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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
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Bethany House
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Vena No. Currently, Dani Pettrey has 3 series, and none of them connect. However, one of the characters in her newest Coastal Guardian Series pops up in he…moreNo. Currently, Dani Pettrey has 3 series, and none of them connect. However, one of the characters in her newest Coastal Guardian Series pops up in her book, Still Life from the Chesapeake Valor series.(less)
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Karen Witemeyer
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read contemporary romantic suspense, but I decided to give Submerged a try, and boy am I glad I did. From the very beginning the setting breathed life, and I could have sworn the author herself was an experienced rescue diver because the dive scenes were so authentic. Dani Pettry knows how to do her research and weave it seamlessly into her stories in order to create a fantastic experience for the reader.

Cole McKenna is a top-notch, sigh-worthy hero. A man dedicated to family, to
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Whoa! What an adventure! I had a feeling that Dani Pettrey would write a romantic suspense that sucked me in from page one and wouldn’t let me go till the very end. And that's exactly what happened! While the suspense and tension wasn't very high in the first half of the book, things DO happen that keeps the reader going…and then I hit that halfway mark and it just took off!

There is quiet a large cast of characters in Submerged. Not only does the reade
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good start to a family orientated Christian Suspense that plunges you into the world of Yancy set Alaska.

The family dynamics was definitely my favourite aspect which is great as there are a few more books to this series :).

I love the way Biblical scripture and prayer was included through out the story.

The suspense element was ok.

I give Christina Moore 4 stars for her entertaining audio performance.

Piper was my favourite so I can not wait to read book two.

Recommended for all Christian susp
Victoria Lynn
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Submerged by Dani Petrey

This book. . . hmmm. . . I hate giving books reviews when they are less than three stars. This one was a 2.5 star for me.

What I liked.
Super creative. The whole mystery, was quite breathtaking and I really enjoyed all of the diving! Just super awesome in that respect!
THe characters were great too. I love the McKenna family, especially Piper and Gage. . . those two are my faves. THe whole book, I couldn’t help but think that I just wanted it to be all about Pipe
Christine Indorf
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I discovered I love Dani Pettrey. I read this book in 1 day and it was so worth it. I love the female lead and her struggle to forgive herself of her past sin and to believe God has forgiven her as well. Love the male lead who forgiven her as Christ forgave. One of the things I liked about this book is Christ isn't merely mention, but it is the theme of the novel. I can't wait to read this series and know more about this family. I highly recommend this book and I am sure the series!! ...more
What a great way to discover a new author! I understand that this is Dani Pettrey's debut novel. In my opinion, she did an excellent job. This was a fast read for me and kept my attention from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get my hands on book two... :)

Just finished re-reading this and I must say it's just as good the second time through!!
Andrea Cox
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
by Andrea Renee Cox

This is a challenging review for me to write. I wanted to give this book more than three stars, and I debated going up to four throughout the book. However, the continuous lewd mentions to Bailey's past just tipped things too far south for me.

Don't get me wrong: We all have sins in our past that stick in our minds long beyond receiving forgiveness from Jesus Christ. And yes, these things color our perceptions sometimes, as well as the perceptions of others. I think Ms. Pettrey
Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
Reading "Submerged" for the first time, I found myself wishing I could be part of the book's McKenna family, and I felt the same way the second and third times I read it. I've enjoyed getting to know this fictional family a great deal. The camaraderie and playfulness between siblings and the way in which they all look after one another is captivating.

The characters of this book were all well developed with varied personalities creatively shining through the text. There is a good balance of very
Julie Parks
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was such a strange blend. First, I'd no idea this was Christian and maybe that's a good thing as I probably wouldn't have picked it. But I found it on Amazon top 10 Free lists and gave it a shot and before I knew it, I was halfway sleep in sight, you know how it goes.

There's quite a lot of underwater scenes, so if you're uncomfortable with holding your breath quite literally while getting to the end of the page, maybe this isn't for you.

Forget about those few religious notes if you'
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Friends had been telling me how great this series is for a long time, but it somehow kept slipping to the bottom of my to-read pile. I finally got to it, and it's fantastic!

Bailey left Alaska, leaving her heart there with Cole McKenna and swearing never to return. When a death in the family pulls her back, she becomes involved in a police investigation that leads her into harm's way and Cole's arms.

The mystery is interesting, but the characters are what make this book such a great read. The Mc
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a start to what is sure to be a great series!

“Submerged” blends a wonderful array of great characters, gripping suspense and a romance that will the most hopeless of hearts at a near sigh.

