Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whither so ever thou goest.
When Dr. Bree Mathison’s plane plummets into the Alaskan wilderness at Christmastime, she is torn between grief and panic. With the pilot—her dear friend—dead and wolves circling, she struggles to survive. Search and Rescue leader David Stone fights his way through the elements to save her. David suspects the plane crash might not have been an accident, spurring Bree’s sense that she’s being watched. But why is someone after her? Suddenly Bree finds herself caught in the middle of a whirlwind of secrets during the holiday season. With everyone she cares about most in peril, Bree and her promised protector must battle the Alaskan tundra and vengeful criminals to make it to the New Year. Alaskan Search and Rescue: Risking their lives to save the day.
Margaret Daley has a new series, Alaskan Search and Rescue, and the first one in this series, The Yuletide Rescue, is due to be released Dec. 1, 2014. A true signature of her writing is a good, clean romance. This is a story of a romance interlaced with suspense and a crisis of faith. Her amazing ability to weave words together doesn't just bring you a good story, but actually pulls you into the story.
We are introduced to Aubrey "Bree" Mathinson who is a young woman that has had a rough couple of years. After losing her father 8 years ago she left Alaska to go to medical school. After completing school she returns to home to practice medicine. She has been overwhelmed with survivor's guilt since the death of her fiancé 6 years ago and then losing her mother has left her very vulnerable. She has thrown herself into keeping busy by flying to the outlying villages for a month at time to provide medical care. If not for her dad's childhood friend and her adopted uncle, Jeremiah, her life would be very lonely, but even with Jeremiah she still feels empty inside.
The story takes place as Jeremiah flies out to pick her up from an outlying village, but on the return flight the plane crashes leaving Bree to battle the elements in order to stay alive.
After retiring from the Air Force David Stone is approached by a friend to come to Alaska and help with the Northern Frontier Search and Rescue. David lost his wife while serving a tour of duty in the middle east and if that's not enough, he also suffers from PTSD. His dreams are haunted by the faces of the men who died while under his command, especially Lt. Adams. So keeping busy was his ultimate goal. Putting his flying skills to good use rescuing people was a sure way to keep both mind and body occupied. When the call came about a plane down and that is was Jeremiah's, David knew time was running out for his friend with the approaching weather system.
Arriving at the crash site and finding Bree alive was a stroke of luck, but suddenly their luck was about to run out. Was Jeremiah's crash only an accident or had it been orchestrated by an unknown assailant? David's protective instincts kick in and Bree knows he will keep her safe physically, but is afraid her heart won't be. As David witnesses Bree's deep faith and trust in God he begins to wonder how he lost his, but is determined to find it.
I do believe this is one of my favorite books by Margaret Daley. I would recommend it to anyone who like an inspirational story. The next book, To Save Her Child, which is the second book in the series is set to be released in Feb. 2015. I was given this book by the author for a honest review without bias as stated above.
Meet the Author:
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date. Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2200 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.