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Title:  Submerged [Alaska Courage Book #1]
Author:  Dani Pettrey
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Bethany
                A few years back my parents took a cruise to Alaska.  They showed us some of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen.  They had also purchased a DVD that showed the wildlife that is in the area; the land is beautiful as well.  So when I heard about Submerged and the fact that it takes place in Alaska, I wanted to read it because I have loved Alaska from a distance.  Novels such as this one remind us of the history of people, nations, and perhaps of a specific time era if you do some reading on the setting used in this book.  When I did, I found out about the distance from Alaska to Russia as well as Attu Island being the site of the bloodiest WWII battle.
                The story begins with a family who has been closely knit together because of their upbringing and the tragedies they have walked through together.  The McKenna family changes the family business started by their dad into one that allows them to pursue their dream jobs while still providing an income.  All four grown siblings are unique in personality, but share a faith in Christ, as well as other hobbies.  In contrast, Bailey was dumped by her mother, raised by her aunt, but chose to rebel and fled to Oregon.  Now Bailey has to return to take care of her aunt’s final matters after her tragic and unexpected death.
                To compound returning to a small town where everyone knows your past, is the fact that Bailey has since become a Christian and has no desire to have her past relived.  Yet, as time begins to pass something just doesn’t seem right about her aunt’s death.  What happens when all of a sudden there are bodies washing ashore and attempts to identify them run into all sorts of dead ends?  When the local historical society is robbed of an ancient Russian document, it is soon discovered that more information about the past has been taken from a computer.  How can a computer help solve a crime maybe even murder?  The house Bailey inherits and lives in is very old.  One night she discovers a hidden compartment.  Inside the compartment is a binder that is about to lead the McKenna family, law enforcement, and Bailey into uncovering what was thought to be a long lost history of Russian ancestry.
                From the first page all the way till the end, the plot kept getting thicker and so very captivating.  There is a sequel recently released to Submerged that will be reviewed soon called Shattered.  Something tells me though there are more stories to be shared.  Scenes are so descriptive you feel like you’re seeing it in real time, perhaps even sensing the adventure or danger right around the corner.  The theme or lesson we all need to be reminded of is expertly woven throughout the novel.  The lesson being that God loves us and wants us to turn to Him and not away from Him.  It is we who are shamed by our choices, not Him.  We can choose to believe we are loved by Him and others.  Trust me; this is an awesome story don’t miss it!
                My rating is 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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