This is the fifth and final book in this series set in Alaska. This one centers on Reef McKenna. He has finally returned home and with his siblings, works on the Iditarod race.
This is another good novel centering on the McKenna family and a fitting conclusion. Reef had been the trouble maker in the family but now knows Christian faith and has turned his life around. He and his siblings are working with search and rescue for the Iditarod.
As with the others in the series, there is Alaska adventure combined with romance. Kirra Jacobs has known Reef since childhood. When Kirra's uncle goes missing from the race, and it looks like his daughter has been kidnapped, Reef and Kirra work together to find them. Romance soon blossoms.
The romance moves quickly. That is somewhat possible as the two have known each other for ages. But Kirra had a traumatic experience in college. While the past experience is a fitting obstacle to establishing a relationship with Reef, it did seem like she got over it way too easily.
The adventure is good. It was interesting to learn some about the Iditarod and some of the stops along the route. We also find out some about eco-terrorism. There is a suitable red herring and an exciting and somewhat suspenseful end. It seemed to me that people traveled by plane or snow mobile rather easily, even when there were storms raging. I would have liked more description of the locale, jagged mountains, etc.
It was good to see how the McKenna family all worked together, supporting each other. I have enjoyed the series but do feel the earlier books were better.
Dani Pettrey is the winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband live in Maryland where she home-schools their two teenage daughters. Find out more at www.danipettrey.com.
Bethany House, 336 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.