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Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into ...

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Overview

Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident.

But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them.

Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or AndiÑand they both sense Cole is hiding something.

A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.

Endorsements and Reviews:

"I'd only made it to page 8 when I realized I was holding my breath. Shivers are still traveling up my arms from a story that is both dramatic and heart-warming."

Tricia Goyer, award-winning author

"Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse know how to weave powerful, faith-building, can't-put-down stories - in life and now, brilliantly, in fiction."

Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Nightingale

"A novel of high adventure, exhilarating suspense, powerful divine proteection and enough love to bring tears all around."

Christian Retailing (Top Pick review)

"A thrilling adventure of the heart and mind . . . No Safe Haven is a brilliant start to what will be an unmissable series from this mother and daughter team."

Relz Reviewz

"Romance, suspense, intrigue--Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse have crafted a book that has it all. You won't be able to put this one down!"

Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series

"A nail-biting delight of a romantic suspense novel. I loved the Alaskan setting and characters. The Woodhouse writing duo is dynamite!"

Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper's Ball and the Rock Harbor series

"Non-stop action from an unforgettable mother/daughter team."

Brandilyn and Amberly Collins, co-authors of the award-winning Rayne Tour Series

"An incredible adventure thriller that kept me turning pages well into the wee hours. I look forward to more from this incredible mother-daughter team."

Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series

"Based on personal knowledge and experience, the authors create realistic characters. Alternating perspectives, love, loss and mystery hold the reader’s attention. The authors remind us that faith is simple: All one must do is believe."

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

"The story is captivating and the action is fast-paced."

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Publishers Weekly
The two authors are a mother and her teenage daughter, and they borrow from reality—Kayla, the teenager, has a rare nerve disorder that prevents her from regulating body temperature or sensing pain—in presenting the action-filled tale of a mother and daughter, Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray (with the same disorder), whose plane is sabotaged and crashes into Sultana, the formidable neighbor of Alaska's Mt. Denali. A seriously injured Jenna and Andie must decide whether to trust the other crash survivor, Cole Maddox, in a plan to survive, and Maddox doesn't seem especially trustworthy. The story has its fascinating bits— Andie's unusual disorder, survival in the Alaskan wilderness, the native Alaskan background of the two women—as well as not very original plot elements: Maddox's weepy backstory, cartoonish villains, the sage hospital chaplain. The evangelical Christian formula of accepting-Jesus-as-your-savior helps drive the plot, which some will like and others won't. This has page-turning potential, but is too predictable and emotionally manipulative to earn a large audience. (Mar.)
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Mother and daughter Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray have been struggling; Jenna's husband recently died, and 12-year-old Andi suffers from a rare medical condition. When they receive some hopeful news about Jenna's disorder, they fly home to Alaska to begin a new life. But disaster comes when their pilot purposefully crashes their plane in the wilderness. Now Jenna and Andi must place their trust in another passenger if they hope to survive. VERDICT Full of suspense, danger, and romantic tension, this series debut by a mother/daughter writing team is sure to be a hit with fans of Linda Howard.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781433671166
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, writer, and musician approaching life with a positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. Her previous book, Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, chronicles her daughter’s extremely rare health issues and how the Woodhouses received an amazing gift through the ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kim and her husband have two children and live in Colorado.

Kayla Woodhouse is a teenage author whose life-altering medical condition (a nerve disorder that prevents the body from regulating its temperature or sensing pain) has not stopped her love for swimming. She is home schooled and has an adventure blog called Dragon Claws, Dog Paws, Swimming Laws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!

    This book is amazing! You get sucked by the second sentance! Warning, do not start reading this book at night, it will keep you awake and you will not get a wink of sleep until you finish reading the book.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

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    Thoroughly enjoyable

    Andie and her mother, Jenna, are flying home from a doctor¿s appointment in Anchorage when the pilot sabotages their small plane. They crash on Sultana, a mountain that is part of the Denali National Park. Stranded with a winter storm on its way, only one man can keep them alive, the mysterious last-minute passenger, Cole. With hidden secrets and killers trying to track them down, no one really trusts anyone. Yet they must trust each other if they are going to survive.

