No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This highly suspenseful book covers a story of a young girl who has just been given her life back and her mother. Andie and Jenna have faced so much adversity, from Andie's diagnosis to the loss of Andie's father/Jenna's husband. This plane ride home is a celebration. That is, until their trusted friend Hank slugs a last minute passenger and the plane goes down. For days, the girls, along with the unknown passenger Cole, try to reach safety. Cole finally breaks down and tells Jenna that someone is trying to kill her and Andie.
Andie in her sweet way tries to reach Cole with her message of Christ. Cole is a hard one to crack though. Something or someone is preventing him from loving God. Rather, he blames Him.
A pivotal turn comes about when Andie recognizes Cole's tattoo...it's just like her dad's. Did he know him? If so, how? Only when they are able to radio for help does the whole truth come out. Will the girls ever be safe again?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially reading about the terrain in Alaska. I was fortunate enough to visit Anchorage and the surrounding areas about 15 years ago. It's the most beautiful place I've ever seen before! I wasn't not aware that there are so many different names for the mountains. Learning (very) little about the Athabaskan culture was also interesting to me. The suspense built into the story seemed to compound with every page turn. You don't know who is good and who is bad because the details keep on coming out each character!
Some readers may be turned off by the amount of "God talk" in this book as Andie does spend a lot of time trying to convince various characters to find God. While I do not agree (nor does the Bible) that salvation comes from praying God into your heart as a sole action (there are 5 steps to salvation...hearing, believing, repenting, confessing, and baptism), I would still recommend this book for it's clean fictional value.
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