Pettrey’s debut, the first in the Alaskan Courage series, combines all of the perfect elements for romantic suspense with a meaningful spiritual message. The Alaskan setting is magnificently described. Bailey is a sympathetic, flawed character that readers will identify with, and her relationship with Cole is true to life.
Bailey Craig left the small town of Yancey, Alaska, and the terrible reputation she had created for herself, many years ago, never planning to return. Yet when her beloved aunt is killed in a plane crash, Bailey must face her fears and ensure that her aunt’s affairs are handled. Cole McKenna is one of the divers tasked with retrieval of the victims of the crash. He has never forgotten Bailey, and is once again caught up with the chemistry between them. When it is determined that the crash was no accident, Bailey agrees to lend her expertise to find out who killed her aunt and why. (BETHANY HOUSE, May., 320 pp., $14.99)