    This was an engaging story told from several points of view, including that of Andie, Jenna¿s teenage daughter. Andie¿s point of view was written by Kayla Woodhouse, a teenage author and daughter of Kimberly. What a fun thing to write a book with a family member like that. They did an excellent job. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense as Jenna, Andie, and Cole fought to stay alive despite the way the bad guys and nature kept coming at them. And there is an interesting mystery woven into this tale as well. Very well done. Can¿t wait to read book two!

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Fantastic!

    I'm not done with the book but I feel like I need to tell the world how amazing it is. Thrust immediately into the frigid world of The Denali National Forest a mother, her daughter, and the man who promised to protect them are fighting for their lives. The daughter is in precarious health because of a rare neurological disorder, the mother has a massive wound on her leg that threatens her life. The man is falling in love. Oh, and nefarious bad guys in helicopters are hunting them down? Bad enough? Never! This suspense filled thriller has gripped my heart. I can't put it down (except to come gush about how amazing it is) because I adore the three main characters so much. With it's frigid ice setting it's the perfect winter book--everyone needs a copy this Christmas! I was fortunate enough to get to buy the paperback from and author event where I heard the amazing story of the mother daughter duo who wrote it. It's definitely in the top 5 best books I've read all year. Now--I've got to get back to it and find out what happens next!

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Exciting adventure

    A new and different kind of mystery / suspense has landed and it is fun. Lots of new ideas show up in this debut effort by mother/daughter team Kimberly and Kayla Woodhouse. I actually learned quite a bit while reading this book. The setting is Alaska and the situation is bad guys after mother / daughter, Jenna and Andie want them dead - but who are the bad guys, who are the good guys and why are they after them? How does this all link up with how Marc died a year ago (Jenna's husband/Andie's dad)? There are some hair raising moments when a blizzard sets in while they are stuck on the side of a mountain - good stuff!

    We see everything through 4 perspectives... Jenna's, Andie's, Cole's and Leaper's. We don't know if Cole and Leaper are good or bad so their perspective's are very interesting. Jenna is seen as the over-protective mom that she is and plays her part well. The only unrealistic viewpoint for me was Andie - she is supposed to be a 12 year old but she comes off a little more as an annoying 20 year old. Her viewpoint was a little inconsistent because she thinks like a 12 year old but talks like a 20 year old. The crazy thing is I liked her, her viewpoint just didn't ring very true.

    Over all I really enjoyed this book and have to admit that the identity of Leaper surprised me at the end and that is hard to do. Everything toward the end deals with the espionage, betrayal and mystery and that is all handled really well. A good first attempt by this pairing and I look forward to more from them.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Who Can You Trust?

    A year has passed since the horrific car accident that killed their husband and dad, but Jenna and Andie Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start after receiving good news about Andie's rare medical disorder. They are returning home to North Pole, Alaska, in their own plane piloted by their friend Hank.

    Unbeknownst to Jenna, Hank, a long-time friend of her and her husband, his soldier buddy, has sabotaged their plane. Mid flight, their small plane crashes into Sultana, the most remote and dangerous mountains in Alaska. Without radio or flight communication, they are unaware of a winter storm heading their way. Also unknown are the people who are heading their way and don't want them to survive.

    Only one person is available to help Jenna and Andie, and that's their last-minute passenger, Cole Maddox. Who is this man? And can they trust him? Do they have any choice with the circumstances?

    The suspense of not knowing the trustworthiness of the unknown passenger, the danger of the monstrous winter storm, and the insidious alliance of unknown killers stalking the Tikaani-Gray family were expertly collaborated together by Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse into one incredible thriller from beginning to end in No Safe Haven!

    I absolutely loved the identified points of view by each character, giving me an inside view of their fears, feelings, thoughts, and plans before the others were privy to them-both the group stranded on the mountain and those who intended the eradication of their lives and why.

