redemption woven throughout the story show how it's not God who can't forgive, it's we as people who can't forgive ourselves.


All in all, I think this is a good solid book and definitely recommend that you put it on your TBR list.


This book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Book Reviews.

posted by KCPryzr on August 23, 2012

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12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if, say, I w

I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if, say, I was about....oh....15. It does have mystery and romance, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. First off, the main character always seemed like she was ready to burst out into tears. I wanted her drink a big cup...
I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if, say, I was about....oh....15. It does have mystery and romance, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. First off, the main character always seemed like she was ready to burst out into tears. I wanted her drink a big cup of happiness, and found myself rolling my eyes at her after a while. Please, get a grip! It did have a great message and really good values woven into it. I just think that this is more for YA readers who do not yet have a lot of experience with love and are looking for a book to get lost in that isn't filled with sex and violence. Like I said, good book, just not for the stage I am in my life.

posted by UnderthePink on August 2, 2012

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if, say, I w

    I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot better if, say, I was about....oh....15. It does have mystery and romance, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. First off, the main character always seemed like she was ready to burst out into tears. I wanted her drink a big cup of happiness, and found myself rolling my eyes at her after a while. Please, get a grip! It did have a great message and really good values woven into it. I just think that this is more for YA readers who do not yet have a lot of experience with love and are looking for a book to get lost in that isn't filled with sex and violence. Like I said, good book, just not for the stage I am in my life.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    I found this book boring--only because I just finished a book by

    I found this book boring--only because I just finished a book by Steven James a day before reading this one. I'm not into romance. I rather have the suspense and keep the romance at bay. If you like Karen Kingsbury, you'll like this book. Very predictable plot--nothing new under the sun.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Christian themed

    Just a heads up, this is a Christian themed book, which you wouldnt guess from the sample.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    I was expecting more suspense in this novel. There was the plot,

    I was expecting more suspense in this novel. There was the plot, but for me it seemed that the plot was put aside to develop the romance between all the characters so subsequent novels in this series could be written. So much more could have been done with this story! My biggest complaint with the book, however, was with how thoughts jumped from one sequence to another without any segue nor any stars or other characters to show that the story had moved from one site to another. But, it was free for me, so that's okay. I did like the Christian theme, but Pettrey's writing, in this book, at least, wasn't up to par with Creston Mapes, L. N. Cronk, and others who write in the Christian genre. 

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  • Posted December 29, 2014

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    THERE ARE MILLIONS OF WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. HUNDREDS OF

    THERE ARE MILLIONS OF WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. HUNDREDS OF THOSE COULD BE USED TO DESCRIBE THE STATE OF WATER. I swear, this writer must have just discovered the word "tepid" for the first time in her life and simply couldn't live her life the same way ever again.

    And all of our main character's self doubt / inner dialogue was much too repetitive, with phrases such as "But that was before..." and ALL of its variants sprinkled generously within every single chapter. SUPER annoying.

    And not to mention ridiculous, as the "dark secret" was one act back when the love intrests were kids. Yeah, Bailey was a crazy kid in school, but does that really call for the paralyzing fear she struggled with THE ENTIRE TIME just by returning to her old stomping grounds? Didn't we all get into a little trouble once in a while as kids? She is a full grown adult, there was absolutely no reason for her to be running around sobbing all the time. She cried more out of fear and self pity than she did for her deceased relative! I had no connection to her whatsoever.

    What kept me reading was Piper and Landon. Supporting characters, but their blossoming romance (unbeknownst to them or to anyone else) was so precious and sweet. The family dynamic depicted in the book was definitely it's only redeeming quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Not for me

    Really tried to get into this book. Could never seem to be interested enough to actually finish it. More of a linda howard fan, this one was just boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Nothing surprising , easy to guess the conclusion of plot

    Needs transition from one subject to another, got lost when the character moved from one area to another. More appropriate for teens .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Pass

    Premise of book is good, but doesn't deliver. It felt like a sermon was being given on how to be a good Christian instead of being a mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

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