Friday, July 20, 2012

Book Review -- Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Submerged is written by new author Dani Pettrey and is set in Alaska. At first I thought that this might be an *okay* book just judging by the back cover, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did! I tend to stick to romance or amish novels most of the time but I do enjoy a good suspense now and again. With this being a new author I was completely unsure what to expect, having no past books to compare this to.

Right away this book captures your attention, only three sentences into the book and the action is in full force.  Agnes seems to be one of the main characters as the story immediately revolves around her, yet there is so much left up in the air about her. Part of what I loved about the story was how the author kept you wondering about what exactly was going on. I enjoy trying to figure out the mystery that lies within the story. You will also meet Bailey, Cole, and all of Cole's family, not to mention the many other interesting characters that make the story complete.

The story takes place in a small town  - Yancey, Alaska.  It is a place where most of the characters have grown up together. One thing about small towns is that often everybody knows everyone else's business and the past is not often forgotten. In this story Bailey is having to re-live and work through many of the unpleasant things she did as a teenager. She is now a Christian and a new person, yet there are people from her past that have not forgotten who she was and still see her that way. She had no desire to return to Yancey and face her past, but she inherited her aunt's store and had to return to tie up loose ends.

The book is filled with action and intrigue, but also with lessons on forgiveness and acceptance. Bailey has to learn to receive forgiveness from people and from God. She learns to see herself through God's eyes, rather than through the fog of her past mistakes. This is something I personally still struggle with, seeing myself as God sees me (beautifully made in His image!) not as I see myself - tarnished by my past and the things I hold onto that God has long since forgotten.

Another neat aspect of this book is all the info on diving. I am not sure I will ever be brave enough to go diving, never mind for extended periods of time! The author has a way of writing that has you easily picturing what the characters are seeing and experiencing. I am incredibly excited to see more from Dani Pettrey!

I totally loved this book and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! This book is absolutely worth checking out!

I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers to review honestly. A positive review was not required and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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