Book Review: A Safe Haven
Jenna and Andi Tikaani-Gray are hoping for a fresh start. Though twelve year-old Andi has long struggled with a rare medical disorder, she and her mother have finally received good news from out-of-town specialists. It's news they desperately needed, especially after the recent death of Jenna's husband (Andi's dad) in a car accident. But as they are flying home to Alaska, ready to begin again, the unthinkable happens. The pilot sabotages their small plane and crashes into Sultana, one of the most remote and dangerous mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Even worse, a winter storm is headed their way along with someone who doesn't want to save them, but to kill them. Only one man can keep them alive: Cole Maddox, the mysterious last-minute passenger who joined them on their flight. But trust doesn't come easy to Jenna or AndiÑand they both sense Cole is hiding something. A relentless tale of survival and suspense unfolds, involving military technology designed by Jenna's late husband that some would do anything to possess.
I really, really wanted to be able to endorse this book 100%, because I loved the idea of a mother and daughter team crafting a book together; indeed, the book definitely benefited from their differing points of view. I enjoyed the action in the story, but some of the inner thoughts of the characters just did not ring true and detracted from the story. I kept finding myself wondering how, in the midst of peril and terror (i.e. someone almost falling to their death), they would have time to have the introspection that the characters are displayed as having. I did appreciate learning about the author's unique disease, however. Overall, I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars, and would definitely lend it to a female crowd who would enjoy the romantic aspects of the story.