    Kimberley and Kayla build suspense as their characters are hurdled through the medical aspects involving Andie, which can be deadly, their survival on the mountain, their rescue, their safety once safely on ground, albeit the hospital, and the breaches of security. Who can be trusted to keep them safe? The culmination of the story is so mind-boggling, yet realistic. It makes you wonder how the depravity of man can be so hideous.

    The book is also educational about the Andie's medical disorder (HSAN). Though she has this disorder, don't underestimate her. She is only twelve, but she is feisty, astute, witty, and full of faith! And she is not shy in sharing her trust in God and salvation. She will win your heart over in a second!

    This is not a book to start just before bed, unless you plan to be up into the wee hours of the morning, and then some! It is riveting!

    This book was provided by Julie Gwinn, Trade Book Marketing, B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    A MUST READ FULL OF FAITH,SURVIVAL,ROMANCE,AND LOVE ALASKA!! NO SAFE HAVEN BY KIMBERLEY AND KAYLA R. WOODHOUSE!!

    NO SAFE HAVEN by Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse is a nailbitting inspirational romantic suspense set in present day Alaska.The plot is interesting,gut wrenching,nail bitting with characters that not only capture your heart,but also your spirit.This story is full of suspense,intrigue,danger,romance,faith,love,hope,courage,adventure,betrayal,and survivial.It is a fast paced,page turning story that will grip your attention from the first page to the last.This mother-daughter team not only the story but the authors will keep you turning the pages and reading this incredible story will into the night. The Alaska setting will have you feeling as through you are there with the characters through their struggles to survivie,their faith,hope and their love."Safe Haven" is well worth the time to read,you will not regret it at all.This book was received for the purpose of review from Library Thing and details can be found at B & H Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    This book was an okay read

    No Safe Haven
    This book was written by a mother/daughter team. It is a Christian Fiction/Suspense book. It starts out where Jenna and Andie (the mother and daughter) are in a small plane and it crashes into the side of a mountain. Cole, another passenger, but stranger, knows someone is after them to kill them. Apparently they are on the side of the largest mountains in Alaska. Andie, the daughter, has some spunk to her, being a teenager. You gotta love that. It was the treacherous track of trying to save themselves from whomever it was, and wherever they were they did not know, from the people who were after their lives. This book is filled with action and circumstances well beyond their control. It is how they do or don't deal with these occurrences that they get through this all. This book was okay. I probably would not have chosen to read it on my own. The story is a little far-fetched in what 'the bad guys' wanted. I really didn't understand why that was woven into the story. The story could have gone many ways, even just a plane crash and trying to survive from it, but did they throw in the part about someone trying to kill them to make the book 'suspense'? It would have been suspense enough just trying to get off the side of the mountain with a strange man they didn't know, and didn't know if his abilities to help them could be trusted, let alone throwing into the plot someone trying to kill them.
    I do have to give the mother/daughter team writers credit for writing a flowing book. The book was not choppy at all. It read smoothly and nicely. I could see more books coming from this writing team, but please don't throw in the type of suspense of someone trying to kill the characters. As stated, I would have enjoyed this book just as much had they just tried to get off the mountain to safety.
    I give this book 3 star.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Suspenseful Must Read

    I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a gripping, action adventure novel. This is a great book for so many reasons. First it's written by an amazing mother-daughter team. Kayla is 13 years old and writes the POV of the 12 year old girl who has the same nerve disorder she has. Making Kayla's condition part of the story brought a depth of emotion, suspense and drama to a whole new level. Not only were Andi and her mom running from men determined to wipe them out but there was an urgency to get Andi to a safe place to stabilize her condition.

    This book gripped my heart from the start as the action exploded from the very first page, literally. Jenna and Andi try to find help and piece together what happened as the reader is doing the same. Not only were the main characters Cole, Andi and Jenna running from the enemy, they were also battling Mother Nature and all she had to dish out: snow storms, frost bite, avalanches, and dropping temperatures that messed with their ability to get a grip on the side of the Alaskan mountains as they climbed to safety.