One would think from the cover that the inside of the novel would be as chilling as the outside, but actually beginning to end, this novel has to be on the easiest, smoothest romantic suspense I believe I have read. Perfect balance in story and tension, romance and suspense. Character portrayals are dee
Sandra Noel
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book! I lived in Alaska for around 10 years total, and loved the idea of a book set there. However, I was pretty disappointed. Frankly, it sounded more like it was set in California, Florida or Hawaii than it was Alaska most of the time. "Surfer" lifestyle--in Alaska?!? The story is supposed to take place in a fictional town on the peninsula just south of Kodiak. Um, I lived on Kodiak. Her descriptions do not in any way match what I remember. She talks of Piper and L ...more
SUMMARY: A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town...until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Shannah Mauney
I am so excited to be reviewing this book, because I know in a few days I'll have book #2 in the series! This was an excellent book, and I read it in 2 days! Submerged by Dani Pettrey is the first book in the Alaskan Courage series. It takes us to a small town Yancey Alaska (I know, who would have thought!) :p and introduces us to a range of characters, but focuses on 2 main characters: Bailey Craig and Cole McKenna. Read my full review: ...more
I've been meaning to read Dani Pettrey for quite awhile now and am hooked! Very enjoyable story, told in a delightfully unique voice. I'm looking forward to more. I'm very grateful for Baker's offering this free...I snatched it up and read it that same night.

The story was not at all what I expected. I enjoyed the challenging mystery and was rooting for Bailey to make the decision she made almost from the very beginning! I've never studied much about diving, so I learned some very interesting fa
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Here's my thoughts on this one:

I struggled with it through a lot of it, mostly the amount of characters, a few parts I got a little bored with, I put the book down and read other books then by the time I picked it up again I'd forgotten who some people were. The ending felt rushed to me, and I'm still not sure what happened. This is also a Christian book, so there's a lot of inwardly praying to the Lord for so and so and such and such. The main character was supposed to be a born again Christia
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't want to be harsh in my reviews, because I know what it takes to write a novel, produce a film, music, etc. It's very difficult. This book was a recommended Nook Daily Find, which I have found to be a good source of books.

I have no faith in Christian fiction, Christian movies or any other Christian entertainment. It's as if Christian consumers have lowered their standards and anything with Christian content becomes more acceptable. Christian content does not make a book good. This is not
Laurie Elliott
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not realize this was a Christian book - as another reviewer pointed out the publisher is known as such, but again not aware. The plot at times jumped forward, author missed opportunities to richly detail the characters, the storyline, and surroundings. I did not find the descriptions of the Alaskan setting believable. Most annoying was the lecture given to Piper about being on a date until midnight, ostensibly with a man she could not possibly know all that well. What kind of a small town ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to! Usually I stay away from suspense and contemporary as well. But this had a plot of history weaved into the story and the meaning of the story, the struggles with faith that the main character goes through, made it very enjoyable!
All in all, 3.5 stars. It was very entertaining and meaningful and the characters were awesome as well :)
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is the first book in this series. I've read the latest book in the series, and now the first one. Now I just need to read all the ones in between. This is a fantastic series, great writing. Suspense, romance, light Christian fiction. Clean! Set in Alaska. :) ...more
Roseanna White
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight, but the story was excellent. LOVED all the Russian history in it!
Julie Gowel
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lots of bible thumping in this one.
Wow I’m impressed! A fun mystery but an even more sweet romance and story of discovering God’s unconditional love. I loved it!
Amanda Tero
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been on my TBR list forever, and now that I've started the series, I can't believe I waited so long!

I will point out the negative before I gush, because I really did like this book, but there are some things that I wouldn't recommend a teenager read this book. The whole story surrounding Bailey's past is of her history before salvation ("Easy Lay Bay"). Nothing went into detail, but it was very clear that men of the town talked about her lewdly. Even still, this theme in and of itself h
Emilie Chase
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What was that beautiful masterpiece that I just read? That was such a work of art. I loved the inspiring message of God’s forgiveness and unconditional love strewn all throughout this book.

Bailey was so relatable because, through most of the book, she was this broken, insecure girl but by the end of the book, she had blossomed into a healed, stronger woman than she realized she could ever be. This hit so close to home because I have felt broken before. Cried myself to sleep many times. But, I r
Mar 17, 2019 added it
DNF @ 20%. There's nothing wrong with this book--I'm just not quite feeling it right now.  ...more
Nicki Olsen
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

“The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed.” – Jacques Cousteau


Cole Mckenna is still shocked that the beloved aunt of one of his closest friends in high school was in the plane crash he was just called onto the scene to rescue. When he arrives at the hospital to find out she died, he has one thought. Bailey. More precisely, the woman he loved in high school that broke his heart and then left. When Bailey returns and more crimes are c
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**this ebook is now FREE on amazon, got my copy and definitely looking forward to reading it again!!**

Cole McKenna isn’t like other search-and-rescue divers. He loves God, he loves living in the small town of Yancy (population 603) with his brother and sisters, and he loves adventure. Him and his family help with search-and-rescue missions, but they take it personally when rescued victims don’t survive. Cole’s best friend, Landon, works with the sheriff’s office and they work hard to keep the pe
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Submerged is Dani Pettrey's debut novel, but I would have never guess that from the writing! The characters, story... everything was so well written and entertaining that I enjoyed Submerged right from the beginning!

The characters were fantastic! As the story continued I found myself caring more and more about what happened with them and wishing for a happy ending. I hav
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