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Stranded (Alaskan Courage #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,724 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews

When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a w
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Published September 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of suspence (i.e., Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson) or of Pettrey's prior novels
In case you hadn’t heard, the McKenna family is baaack! There’s been no secret made how well these novels resonate with fans – its ability to make us catch our breath then turn around and coax a smile brands this series as leaders of its genre. As a reader, the excitement and danger makes for a fast, entertaining read (the kind you never wish to see conclude) and specifically speaking from a point of relation, discovering an emotionally relatable character within these pages has been a wonderful ...more
Dora Hiers
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My summary~
Darcy St. James gave up investigative reporting years ago, but she still loves the thrill of tracking down leads. So when her friend, Abby, terribly frightened and distraught about her current story, contacts her, Darcy determines to help her friend uncover the truth. When Darcy arrives on the cruise ship, Abby has vanished. Restless and hoping to squash five month old memories of Darcy, Gage McKenna accepts the excursions gig on the cruise ship. The last person he expects to run into
SUMMARY: When Her Friend Goes Missing,
Every Minute Counts

Darcy St. James returns to Alaska to join a journalist friend undercover on the trail of a big story. But when Darcy arrives, she finds her friend has disappeared. Troubled by the cruise ship's vague explanation, Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further.

The last person Gage McKenna expects to see during his summer aboard a cruise ship leading adventure excursions is Darcy. And in typical Darcy fashion, she's digging
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another thrilling addition to the Alaskan Courage series! Dani Pettrey has once again crafted an intense ride full of suspense, danger and sizzling attraction. If you haven't read Submerged and Shattered, stop right now and read those books! They set the stage for this exciting series. Shattered is a definite must read as Gage McKenna and Darcy St. James meet in that book and much about their relationship in Stranded is grounded by a knowledge of what they went through together in Shattered.

May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Age Appropriate For: 16 and up violence, romance, and references to the modern slave trade
Best for Ages: 16 and up

Yes, I went right from the second to the third book. I was so eager to find out what happens to the McKennas and Darcy. I also have to confess that I have a strange enjoyment for mysteries that take place aboard boats, so this one was right up my alley.

This one did deal with some harder subject matter of the modern slave trade. However, I felt that it was handled in such a way that n
I love each return to Alaska and the McKenna family! This one was particularly engaging as Darcy is trying desperately to find her friend Abby, and hoping against hope that Abby isn't already murdered. I always love stories that show strong friendships, and it's great to see Darcy willing to risk her own life for her lost friend's. The mystery is good, too, with many twists that will be sure to keep anyone guessing.

It does deal with some harsh realities (international slave trade) so it may be g
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenges
I love the McKenna family! They are such a close family, and are so welcoming to others. It was great to be with them again!

This series just continues to deliver! I've loved each book, and this was no exception. I'm excited to read the next one!
Julie Graves
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, christian
Darcy has left undercover investigative journalism. But when her friend Abby calls her to come help her in her investigation of a cruise line Darcy cannot turn her down. Before Darcy gets a chance to meet up with Abby she disappears. Darcy is now determined to find what has happened to her friend.

Gage and his family have been hired to lead adventure tours for the same cruise line that Darcy is now investigating. Gage and Darcy have not seen each other in several months. Gage is determined to no
Hannah Lane
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
For about ten years, I've been looking for a Christian author to come around to compare to Dee Henderson, my favorite. I had high hopes for Dani Pettrey, but unfortunately I always find one "off" aspect of her books.
This book revisits Gage and Darcy, who were featured in the previous book, Shattered. Darcy is investigating the disappearance of her friend and Gage and his family end up being around to help.
Without giving too much away, I agree that the romance aspect seemed to fluctuate from te
Katie W
This is book 3 in a series, but I found that it was fine as a stand-alone. I haven't read the others and had no problem figuring out what was going on. After reading what the other two are about, it seems that they go more in depth with certain characters, so these main characters may have been mentioned, but were not the main focus of the previous stories.

This was a really suspenseful story with the added bonus of a romance in the wings. There are also some Christian moments, but they were def
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is Stranded by Dani Pettrey,* and it is the third book in her Alaskan Courage series. If you haven't read the previous two, its ok, but I highly recommend doing so because they are so fantastic. The cover alone is breathtaking. Just look:

The back is even more beautiful, but I'm not tech savvy enough to figure out how to show it to you. :( Seriously, whoever did the cover photos and design, my hat goes off to you! It makes me want to just dive right in to that frigid water - or at least take
Naomi Rawlings
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Past heartbreak, a budding love, an elite Alaskan cruise ship, disappearing women, and a dangerous ring of criminals. . .

Stranded by Dani Pettrey offers readers a perfect blend of suspense and romance, with characters that seem so real they could jump off the page and become your best friends.

Darcy and Gage set the pages of Stranded practically on fire. Having already known each other for several months, these characters start the story with a lot of feelings and opinions about each other. Those
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was a well written and entertaining Christian suspense novel with a romantic subplot. I really liked the characters and the interesting plot twists along the way. I truly enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading more of the series. It has earned its place on my favorites' list.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
When journalist Darcy St James is asked to join her friend Abby undercover on a cruise ship in Alaska, she knows something big is afoot. However, Abby goes missing before she has a chance to tell Darcy what's happening. Why are the crew reluctant to talk about the woman who went overboard and why is it so hard to track down the rescue crew? Meanwhile, hunky Gage McKenna has joined the crew to run adventure excursions through the company he and his siblings operate out of Yancey, Alaska. Can he l ...more
Jordyn Redwood
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

*** A strong 3.5 stars ***

This is my first read by Dani Pettrey and the third book in the series. It's clear why Dani is making a name for herself in the romantic suspense genre-- the romance angle is definitely her strength. I also really enjoyed the setting in Alaska.

