Submerged by Dani Pettrey
Bethany House Publishers ISBN 978-0-7642-0982-6
Agnes Grey lived in Yancey, Alaska. She ran a store called the Russian-American Trading Post. Her death as the result of a plane crash turns into a murder investigation with surprising results. Ten years before Agnes’s death her niece, Bailey Craig, left Yancey for good-or so she thought. Agnes made Bailey her heir and because of Bailey’s love for her aunt, she does return to Yancey for Agnes’s funeral and with the intention of selling the Post. She planned to leave Yancey as soon as she could. She didn’t want to face her past.
It has been said that you can’t go back home again. Up to this point in time Bailey believed she couldn’t and wouldn’t return to Yancey. She was filled with shame and remorse about her past life in Yancey. Bailey had broken Cole McKenna’s heart all those years ago. Upon her reappearance Cole discovered that Bailey had changed. She is not the same person that had caused him so much pain. It became evident that Bailey had to prolong her stay in order to assist in the murder investigation. Several sub plots converge. Bailey and Cole struggle with their feelings for each other. Why would anyone want Agnes dead? Two strangers were also murdered. Cole, his family and Bailey found themselves in a life threatening situation while trying to solve the murders.
Submerged is a story filled with suspense, romance and intrigue. The past is superimposed on the present and are skillfully brought together. In addition, the author brought the characters to life which resulted in a wonderfully readable novel.
I received this book at no charge from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.