Wednesday, May 16, 2012




A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart...but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.
My Review:

It is easy to see why Lynette Eason and Dee Henderson have endorsed debut suspense author Dani Pettrey -- she writes like a pro! There's so much to recommend about Submerged I hardly know where to start.

The suspense is intriguing -- exotic even -- and totally different from anything I've read in a while. Loved the diving aspect, and the added edge of danger that lent to the plot.

Pettrey has created an incredibly endearing and complex clan in the McKennas. Siblings bound by loyalty and love but each with unique (and frustrating) personality quirks that will lend themselves to some exciting exploits when it's their turn to shine. (At least I'm hoping that's Pettrey's plan for the series.)

Cole is such a rock. An anchor for his family, his faith and Bailey if she'll let him. But Bailey is the victim of a troubled past -- one that she has since forsaken and sought redemption from through Christ. She knows she's saved but she's still wrestling with feeling worthy of that supreme sacrifice.

There's just so many rich layers to dive into (pun intended) that you really don't want to miss this stunning debut suspense!

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Submerged, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please make sure to put the title in the address line so your entry is easy for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 20, 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Completely agree with your review, Kav. I really enjoyed this book. There are some terrific debut authors this year, aren't there?

    I'm picking up three more debut novels this week that I'm sure you'd love (from Katie Ganshert, Becky Wade, and Beth Vogt).

    (Don't enter me in your contest...)

  2. Oohh... sounds good! I have really enjoyed Dee Henderson's writings, so this sounds like another such author. Would love to read this!!

  3. You're so right, Brenda. I'm in the middle of another debut novel right now and loving it! The author has such a fresh voice. It's Becky Wade. So much fun and just a little bit quirky. Love it!

    pwnmom -- I love Dee Henderson too and this book has the same kind of vibe. Good luck!

  4. I agree--if Dee Henderson and Lynette Eason endorse her book, it going to be a winner. They are a couple of my favorites. Look forward to a chance to win Dani's book.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  5. You'll love this one then, Linda. Good luck!

  6. This one sounds really good! Can't wait to read it!


  7. This sounds like a lovely debut, I loved your review!

    Please enter me


  8. Completely agree with you on this one. I finished it last night, and the Russian history aspect had me running to wikipedia to refresh my memory of a few things. Such a good book!

    (Don't enter me)

  9. I enjoy reading mystery and suspense so am glad to see more options in Christian fiction. This sounds like a great book that I'd really like to read. Thanks for giving away a copy.


  10. Wasn't it intriguing, Michelle? I had no idea there was a Russian cultural element in Alaska!

    And more options in suspense in Christian fiction is definitely exciting, Pam.

    Good luck everyone!

  11. Submerged sounds awesome, great review. I love Dee and Lynette's books, so I have to take the plunge for Dani's book. :) Please add me.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. Love the diving jargon, Merry! :-) Good luck!

  13. Would love a chance to win this one too! Sounds great!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  14. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Good luck Cathy and Karen!

  16. I love Dee Henderson's books so this sounds like one that I would really enjoy as well. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book.