A woman has disappeared off a cruise ship. Is she dead? Just missing? And could this be tied to other missing women?

I tend to gravitate to more thriller novels so when I do read romantic suspense I do like more of a 50/50 split
Shannah Mauney
This book is fantastic. It is just what I have come to expect from Dani Pettrey. A beautiful blend of mystery, romance, and a great message, I highly recommend this book! View my full review here.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like classic Dee Henderson (the True Devotion and O’Malley series), then you’ll love Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series—Submerged, Shattered and Stranded. I’ve read all three, and really enjoyed them all. Stranded is the third in a series, but you don’t have to read the other two first (although that might help you sort out all the characters—the McKenna family is large and growing).

When Darcy St James gets a call from her college roommate asking for help, she’s immediately packed and
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This was one fast pace-can't-put-down read! This is probably my favourite book in this series and one of my favourite books of all time.

Darcy St James is undercover, searching for her missing friend Abby when she runs into Gage and the rest of the McKenna family on a cruise ship and daily excursions. I loved Darcy when she was introduced in Shattered, book two of the Alaskan Courage series. I just loved her character and spunk and how she and Gage interacted.

I loved this book - I loved the story
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Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dani Pettrey has delivered yet another thrilling adventure from the Alaskan Courage series. With a boat-load of fun characters and thrilling adventures, reading this book was a blast. I love how Dani Pettrey kept some of the same characters from previous books. Sure, Stranded is about Gage and Darcy, but the book still had some of the McKenna clan in it. Not as much as I would have liked, but you take what you can get. As far as reading the book, it was phenomenal.
Natalie (Megan) Hawthorne (Wilson)
I got a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

This was the first book by Dani Pettrey that I have gotten a chance to read - Wow, was I missing out! She isn't a good author, she is a great one! I am definitely planning on going back and reading the first two books of the Alaskan Courage series.

To tell the truth, I was a bit concerned about reading Stranded only because it was the third in the series. Generally, I try to read series in order for I don't like feeling
Laura Grace
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely Dani's best yet!

I absolutely loved Gage and Darcy's story! It was a lot more emotional then the first two novels, but it does not take away from the story in the least bit! In fact, it adds more to it because we get an inside look into Gage's heart and walk with him (as well as Darcy) as they both experience healing through Jesus!

I also really liked the main topic that Dani talks about concerning the suspense which was human trafficking! The overall story of this was so dist
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Príbeh je zamotaný presne tak ako ho Dani zamotať vie. No oproti ostatným bol oveľa, oveľa slabší. Nedržal ma až tak v napätí, ako som s myslela, že bude. Navyše, kým v predchádzajúcich dielach bola tematika náboženstva decentne vsunutá do diela, že krásne splynula s textom, v tomto prípade jej tu bolo priveľa. Často som mala pocit, že Dani nevie, čo napísať, tak začne o Bohu, len aby neostali prázdne strany. Alebo akoby jej niekto povedal, že keď chceš, aby sme tvoje romány zaradili medzi kresť ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Another great book in this Alaskan Courage series. I'm reading them a bit out of order, but it doesn't seem to matter too much. This is a fun romantic suspense. Clean. Christian Fiction. So glad my e-library has them!
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this wonderful Alaskan series. What a good author who weaves mystery and romance together.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good final book to the series (I read them out of order). I enjoyed this one quite a bit as the storyline was straightforward and the cruise ship setting was interesting.
Darcy as the "bulldog" investigator is a compelling lead character.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating is 4.5 stars

My Comments
Wow, this is definitely another gripping book from the same author who became a favorite of mine after reading Submerged!! Darcy St. James has just reported for work on this cruise ship headed to Russia when her friend and boss, Abby, goes missing. Darcy has no idea what she’s in for, but she knows something is terribly wrong and will stop at NOTHING to find out what happened to Abby.

Gage McKenna has also taken a job aboard the cruise ship not knowing Darcy’s involv
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review here:

The third book in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series, Stranded (Bethany House), sees the return of investigative journalist Darcy St James to Alaska on a mission to find her friend who has disappeared from a cruise ship while undercover. Gage McKenna’s attempt at avoiding the captivating Darcy is foiled when her cover story necessitates her assignment to his sporting expeditions under the guise of promoting the cruise lines new excursi
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
While investigating a friend's disappearance, Darcy St. James discovers a dangerous operation--and becomes its next target. Can the McKennas find her before it's too late?

One thing I absolutely love about Dani Pettrey's books is that the story and characters immediately draw me in on the first page- an amazing feat considering that so few books have accomplished that goal for me. Most of them start slow but then pick up at the end. One thing you can count on for Pettrey's books is that it will b
Jessica Higgins
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Alaskan Courage series is the best so far. More action and suspense with a much better storyline that keeps you guessing.

Stranded focuses on Gage McKenna and Darcy St. James. Darcy returns to Alaska to help a journalist friend who is undercover on a cruise ship and onto a big story. When she arrives she can’t find her friend, who has mysteriously disappeared. Darcy uses her cover as a travel reporter to investigate further. After her last time in Alaska she found herself fa
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Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than 400,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable cha ...more

Other books in the series

Alaskan Courage (5 books)
  • Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)
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