    Jenna tries to explain her daughter Andi's medical condition to their pilot Cole. He says, "She's a real dare devil, huh?"

    "Oh, you have no idea. Take a stubborn child, and remove the fear factor. Think about it. If you have no fear of consequences - mainly pain- you'd try just about anything."

    Kayla adds much to the story and gives the reader an insight into her condition they never would have had other wise. Andi's dialogue, spunk, and her passionate relationship with Jesus added intensity, tension and gave an urgency of their rescue.

    This compelling story had me holding my breath, biting my nails and up until the wee hours of morning seeing who would survive. No Safe Haven has it all danger, suspense, romance and characters I cared about long after I finished reading the last page.
    This is an engaging, faith-building story written by a dynamic mother-daughter writing duo you won't want to miss. I'm anxiously awaiting this team's next book called, "Race Against Time." After reading No Safe Haven, you'll be looking for it too!

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    When their plane crashes unexpectedly in the Denali National Forest, will they be able to find any safe haven?

    Jenna tried hard to find a way to forgive her husband Marc, but after hearing about Amy for so long, it was hard to put it behind her. Could her husband have cheated on her?

    She was trying hard to remember God's provision to forgive and to trust in Him as she struggled for survival along with her 12-year-old daughter Andie. Lost in the frozen Denali National Park after their plane crashed, she isn't sure whom she can trust anymore. When an unexpected passenger comes along for a last minute ride, she begins to realize that if they want to live, she's going to have to trust Cole's instincts to climb higher rather than down. Andie has a nervous disorder that doesn't allow her to feel pain, much less the ability to regulate her body's temperatures, so it's imperative that they must be rescued soon or she could die.

    It seems like the plane crash wasn't just an accident, and her trusted pilot Hank wanted to make sure that they all died in it. When Cole informs her that the people that wanted her dead would be coming back to the crash site to ensure that everyone had died, she begins to wonder if there is any safe haven anymore.

    I received No Safe Haven by Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This mother/daughter team of writers takes you to another place with a different threat level in dealing with a real disorder that Kayla has and was featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In using her daughter as the basis for the character of Andie, I believe it made the storyline that much more urgent and action packed from the very first page. This story is based on the faith and forgiveness that can only be found in a personal relationship with God to help them weather the storm of their survival and rates a 5 out of 5 stars.

    This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

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    An indelible thriller that will keep your heart pounding, yet uplifting and heartwarming at the same time

    Kimberley and Kayla R. Woodhouse have put together an indelible thriller that will keep your heart pounding, yet uplifting and heartwarming at the same time. With trials and tribulations enough to make Job's miseries seem almost trivial in comparison, this intrepid trio face incredible odds against survival while their Christian faith stays strong, at least for two of them. The third member of the party will come to it but has two injured "girls" to rescue off one of the highest, steepest mountains in Denali park in an Alaskan winter, all the while being pursued by terrorists who are looking for something they believe the mother has information on, and then to leave no witnesses alive. They are out to kill these three and they are very good at what they do, leaving no trace.

    This book is a wonderful story of faith and survival, but it is also full of tips for survival woven into the story, and an awareness of a rare neural disorder that can be deadly in a matter of moments, a disorder that one of the authors actually suffers from. I was aware of this disorder, but learned more for which I'm grateful to the authors. So, we have a mixed bag in this book Terrorists, a man who has lost too much in his life and must learn to live again, a fast-paced, wild ride of a thriller, a 12 year old girl, Andie, with a rare disorder of unimaginable consequences, families disrupted by death, a love story, and deep, inspiring faith.

    What sounds like a very complicated story is actually a book that I couldn't put down. Action-packed from the moment the plane they were flying home in is sabotaged and crashes high on Sultana Mountain to the final murderous attempt. The plane was originally owned by Andi's father Marc until his murder, and now is owned by her mother, Jenna. It was flown by Hank, a "trusted" friend of Marc and Jenna prior to Marc's death. Who was the mysterious last minute passenger? After he took over piloting the plane when the radio was shot out, what caused him to pass out? Was he responsible for the crash or was he trying to correct the damage? Can Jenna and Andie trust him? When Jenna took over piloting she realized that none of the controls were responding. That there would be a crash was inevitable.

