Thursday, September 19, 2013
About the book:
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 woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.
Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He’s surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report.
Something sinister is going on, and the deeper they dig, the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.
Like the other two books in the series, this story is full of intrigue and exciting excursions. The subject matter is a bit different because it has to do with missing persons. Darcy, the heroine, is a fun heroine. She's spunky, but stubborn as well. That stubborn view gets her into a lot of trouble, but it also keeps her going even when things seem hopeless. Her faith also sustains her.
I wasn't as satisfied with this romance as I was with the others. It seemed a bit more stilted and the hero's faith journey seemed a bit more random and less natural in the way he converted. I liked his character, though, especially when he couldn't resist the heroine even when he tried. That was romantic. I think my favorite aspect of this series had to do with the exotic setting. This one focused on a cruise ship and kayaking on rough water, plus some camping. I like the uniqueness of the setting because not many books are set in Alaska.
I got the impression from the loose ends with Jake and Kayden that there might be a fourth book in the works. If there is, I'd read it. As with the other books, I was surprised and pleased when the mystery was solved because the situation made sense when they discovered who was behind the criminal activity. I like this family. They remind me a bit of the television family from Eight is Enough, but minus the parent. This was a good story and I enjoyed it and read it quickly.
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