Title: Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1)
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Have you ever done something, maybe more than once, that you’re so ashamed of that you think even God can’t forgive you? Well, that is something the lead female character, Bailey Craig, deals with every day. Her past as a teenager was filled with drinking and meaningless sexual encounters. Now, 12 years later, she returns to the town of in her mind’s eye disgrace for her aunt’s funeral. She has not stepped foot in the town for 12 years, but once she returns, the old shame bubbles to the surface. She fears people are looking at her and whispering about her. She has been a Christian for over nine years now, but still can’t seem to escape her past and how it affects her. She once loved Cole McKenna, but pushed him away because she thought he was too good for her. Upon seeing him again on her return, she is still drawn to him, but keeps her distance. When her aunt’s recent travels pose a mystery, Bailey tells Cole she’ll stay in town until the mystery is solved. She finds herself more and more wanting to stay forever, but Cole could never want a future with a woman like her, right?
Cole McKenna runs an adventure/salvage/rescue company along with her brother and sisters. He is doing what he loves with his career. He also helps out with youth at church. He sees Bailey in town and can’t believe she is more beautiful than he remembers from the past. She broke his heart when she walked away from him, but he couldn’t change her mind. He can’t keep his mind off her and wants to spend time with her even though she tells him she is not staying in town and plans to sell her aunt’s business. As they work to try and solve the mystery surrounding the deaths in the community, the two draw closer and closer.
I think this is a great romantic suspense novel! I just loved how Cole didn’t hold Bailey’s past against her and showed her how Christ made her a new person with her past forgiven. God loved her just as she was and so did Cole. I think many of us can relate to the feelings of shame Bailey felt, maybe not due to her particular sins, but we’ve all got something in our past we wish we could forget. With God, He forgives and forgets all our sins; He remembers them no more. Praise God! I loved the historical mystery as well as the action of the modern day crime solving. I also really loved the closeness of the family and how much they cared for and supported one another. The family’s kindness to others also stood out to me. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Shattered.
My rating is 5 stars.
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