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Age Appropriate For: 16 and up for some violence and romance
Best for Ages: 18 and up
Description: Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey's search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper's bidding or she will die. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.
After finishing three of these books in a matter of a week, I was eagerly looking forward to the last installment of this series. By the time I finished, it was sad to say goodbye. I have really come to love the McKenna family and wish there were more adventures to come. However, the series wrapped up everything nicely in the end.
One of the things I have come to really love about Pettrey’s stories is that she tackles some really hard issues without going into so much detail as to horrify the reader, but also doesn’t gloss it over. That is a hard balance, especially with the topic in this book, but she manages. It is always hard to read about someone else’s pain.
Neither Reef or Kirra were my favorite characters, nor did I feel especially close to them. Yet, their story drew me in. I think that Pettrey’s strength is that she draws the reader into the story, no matter how they feel about the characters. My favorite part of the whole story has to be Jack trying to propose to his girl, but he keeps being interrupted.
Out of all the series, this had to be the strongest mystery. Some of the others had some holes, but this one was pretty tight, and felt more suspenseful. It kept me flipping pages and made the ending highly satisfying.
The romance was not my favorite of the McKenna’s, and I thought one of the romantic scenes at the beginning was a bit dumb, but it quickly got better. Pettrey did a great job of showing her characters as being committed to purity, without preaching about it.
The faith element in this story also seemed stronger than it had in any of the other stories. Understanding why God allows bad things to happen, how He helps us to heal, and trusting again were all covered in a very strong and powerful way.
I highly recommend this book to those who liked any of the other books in the Alaskan Courage series, those who like mysteries, and anyone who enjoys romance.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.