It has been too long since I’ve reviewed a book on my blog, but with the final book in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage Series out, I had to come out of hibernation to tell you all about it. (Well, not all about it…I don’t like spoilers, so I try really hard in my reviews never to reveal too much!!) Details about my very first blog giveaway can be found at the end of this review!! 🙂
Have you read any of Dani’s Alasan Courage series yet? I cannot say enough good things about these books…I LOVE them!
One of the things that I love most about Dani Pettrey’s writing is her characters. You cannot help but connect with each of them. They welcome you into their world and cause you to wish this place and these people were real. And by the end of the series, you believe they really are and you’re ready to go meet them face-to-face because you want the privilege of calling them your friends! The relationships between the McKenna siblings, their friends and their love interests, are sweet and true to life. They each have their quirks and their struggles, but the McKenna’s are a great example of the love and support that God calls us to be to one another. What a beautiful way to encourage us to strive to be the people God has created us to be.
I absolutely love that this series was set in Alaska because Alaska holds some special memories for me. Although I am aware of the vastness of Alaska itself, I was surprised by the vast variety of topics and issues that have been broached in this series. I also loved learning more about the different types of adventures available and the knowledge required to enjoy them safely in Alaska.
I read Christian fiction because I love that the stories have faith threads that often cause me to see God or my relationship with Him in a new light. They also cause me to see others’ relationship with God or lack thereof in a different and more compassionate way. Dani does a beautiful job of weaving faith in God into the lives of her characters. She allows that faith to be put to the test. The faith and struggles she writes about mirror real life struggles that people face and how they choose to allow their faith to either support and carry them through or to question that faith and it’s place their lives. Faith issues are not simple or cut and dry. I have found that many things affect people’s thoughts and feelings regarding trusting God. And although infinitely worth it, deciding to follow Jesus comes with struggles of its own. I love how Dani explorers these issues and grapples with them throughout her books to come to real answers in the desire to believe.
That brings us to Sabotaged, Reef and Kirra’s story. I love how Reef, who has been the self-proclaimed black sheep of the family, has been drawn home, not only to the McKenna’s, but to God. Sabotaged begins with him in this sweet spot of new trust in Jesus. We first met Kirra in Silenced and I really enjoyed getting to know her better in Sabotaged. Due to some really deep fear issues, Kirra struggles with trust, both of people and of God. Even so, her devotion to her friends was evident in Silenced and this made it that much sweeter to witness their devotion to her in Sabotaged. Having had Alaskan Malamutes as pets growing up, I loved that this story was set along the Iditarod trail. And the suspense of trying to beat the clock in order to save not only Kirra’s cousin but many innocent Alaskan people, had me unable to put the book down. I have loved every single book in this series, but after having read Reef and Kirra’s story I believe this one may just be my favorite.
I highly recommend the Alaskan Courage Series. If you haven’t read them yet, why not?? May I recommend starting with the first one, Submerged? These books can be read as stand-alone books, but the richness of this wonderful family and their story is best experienced when they are read in order. I’m not generally someone who re-reads books, but I plan to start over with Submerged myself as I eagerly await the first book in her new series, Chesapeake Valor in 2016.
I am very excited to announce my very first blog giveaway!!
WHAT YOU WILL WIN: A copy of Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey!! (If you haven’t started the series yet, we’ll be happy to send you the first book in the series, Submerged instead!)
DEADLINE TO ENTER: 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on my blog telling me if you’ve read any of Dani’s books…if so, what do you love about them…if not, what intrigues you about them?
Winner will be announced on Friday, February 20th!! So, be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!!