Reef McKenna, the rash rapscallion of the family McKenna, has reformed. After being accused of and acquitted of murder, he turned his life around. Finding a relationship with Christ was a huge part of his journey.
Kirra Jacobs, the girl he’s cared for since he was a young boy, is paired with him on the Iditarod Search and Rescue (SAR) team. Kirra’s always been the good girl, always ready to chew him out when he screwed up, so Reef’s concern drives him to follow her when she sneaks out of quarters in the middle of the night.
Kirra is incensed when Reed stops her, then admits she is concerned because her uncle, Frank, is missing. He alone of all the teams in the race has not checked in. This kind of behavior is highly unusual for Frank, so Kirra is determined to take one of the snowmobiles and go looking for him. Reef’s not about to let Kirra go off on her won and finally convinces her that where she goes—he goes.
They find Frank, who warns them off—kidnappers have taken his daughter, Meg, and unless he meets the their demands, she will be killed. Willing to do anything to save his daughter, Frank has agreed to do what they have asked. Hearing the noise of another snowmobile, Frank is quickly off.
Reef and Kirra at first think the snowmobiler is part of the SAR team, but find out otherwise when the man pulls a gun. Kirra makes it safely to the trees, but a shot grazes Reef. After she pulls Reef to safety, they elude the man and make their way safely to a cave Kirra knew about from working the race with her uncle and Meg previously.
With Reef and Kirra now missing, too, Darcy and Gage and the rest of the McKennas get involved. What has Frank been asked to do? Where is Meg? Who shot Reef and disabled their snowmobile? Will they make it to camp safely? Mush along with them on the Iditarod and elsewhere to find out.
Sabotaged is Dani Pettrey at her best. Instant action, instant intrigue, seemingly insurmountable circumstances, all interwoven with a growing romance and beautiful Alaskan scenery. Sabotaged wraps up the Alaskan Courage series nicely except for those of us who have fallen in love with the McKenna family and would love to read more of their adventures. My husband said he would only give the book four and a half stars-because it ended! Five books in the series—five stars for each!
Dani Pettrey is a delightful, personable author with a number of awards to her credit. She’s won the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT medallions, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best, among others.
Last January, as I sat in the lobby after the Writer to Writer Conference, I thought I saw Dani walking through the lobby. I messaged her to ask if she was indeed in Hershey—she was! She nicely came down, and we had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes—what fun and how kind of her to do so!
I look forward to reading many more Dani Pettrey books in the years to come!
Bethany House Publishers gave me a copy of Sabotaged for my candid review.