Finally Returned Home, Reef McKeena
Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska’s arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night.
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. 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.
This is the last book in the Alaskan Courage series, and so I was kind of sad to start it because it means the end of the McKennas, My thoughts:
What I liked:
The Alaska backdrop. I’ve never been there and yet Ms. Pettrey manages to make it come alive. More than that though, somehow, throughout the series, she has managed to show me different aspects and things about Alaska, and I particularly liked learning a bit about the dog sled races.
The Mckennas. A part of me wanted everyone in the other books to be involved in this one. While everyone is at some point mentioned, they are not all in this book (and honestly the book would be too convoluted if they were). That said, I loved my glimpses of Jake, Kayden, Gage and Darcy (just not ready to let go).
The mystery. It’s suitably suspenseful and very engaging. As I’ve said before, Pettrey writes her mysteries heavy on the romance and light on the who-done-it, and that’s just perfect for me. I still wasn’t sure what was going on and all who were involved until the very end.
Reef. Reef has really grown throughout the series and come along way from the first time that we met him. I was just really proud of Reef and I loved the man that he had become. He challenged me in his faith and trust in God.
Spiritually, the theme of the novel is trusting God, even when bad things happen, that He’s going to work it all out. It was portrayed well throughout the entire novel.
What I didn’t like:
The romance was introduced in the previous novel, and you know that Reef and Kirra have a history, but still I felt like it happened a bit quickly. But it doesn’t detract from the story.
The series is over!
Romantic scale: 7.8
Overall, a wonderful conclusion to a fabulous series. I’m just not sure what I’m going to do without my McKennas!
**I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**