    I took away so much more from the book than just a great story. Living in the north myself, I found the survival techniques very useful, especially how to keep warm through the bitterly cold nights and what to have with you for survival preparation. I also took away a refreshing of my faith. I applaud the authors for the smoothness with which they wrote this book, the interaction of the characters, more noticeable because of the manner in which the chapters are written, the heart-pounding action, the exciting plot, and pulling it all together so believably. The chapters are told mostly by the three main characters in the first person, almost giving a feeling that the reader is invested in the story. I look forward to more from this author pair, mother and daughter. This is the duo's debut as a writing team, and an exceptional one.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Crazy good!

    Great story of faith, hope, trust, love, and forgiveness! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Mother/daughter bond make this thriller a compelling read

    No Safe Haven by Kimberly & Kayla Woodhouse is a action-packed suspense novel with a lot of faith. Jenna Tikaani-Gray is finally starting to rebuild her life with daughter Andie. After the death of her husband Marc a year ago and Andie's brain surgery, the closely bonded mother and daughter are returning to their home in Alaska to make a fresh start. A mysterious stranger named Cole asks for a ride on their private plane, and when Jenna wakes up from a nap midflight, she sees Cole and pilot Hank fighting over a gun. When they incapacitate each other, she is forced to try to fly the plane herself, but it has been sabotaged, and they soon crash into the slopes of Mount Sultana. Soon Jenna and Andie are in the fight for their lives, and Cole seems to be the only one who can save them, but his mysterious past with Marc casts doubt on whether they can trust him, and Andie's severe medical problems add to the danger. The Woodhouses gained fame on an episode of Extreme Home Makeover, when daughter Kayla's illness created a need for a new home. Kayla and Andie share their illness: the inability to regulate their body temperature and to feel pain. Incorporating this illness into the story ratchets up the tension considerably. The narration in the story alternates between Jenna, Cole and bad-guy Leaper (in third person) and Andie (in first person). The change in narration flows smoothly, but Andie is the most enjoyable narrator as the authors do a remarkable job of portraying the mind of a twelve-year-old girl. The story itself is fairly standard, but the bond between Jenna and Andie, the character of Andie, and using Alaska as the setting all elevate this story to truly enjoyable and compelling.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    Mystery and the Alaskan mountains

    This book starts out with Marcus in his car and see another car coming straight for him without a driver, he knew what it was and that it was going to kill him. In his last seconds he was thinking of his wife Jenny and daughter Andie. This story takes place in Alaska.


    A year later Jenny and Andie was in a small plane with their pilot Hank a long time friend "or had he been" something had gone wrong as Jenny saw Hank with a gun and with a passenger they had let on board. The passenger turned out to be a man named Cole and as he got the gun away from Hank and got into the pilot's seat he passed out. With no one to pilot the plane Jenny got to the pilot's seat and put Andie as her co-pilot but she had only taken one lesson so she was not sure if she could do this or not, but the plane was out of control as everything on it was not working, so she knew they were off course and she was going to crash into the tallest mountain in Alaska.


    After the crash Andie looked around and thought everyone was dead but she found her mom was not but was knocked out. She used her little 11 year old head and started to do everything she could for her mom. Andie was not a well child as she had a nerve disorder and had, had brain surgery, she was still in surgery when her dad had gotten killed.
    released March 15, 2011

    Who was after them and why? Cole turned out to be a friend but who was he? Why did someone kill Marcus and was now after his wife and daughter? This book will keep you turning page after page just to see what happened next. A great book of mystery, romance and Alaska.


    This advanced reader's copy of this book was sent to me by B & H Publishing for review, I give it a five.

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    Posted May 30, 2011

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